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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Simcoe > American Canning Company
American Canning Company
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created by The_Spot on 12/23/2003 8:05 PM
last modified by phrenzee on 7/6/2011 6:03 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Robinson Street
Simcoe, Ontario
Owner: Grant Sanders
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    American 20's Deco Architecture
    The Water Tower
    The Elevator
    Green Glass Windows
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • dogs
  • locked gates
  • oil spills
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1929
    Closed: 1991
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • decent pair of boots would be a good idea
  •  Recommended Equipment

    In 1929, the American Can Company chose Simcoe as the site for its new can manufacturing factory. Located on Robinson Street at the former location of Central School, the new factory was a striking example of art deco architecture not generally found in small town Ontario. During war times, the plant was temporarily used to make shell and artillery casings. The decrease of male employees at the plant due to the war also brought an increase of women to the plant. At one point Simcoe was one of the largest can manufacturing companies in Canada, producing so many cans that one of every two food containers in Canada was made at the Simcoe American Can plant. The plant continued to grow and develop new manufacturing methods to increase production. In 1977, the plant reached its peak production, employed 600 people and paid the best wages in the entire area. In 1991, Ball Packaging, the owners since 1988, announced the closing of the plant and the remaining 210 employees were given notice.

     Media Coverage
    Two part series from Simcoe Reformer, Dec 29/30 2008:

    Demolition plans:

     Future Plans

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     Photo Galleries
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    Cannery Visits 1 & 2 Misc
    Tue, Dec 23rd, 2003
    posted by The_Spot
    47 pictures
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    Tue, Mar 2nd, 2004
    posted by manitou
    120 pictures
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    Mon, Jun 5th, 2006
    posted by Lexi
    23 pictures
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    lopix was around
    Wed, Aug 1st, 2007
    posted by lopix
    16 pictures
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    hedd's trip - July 2007
    Mon, Aug 20th, 2007
    posted by hedd
    10 pictures
    Click to view gallery
    January 2009
    Sat, Jan 3rd, 2009
    posted by
    16 pictures
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    E-Photogs solo trip
    Sun, May 30th, 2010
    posted by e-photog
    6 pictures

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    Big Blue Sky
    Sat, Jul 28th, 2007
    posted by hedd

    180 inside, second floor
    Sat, Jul 28th, 2007
    posted by hedd

    E-Photog's Pan
    Sun, May 30th, 2010
    posted by e-photog
     Web Links
    Ntropy write-up/ Photos :


    Last Kick at the Can:

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    Category Rating
    Photography 9 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 7/6/2011 11:42 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 6 11 at 23:42, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 6 11 at 18:03, phrenzee changed the following: Status
  • on Jul 6 11 at 18:02, phrenzee changed the following: Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Apr 11 11 at 17:10, Steed validated this location
  • on Apr 11 11 at 11:05, phrenzee changed the following: Owner, Status, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on May 31 10 at 6:31, Steed validated this location
  • on May 30 10 at 18:39, e-photog reordered images in gallery E-Photogs solo trip
  • on May 30 10 at 18:38, e-photog added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 30 10 at 18:37, e-photog created a new gallery
  • on May 30 10 at 18:05, e-photog updated panorama E-Photog's Pan
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