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Doors Closed Waterloo
#1
I found this site with histories of many prominent manufacturers from Waterloo Region.

https://doorsclosedwaterloo.wordpress.com/
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#2
Very interesting. And upon reflection, I recall having a lot of that manufactured stuff in our home; Electrohome TV's, air conditioners, humidifiers and likely some fans. I also remember my parents getting Hush Puppies and Kodiaks. And by golly, those products would last forever. The one AC lasted right into the late 1990's and was still working when I sold it for $20.

Missing also is the Arrow Shirt Factory, which my mom would drag me out to for shirts for my Sunday best.

And in all honesty, I never really appreciated all this stuff that was made in Kitchener, with the exception of Dare Cookies and Schneiders. I remember with glee visiting someone in the US and finding the Red Hots down there with the "Made in Kitchener" on it. Proud moment.

Well, at least we still have Dare.

My childhood does recall proudly, Budd Canada. I have no idea why it is etched in my mind. I just remember that my teacher was getting frustrated trying to remember a large plant in Kitchener that built for the auto manufacturers. So this 8-year old blurts out "Budd's?" And she was like "Yeah! That's it! Budds makes all these frames for Chevy and BMW and Volkswagen!!!" Or something like that. I also recall Uniroyal.......and I'd purchase them, keep jobs in Kitchener, but I guess $100 cheap Chinese tires will always beat the $220 one from our town.

I am sad now....this conversation sucks.
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#3
Back in the day, it was pretty much a given that you would purchase locally, when that was an option (and it frequently was). You knew that you were supporting your neighbours' jobs. There was also a bit of chauvinism in the underlying assumption that anything locally made was the best (or at least the best for the price).
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