Hiram Walker employees: perfectionists now and then

As a former employee of one of the finest companies I have ever worked for, I would like to comment on your article in the May 4th Calendar.

First, it was very good and brought back many memories. I too was a bottling line and shipping supervisor at the plant during my career.

Emily was an excellent supervisor as were many others in the Finished Goods Division.

The Superintendant Emily mentioned was a man named Gord Hunt, not Bob Hund. Also, the bottling line occupied the third floor, not the fifth as mentioned in the article. (There were only three floors in the building not five).

The bottling line you show in the picture was a manual line. A picture of a high speed line with a Hiram Walker product in it like Canadian Club with many of the girls working would have been nice and memorable for many local residents who worked there for so many years.

The building being dismantled is the old Distillery house part of the plant, not the Finished Goods building. This building is still being used by another company at present.

I would just like to add this plant was very important to the Winfield and surrounding economy and had a great effect on many people when its doors closed in 1995.

Once again Chris, thanks for the memories and write some more on this, people are interested in history.

All the best to my fellow  employees.

 

Keith Royston

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