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McCormick's Biscuit Factory

London, Ontario

Location Owner TWP
Creation Date Aug 06 2010
Status Being Demolished
Category Commercial
Location London, Ontario
Site number #1835

Thomas McCormick emigrated from Ireland about 1849. In 1858 he began manufacturing confectionary in a factory located on Clarence Street in London. McCormick was in direct competition with another confectioner, Daniel Simmons Perrin who had established his own business just four years earlier. The McCormick company was incorporated as the McCormick Manufacturing Company Limited in July 1879. Thomas McCormick died in 1906. In 1914, Thomas P. McCormick, son of the company(a)s founder Thomas McCormick, moved the London business from downtown to the Dundas location. McCormick had spent many years researching the latest manufacturing technology and incorporating it into his new "Sunshine Palace". At the time of its opening, it was the most modern and fireproof biscuit factory in all of North America. The building contained 1.5 million bricks, eight hundred tons of steel, one hundred thousand bags of cement, forty-five thousand square feet of glass (making up 68% of the exterior walls) and 150,000 square feet of maple flooring. The production at the new factory was impressive. 135,000 pounds of candy and 100,000 pounds of biscuits were produced on a daily basis. At the time as many as 1000 workers were employed in the factory. 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(a)s to George Weston Ltd. In 1990 the company was acquired by Culinar Foods of Montreal, and in 1997 by Beta Brands Inc. 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. Today the four storey factory located at 1156 Dundas Street lies vacant, dark, with a lot to see and explore. Information from meaghandiane: The five-storey, 432,000 square foot McCormick�s factory was opened in 1914 and produced candy and cookie products until its closure in early 2007. Built of concrete and steel and constructed to be fireproof, at the time it was considered one of the finest factories in North America. Its most distinct architectural features are its white terra cotta glaze and the extensive window coverage, which gave it the nickname �the Sunshine Palace�. The first floor contains storage space, flour and sugar silos, administrative offices, and a bakery with long conveyor belt ovens which still remain there today. The second floor was the area designated for the production of crackers. There is also a laboratory containing now empty cabinets which used to hold chemicals and such. The third floor was intended for the production of chocolate and also housed the employee cafeteria. The fourth floor was used to make candy and has skylights and roof vents which helped cool the candy during production. In one area a number of metal rods hang from the ceiling which occasionally clang together creating sounds much like wind chimes. The fifth floor has two distinct areas, one of which was used to produce jelly beans and the other which contains executive offices and a boardroom. The office area looks out onto Dundas Street and provides a great view as well as access to the rooftop which appears to be sinking in in some places.

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avatar of PNKRanger
PNKRanger Thanks Rid! I'm glad it worked out as well as I was hoping; almost a mirror reflection. Too bad some of those puddles give off a really dirty smell or I would have gotten more into it haha.
Oct 15 2013
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riddimryder Nice set PNK! The water reflections in here really adds to a beat location such as this!
Oct 07 2013
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superss Very big & pretty dark in some places, especially the basement. It's one of those places where I was there for a long time but still feel like I missed so much.
Sep 23 2013
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superss Lol, for the last time eh? We'll see.
May 30 2013
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timekeeper That guy in the video with the glasses looks like a real dick!
May 06 2013
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crazycarclub looks like the end of McCormicks is on its way. Link posted above to CTV news story
May 02 2013
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trailblazer519 Same RnRF.. cool creative photos man. I wanna go back too ;-)
Mar 27 2013
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timekeeper Great additions Dave, Doom and've got me considering a 3rd visit...wait WTF....I haven't uploaded my OLD galleries from here yet.....
Mar 27 2013
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SuperSonic I gotta get back into this place.
Feb 14 2013
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trailblazer519 I like the depth perception photos..
Nov 08 2012
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lone wolf There is talk city had a byer but they droped out of deal after they realised how much would cost to clean up aspestos and crap in there, last year the site across the street from this one was burned to , they say was insurance scam so one only knows .
Sep 16 2012
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lone wolf ya has been talk of insurance scam, the city has been trying for years to rid themselves of this place so wouldnt surprise me .
Sep 16 2012
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Finz519 It's too bad about the fire. Now this site is too "hot" to ever go back. Now that the "concerned citizens" have the building across the street down. It's full steam ahead on this one.
Sep 16 2012
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TWP Fire broke out at this location today, I suspect arson given there was no gas or electricity. One news article mentioned someone seen in one of the windows around the time of the fire.
Sep 15 2012
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crazycarclub I was by here today and couldn't find a way in. all the doors have been welded shut and the police were circling the neighborhood too.
Sep 03 2012