Friday, January 22, 2016

We used to make things in this country. #225: Garrett Manufacturing Ltd., Rexdale, Ontario


I found this metal badge bent into a bracket (hence all of the holes drilled in it) in a box of stuff I picked up recently.

Garrett Manufacturing Limited was established in 1954 as a Canadian division of the Garrett Aerospace Company of Los Angeles.  At its height, the Toronto operation employed 1400 people, making and repairing specialty aircraft components for both Canadian and foreign airlines.  By 1968, it was down to 500 employees.  It became Garrett Canada after being bought by Allied-Signal, a Fortune 500 company.  Since 2000, it has only been awarded one Canadian government contract, worth about $80,000. A google search for "Garrett Canada" yields very little, so I'm forced to conclude that the company is gone.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's still a large ongoing operation, now called Honeywell Aerospace, Mississauga

Unknown said...

I worked at Garrett for 6 years and my father was employee number 5 when they opened in Canada. They had a plant across from Disneyland in LA

Unknown said...

I worked there for 15 years. A really good atmosphere with great people. Sure miss the place.

Anonymous said...

Garrett Canada was at one time a fantastic place to work. It had a reputation in the aerospace industry as one of the top vendors. That was Garrett Canada. Today if you are looking for employment where hard work, dedication and loyalty are rewarded Honeywell is definitely not the place to work.

Mister G said...

Thanks for the comments. I welcome stories from these changing companies.

Unknown said...

My dad worked there for over thirty years

Mister G said...

I'm always looking for stories, photos- any glimpse into life at these companies...

Alan Whiteley said...

In 1960 at the age of 14 I applied for a summer job at GML. Norm Spinks, a prince of a man, hired me to locate and label tools that had been used to manufacture parts for the CF100. I had to sign out drawings from the crib and use them too find the tools. Every employee I ever encountered at GML treated this young lad with consideration and respect. At the end of that first summer I was offered a job working weekends. This was immensely helpful because we were an immigrant family without significant assets. I worked summers and weekends at GML until I was 22. In those years I cleared shipments through customs, created work cards in Production, packaged products in Shipping and priced inputs in Accounting. What a fantastic practical education.
Without GML I would never have been able to finance my university education. Since graduation I have done graduate work in Philosophy, taught at Upper Canada College, clerked for the Chief Justice of Ontario and spent 38 years as a lawyer specializing in aerospace and defence work.
If any former GML personnel read this comment, I want to thank you for making such a significant contribution to my life.

Mister G said...

Thank you for your contribution!