Business Category: Foundry
Brands: Beaver Brand
Products: stoves, furnaces, enameled sanitary ware, foundry products, heaters, laundry tubs, lavatories, plumbing supplies, sinks, grease traps, drinking troughs, wash bowls, lumber
Dates Founded: 1848
Remarks: According to an advertisement in McAlpine's, the foundry was established in 1848. In 1890 J.A. Crossman and J. A. Laws commenced the casting of mill and machinery supplies. They emplyed E.S.Palmer. In 1891 they began casting stoves and hollow ware and hired four more men. Early investors included William Knight, Avard Black, Chales A. Lusby and Charles A. Black/ In 1901 they employed 40 men. In 1902 they built a brick factory on Douglas Avenue, and were incorporated in 1903. In 1904 they added a new plant for the manufacture of enamelled sanitary ware. In 1906 a joint stock company was formed. They made large additions to the moulding shop and doubled the capacity of the enamelling department, In 1913 the plant consisted of a moulding shop, fitting shop, enamelling building, mill and pattern shop - all of brick and stone. Raw materials were obtained in Nova Scotia and elseware. They manufactured a line of stoves and ranges, including the Cumberland Hot Air Furnace, and "Beaver Brand" cast iron enamelled sanitary ware including bathtubs, lavatories, laundry tubs, sinks etc. They distributed throughout Canada, Newfoundland and Bermuda. For some time they operated a large retail department at maximum capacity and employed 120 men. Over time the Amherst Foundry proved to one of Amherst's most stable industries. In 1928 they merged with Fawcett of Sackville, New Brunswick, under the name of Enamel and Heating Products, Limited. In 1901 this company had a large interest in the Exploits Lumber Company at Botwoodville, Newfoundland. Had 40 employees in 1901. Later known as Enamel and Heating Products, Ltd. 1928.
Remarks Source: 1. Evidences of the Industrial Ascendency of Nova Scotia, 1913.
2. The Devolopment and Decline of Amherst as an Industrial Center. A.Robson Lamy, Thesis, Mt. Allison 1930.
3. The Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia. March 15,1901.
4. Directory of Amherst and Area 1921-1922.
5. Manufacturing in Cumberland during the past tewnty-five years. A study prepared for the Nova Scotia Economic Council 1942-1943. by Lawrence M. Read.
6. Nova Scotia Trade Directory. 1927, 1929.
7. McAlpine's Nova Scotia Directory. 1890-7.