Fonds med-77 - Alberta Foundry and Machine Company Limited fonds

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Alberta Foundry and Machine Company Limited fonds

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CA MED med-77

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  • 1911-1990 (Creation)
    Alberta Foundry and Machine Company

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72 cm of textual records. -- 44 photographs

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The Alberta Foundry and Machine Co. Ltd. was founded in September of 1911, by John Edward Davies (1904-1951). At the first Shareholder's meeting in 1911, H.C. Yuill was elected President, John Davies became Secretary, and Herbert MacDougall became the Vice President until he retired in June of 1913. Vernon W. Parrish was then appointed as the Foundry's second Vice President. The company was formed to manufacture items such as steel rails, catch basins, manhole covers, lamp posts, valves, hydrants, pumps and mining machinery as well as farm implements. By 1913, the plant was in full operation employing between 30 to 37 men. By April of 1913, employees had increased to 40 with an annual payroll of $25,000. In 1916, J.E. Davies was appointed President, V.W. Parrish, Secretary/Treasurer and G.B. Davies, Vice President. During the First World War, the foundry was kept busy manufacturing shells. After the armistice, the plant experienced a period of decline, and it was leased to the Canadian Farm Implement Co. This company produced the "Canadian Tractor" and rod-weeders. The company experienced a lull until 1940, and when World War II intensified, the plant was again reverted to a munitions manufacturing center. The plant had received orders form the Department of Munitions and Supply to manufacture shells and by 1942, was completely devoted to war production. At that time, it employed 150 people, working 20 hours per day; 2 ten hour shifts. By March of 1945, it had turned out a total of 525,335 shells with orders to produce another 78,000. In July 1945, with the end of the war in sight, the company was ordered to dismantle, clean and crate the machinery used to manufacture the shells and ship it to Winnipeg for storage. T. McAvity and Sons (Western) Ltd. bought the foundry in 1955. At that time, the employees were down to 12, but by 1959, the plant was back in full production and employees numbered 49. On an average, hydrants were produced at a rate of 12 per day. On August 1, 1960, Crane Canada Ltd. bought the plant and it became known as the "McAvity Division." Later it was known as McAvity Products or the Valves and Industrial Division of Crane Canada Ltd. In 1982, the plant increased with the introduction of an electric melting furnace, thus replacing the cupola furnaces run by coke. In December 1990, the company was bought by Clow Canada and continues to make fire hydrants and municipal castings.

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The fonds consists of: a Certificate of Incorporation (1911); cash and payroll book (1911-1917); various war order contracts and associated documents between the Foundry and the Department of Munitions and Supply (1941-1945); Memorandum of Association (1911); Minute Books (1911-1922); copied page from Minute Book showing Canadian Farm Implements take over in 1923. Asset Ledgers (1955-82), Customer Ledger (1950-60), Accounts Payable Ledger (1929-59); images of various scenes at Alberta Foundry and Machine Co., Canadian Farm Implements, Connaught School, and Sarnia Ranch.

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Gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Grant, July 1959, and November 18, 1971. 0525 -- Unknown donor. 0595 -- Gift of Mrs. Ruth Heckbert, June 3, 1989.


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M85.45.1-.2, M76.4.8, M78.29.1, M84.1.26, Clippings File. Biography File. Medicine Hat News Special Edition 1913. FP 595.1

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Record No. M2004.20;M75.20.1;M71.362 - .381;M70.78;M59.1.1-.2;P 0040;P 0525.0122;P 0595<br><br>

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