Latlng: (43.130056, -80.76182)

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Harvey Woods

Discovered by TWP
Created Mar 01 2010
Recent status Repurposed
Category Industrial
City Woodstock, Ontario
Location # 1122

Kenneth W. Harvey started the Oxford Knitting Co. in 1906. The business was located on Ingersoll Ave. in Oxford. Mr. Harvey sold the business in 1909 and left town.

In 1912 he returned to Woodstock and opened Ken Knit located at 95 Wilson, just north of what is now the CNR tracks.

Ken Knit made ladies and children’s underwear. Two years later Mr. Harvey renamed his business to Harvey Knitting Co. Knowing there was also a good market for hosiery, in 1920 he started up a second factory, Hosiers Ltd., located at 16 Vansittart Ave.

In the late 1920s, the senior officers of a competing company, Zimmerknit Co. of Hamilton, were killed in a rail crossing accident. K. W. Harvey bought the company.

In 1937, the York Knitting Company bought and took over the three businesses of Kenneth W. Harvey: Zimmerknit Co. of Hamilton, plus the Harvey Knitting Company and Hosiers Limited of Woodstock.

Kenneth Harvey died in 1941 but his sons and grandsons continued to work at the amalgamated company.

York Knitting Mills officially changed its name to Harvey Woods Ltd. in 1966, to match the retail name of its products.

Harvey Woods Ltd. was bought out by T.A.G. Apparel Group in 1985 for nearly $9 million. When the T.A.G. Apparel Group went bankrupt in 1990, all its Harvey Woods plants in Woodstock closed on April 30 and let go 600 employees.

As of 2002 Stanfields owns the Harvey Woods name which can today be found on underwear in some stores.

The map coordinates are not accurate as I don(a)t remember where this building is located.

Sources:

  • ‘Harvey Woods amalgamates two operations,’ Western Ontario Business,’ June 6, 1983 (Woodstock Public Lib archives)
  • ‘Harvey Woods in receivership,’ Daily Sentinel-Review, Mar 1, 1990 (Woodstock Museum archives)
  • Vernon’s City of Woodstock directories, 1914 to 1994 (Woodstock Public Library archives)
  • Doug M. Symons, ‘The Village That Straddled A Swamp,’ (Oxford Historical Society; Woodstock Public Library)
  • Oxford Historical Society

Latlng: (43.130056, -80.76182)

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avatar of Natashadiane
Natashadiane Hello, the status of this location says repurposed. Is that true? last comment doesn't seem it is! lol
Oct 07 2015
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Girldoll You guys missed the secret stoner room on the roof, complete with hanging flashlight and deskchair. I didn't get any photos, but last time I went got quite the tour from a couple of high school vigilantes :)
Sep 26 2015
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Motleykiwi This place is totally repurposed now.
Sep 18 2014
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Unknown User Left side of building has a POE in the window if you're 10 feet tall.
Jul 29 2013
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Unknown User http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2013/06/09/open-house-at-former-harvey-woods-in-woodstock-brings-back-memories
Jun 10 2013
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Unknown User http://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2012/10/22/after-more-than-20-years-the-long-vacant-harvey-woods-property-in-woodstock-ontario-has-finally-sold
Oct 23 2012
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BlkNBlu Just an update- the building has been sold from my family member to a few buyers. One being Michael Harding ( former mayor) and have plans to make them condo's
Oct 22 2012
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BlkNBlu Thanks OAP!, some descriptions added as well.
Jun 24 2012
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Unknown User This website allows you to rotate the photos you know. 1) Click on the checkboxes for the photos that need to be rotated 2) Select "rotate left" or 'rotate right" 90 degrees from the "Selected Images" dropdown box. 3) Click on Submit (you'll need to refresh the browser as it will have the old images cached)
Jun 24 2012
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BlkNBlu I also apologize for the amateur pics being sideways.
Jun 23 2012
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BlkNBlu I have about 400 more, I'll try and do what I can to get some more up maybe in the forum. I'm new here! Lol
Jun 23 2012
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BlkNBlu i have Many more but i can only post 20!
Jun 23 2012
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BlkNBlu This building is owned by some of my extended family. I have many pictures i will post. All though it is technically not abandoned, it certainly has been neglected.
Jun 23 2012
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rcouper Locations of Historic Value are of important value and listed.
May 15 2010