Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We used to make things in this country. #93: Outboard Marine & Manufacturing Co. of Canada, Ltd., Peterborough Ontario

The Outboard Marine & Manufacturing Company of Canada was actually headquartered in Illinois and made Evinrude & Johnson motors.  It changed its name to the Outboard Marine Corp in 1956, the same year it purchased Industrial Engineering, Canada's largest chain-saw manufacturer   OMC moved this new subsidiary to Peterborough, Ontario, and changed the name to Pioneer Saws Ltd.  (Although gone now, Canadian-made Pioneers have earned a good reputation.  I've got a big Pioneer saw, and it's been good to me).  The company also bought Cushman in 1957. 

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