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Galt Foundry and Machine Works Galt

1842 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Galt Foundry and Machine Works Galt 
    Born 1842  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Unknown 
    Business 1842  Galt Foundry and Machine Works, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Galt Foundry and Machine Works 
    Alt. Name 1897  Cowan and Cameron, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cowan and Co. 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I126  Businesses
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2012 

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    • Galt Foundry and Machine Works

      This firm is conducted under the name of Cowan & Co. the members of the firm are William Cowan and Arthur B. Cowan. The business is an old one, having been established in 1842, the present proprietors taking possession in 1871. They have added largely to the plant, which greatly increases their facilities for carrying on business, and ever since the phenomenal growth of business keeps further taxing their resources. The firm is popularly known as iron workers and manufacturers of the most improved woodworking machinery, Harris Corliss and Slide Valve engines, boilers and sole manufacturers in Canada of the celebrated Austin patent feed water heater, lime, mud and oil extractor, and condensor, combined heaters, etc.

      The main factory and buildings are the property of the company, and are substantially built structures of stone, two stories high and occupying an entire block of frontage on North Water Street. The working force consists of over one hundred hands, the greater portion of whom are skilled mechanics, in receipt of good wages, as may be judged from the pay roll of the firm, aggregating over forty thousand dollars annually. This large sum distributed, as it is, among the merchants means a great impetus to local trade, so it can easily be understood that the firm of factors in the prosperity of Galt. The trade of the firm extends not only over the whole of the Dominion of Canada, but their products find their way to many foreign countries, and while this is, of course, a source of profit to the firm, it also demonstrates conclusively that Canadian manufacturers are not inferior to any, and are fully capable of taking a front rank in the markets of the world.

      Some idea may be formed by outsiders of the immensity of the operations of this firm, when we state that its yearly output is valued at one hundred and forty thousand dollars. James Cowan, Sr., formerly the senior partner of the firm, is a native of Scotland, but who is a pioneer of Galt, becoming an active and worthy citizen in 1834. Ever since, until old age unfitted him for life's activities, though even in his advanced years, still he manifests an interest in Galt. The other members of the firm are not only Canadian but natives of the town, of which they have done much to build up and develop, and they have ever been foremost in the ranks of progressive citizens1a

      1aJubilee Souvenir of Galt 1897