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Abandoned McCormick's Candy Factory in London Ontario



McCormick's Candy Factory - London, Ontario
McCormicks May of 1939

In 1849 Thomas McCormick emigrated to Canada from Ireland. In 1858 he'd begun manufacturing candy in a factory located on Clarence Street in London, Ontario. In July of 1879 the company was incorporated under the name of McCormick Manufacturing Company.

When McCormick passed away in 1906 his sons took over the business. By 1912 a larger and more efficient plant was needed. Thomas McCormick Jr. visited over one hundred biscuit and candy factories to observe their architecture. With the assistance of the London architectural firm Watt & Blackwell, they created what was considered one of the most sanitary and fireproof factories in North America.

The plant opened in East London on more than 100 acres of farm land known as Priest's Swamp.
McCormick's Biscuit Factory in 2010

The building contained 1.5 million bricks, 800 tons of steel, 100,000 bags of cement and 45,000 square feet of glass. 68% of the exterior walls were glass to allow sunlight inside. A company brochure describing the factory as a "sunshine palace".

McCormick's Biscuit Factory in 2010

The factory could produce 135,000 pounds of candy and 100,000 pounds of biscuits on a daily basis. As many as 1,000 workers were employed inside the factory.

The following photos were taken in 2010.

McCormick's Biscuit Factory in 2010

McCormick's Biscuit Factory in 2010

McCormick's Biscuit Factory in 2010

McCormick's Biscuit Factory in 2010


McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

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In 1926, McCormick's Manufacturing purchased its competitor, D.S. Perrin and Company Ltd., and became the Canada Biscuit Company. The Canada Biscuit Company was sold during the 1940's to George Weston Ltd. In 1990 the company was acquired by Culinar Foods of Montreal, and in 1997 by Beta Brands Inc.


McCormick's Biscuit Factory
Photo from 2013

McCormick's Biscuit Factory
Photo from 2013

McCormick's Biscuit Factory
Photo from 2013

McCormick's Biscuit Factory
Photo from 2013

rooftop photo
Rooftop photo

When the London factory shut down in the summer of 2008 it was still being operated by Beta Brands. At that time approximately 100 employees lost their jobs.

McCormick's Biscuit Factory
Rooftop of McCormicks (2013)

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

Today the four-storey factory located at 1156 Dundas Street lies vacant, dark, with a lot to see and explore. There are several stories of homeless people living here and syringes to be found on the ground. I've yet to encounter anyone on my visits.

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

Photos from 2015:
McCormick's Biscuit Factory

The first floor was usually accessible from one of the garage door entrances. The floor contained sugar silos, administrative offices and conveyor belt ovens.

The second floor was used for the production of crackers. There was a laboratory on this floor as well.

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

The third floor was for the production of chocolate and also contained the employee cafeteria.

The fourth floor was for the production of candy. The fifth floor was used for producing jelly beans and also contained the executive offices and boardroom.

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

McCormick's Biscuit Factory

sugar silos

fisheye view of the McCormick Factory

As of 2019 most of the rear of the factory has been demolished. Work is under way to convert the front of the building into housing.

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