Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 15, 2017

Courtaulds (Canada) Limited Cornwall, 1924 – 1992.

A postcard showing Courtaulds Canada, Cornwall looking northwest, ca. 1958.  The managers’ homes are visible in the middle bottom.  They are still there.

Sod was broken for the plant in 1924 and it opened in 1925, it closed in Cornwall in 1992.

The postcards states that the company made Viscose Filament Yarn, Tyrex, Fibro, Coloray Carpets, Larson Boats and Styrolite.

An ad for Courtaulds synthetic fabrics, circa 1940.  Donated by former Courtaulds’ employee Ransom Ledoux.

A sample of the first Canadian viscose yarn produced by Courtaulds (Canada) Ltd.

The material was woven by Clark Stohn of Canada Ltd., Granby, P.Q.

It was donated to the museum by Courtaulds in 1957.

In 1993 the City of Cornwall issued a number of postcards advertising empty industrial lots around Cornwall.

The postcard said “225,000 square feet for sake or lease.  1150 Montreal Road.

Space available from 50,000 square feet.

Lot Size: 80 acres; ceilings:  21 feet; heating system:  steam;  dock level doors:  four; columns: 24 feet.

The mills were demolished, but the administration building was saved and is now occupied by the Standard-Freeholder.

Throughout the months of October and November the public are invited to view the museum extensive Courtaulds’ Cornwall photographs collection.

Much of what we have was saved by former employee Ransom Ledoux with the hope of one time opening a Courtaulds Museum.



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