Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | July 10, 2016

Pellon Chemotextiles Ltd., Cornwall, 1970 – 1992.


Pellon Chemotextiles Ltd., 1020 Montreal Road. Cornwall.

The worldwide West German firm of Pellon Chemotextiles established its Cornwall office in 1970 and opened its plant 2 years later.  In 1980 the firm which had employed as many as 100 people modernized and reduced its workforce.

In 1998 the comply employed 65.

By 1990 the firm was known as Freudenberg Novwovens Inc.  The Cornwall plant employed 75 people and was Canada’s largest maker of nonwoven products.

In July 1991, it was announced that the plant would be closed in March, 1992.  The plant according to company officials was closing because of “rationalization of manufacturing facilities in North America.  Free trade was blamed for the problem.


Throughout the 1990s Cornwall had a number of empty factories.  To advertise the space the City printed a series of postcards to find occupants.  The empty factory served for a while as Mikey’s Fun Factory.


The reverse of the advertising card.

This is a sample of archival material tracing Cornwall’s industrial past in the archives at the Cornwall Community Museum.


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