Zephyr Loom and Textiles

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Zephyr Loom and Textiles

Clifford S. Weirmeir
Clifford S. Weirmeir

March 23rd, 2008, 12:48 am #1

I am hoping to get a quick answer here from the web gear Gurus. Where was Zephyr Loom and Textiles? I know it was in Peterborough Ontario, but where? Anyone have an address or photograph of the buildings? I am very interested to see what the area is like some 60+ years after the end of WWII.

My folks are from the Peterborough area, in fact they have returned to the area for retirement. Neither of them recall the company.
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Joined: March 26th, 2007, 3:59 am

March 23rd, 2008, 2:29 pm #2

Hi Clifford,

Zephyr Looms and Textiles was actually based in Guleph, Ontario. They had 4 plants that were all within walking distance of each other in downtown Guelph. I have been to Guelph a few times to photograph the buildings, so send me an email and I'll pass some of them on to you.


Fletcher Johnston
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Joined: August 7th, 2002, 2:04 am

March 23rd, 2008, 3:09 pm #3

I am hoping to get a quick answer here from the web gear Gurus. Where was Zephyr Loom and Textiles? I know it was in Peterborough Ontario, but where? Anyone have an address or photograph of the buildings? I am very interested to see what the area is like some 60+ years after the end of WWII.

My folks are from the Peterborough area, in fact they have returned to the area for retirement. Neither of them recall the company.
Hi there

I've heard the story that ZL&T was in Peterborough many times, yet I could find no record of it in local archives.

I wonder how the story got started?

There were several companies making wartime fabric materials here: JJ Turner, Colonial Weaving and the Bonnerworth Mill to name a few. I've seen tent bags stamped with Turner's name and Bonnerworth made khaki wool serge material.

Could ZL&T have been a controlling interest in firms in places other than Guelph?

Steve
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Clifford S. Weirmeir
Clifford S. Weirmeir

March 23rd, 2008, 4:34 pm #4

Hello Steve. I was glad to have a local chime in about Peterborough. I have seen some sites on the net that said ZL&T was in Guelph. However it seems to me most things I have found led me to believe that ZL&T was in Peterborough.

Many thanks for this information guys. I have an inquiring mind and I have recently been drawn into locating old wartime production buildings in the areas I frequent.

Fletcher, I have emailed you. Again many thanks. After making my origianl post I found a post you made on March 26th 2007.
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Doug Townend
Doug Townend

March 23rd, 2008, 5:34 pm #5

Gord,

During WW2, the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps had a large Returned Stores Depot in Aurora. The depot had a large contingent of CWAC members who did much of the stores processing and accounting. I have been unable to get any info about its location from the local historians.

Have you got any info about the location?

DT.
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Joined: March 26th, 2007, 3:59 am

March 23rd, 2008, 7:22 pm #6

Hi there

I've heard the story that ZL&T was in Peterborough many times, yet I could find no record of it in local archives.

I wonder how the story got started?

There were several companies making wartime fabric materials here: JJ Turner, Colonial Weaving and the Bonnerworth Mill to name a few. I've seen tent bags stamped with Turner's name and Bonnerworth made khaki wool serge material.

Could ZL&T have been a controlling interest in firms in places other than Guelph?

Steve
I have also wondered about the origin of the ZL&T Peterburough misconception. I've also seen reference to ZL&T being based in Toronto. I can say with absolute certainty that they were based completely in Guelph as I have several company newsletters, and have interviewed several past employees. One gentleman, who started working at ZL&T when he was very young, was actually the President of Textile Industries (the successor to ZL&T) right up until the time that it sold out in the 70s.
The only interests outside of Guelph that I can think of is a spinning plant that he mentioned in Ormstown, Quebec, which was built by Brooks Stevens Jr, the president of ZL&T during the war. He claimed that at the time it was built, it was the most modern spinning plant in North America. It was built sometime after the war, in the 50s, after ZL&T had become Textile Industries, and was operated under the name Zephyr Textiles. I haven't been able to find any primary sources to verify its existence, however.

Hope that helps.

Fletcher
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Joined: February 22nd, 2015, 3:09 am

February 22nd, 2015, 3:16 am #7

Hi Clifford,

Zephyr Looms and Textiles was actually based in Guleph, Ontario. They had 4 plants that were all within walking distance of each other in downtown Guelph. I have been to Guelph a few times to photograph the buildings, so send me an email and I'll pass some of them on to you.


Fletcher Johnston
I was wondering if there are any older photos of not only the buildings but the staff and perhaps their softball teams.

Thanks, Rob!
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Fletcher Johnston
Fletcher Johnston

February 22nd, 2015, 4:25 pm #8

Rob,

I have pictures of both the male (Zephyr Royals) and female softball teams. They used to be on display at the Guelph museum.

Drop me a line at fletcher dot dean dot johnston at gmail.com.

Fletcher
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Bruce P
Bruce P

March 6th, 2015, 3:15 am #9

I am hoping to get a quick answer here from the web gear Gurus. Where was Zephyr Loom and Textiles? I know it was in Peterborough Ontario, but where? Anyone have an address or photograph of the buildings? I am very interested to see what the area is like some 60+ years after the end of WWII.

My folks are from the Peterborough area, in fact they have returned to the area for retirement. Neither of them recall the company.
Last fall I had a great time touring the west Windsor area (Walkerville) with a gent who has spent a great deal of time chronicling Windsor's war production. Within a few block he showed me the existing, demolished or soon to be demolished factories of Ford (CMP trucks and carriers), MacDonald & White (paint...still in production), Canada Lamp (helmets) and a dozen others.
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John Sliz
John Sliz

March 6th, 2015, 3:38 am #10

Interesting. I've often wondered where all the stuff was made during the world. Did you take any pictures? If so, please post them.

BTW: is 5 years a record for time between posts on a thread?
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