Special Publication Release Event
August 13th, 2015
The CIHC is pleased to announce the publication of
an important industrial heritage document.
We have been working on the creation of the reproduction of the “Plant News”, a series of monthly news publications issued by The Cockshutt Plow Company Limited, and its subsidiary the Cockshutt Moulded Aircraft Ltd, during the years of the Second World War. These newsletters are an extraordinary chronicle of the people that worked in the factories of Cockshutt, their dedication to the war effort, their correspondence with employees who left the company to join the armed forces, and many things in their daily lives that we have largely forgotten: Ration Books, Victory Bonds, the number of “girls” who moved from the East Coast to become wartime workers, and many more.
We have completed our work on The Cockshutt Plant News – A Wartime Chronicle - Volume 2 – 1943, and are publishing the 12 issues in a single bound volume at the full size at which they were originally issued. We have added a comprehensive alphabetical index of 2,900 names mentioned in the 12 issues, - including 331 men and women identified as part of the Brantford Cockshutt “family” in the armed services; a special “Honour Roll” listing those men who died, were wounded, who went missing, or became a prisoner of war; and a “Topical Index” of interesting articles.
As part of our publication, we have included an introduction describing in a limited way what these “Plant News” issues were all about, an extract of which is included below.
The outbreak of the Second World War brought about many changes to the workplace and personnel at the Cockshutt Plow Company. As in the previous war, regular production would need to be set aside, for the most part, in order to focus on the immediate priorities of supplying Canada and its allies with desperately needed munitions and machinery for the war effort.
The Cockshutt Plant News was established to chronicle the efforts of the company in fulfilling its war production commitments and highlight the people behind the scenes. Published in four volumes from 1942 to 1945, The Cockshutt Plant News provides fascinating accounts of life inside the company’s various divisions, with its struggles and triumphs, during a very challenging time in Canadian history.
These publications were the work of the employees and, like most company newsletters, they offer a unique glimpse into their world. Reading these records left behind allow for the opportunity to turn back time and share the experiences of those on the page. Firsthand accounts of life in the factory give insight into the company, its products and people far beyond what an implement catalogue or sales brochure will ever be able to accomplish.
At their core these accounts are about Cockshutt’s people; its greatest resource and sole reason for any success it could lay claim to. The stories range from the
personal accounts of marriages and births to the manufacturing and technological breakthroughs in Canadian aviation history that they made in the famed airplanes of the war with the Lancaster and Mosquito bombers.
As commemorations for the 75th anniversaries of various milestones of the Second World War take place, it is hoped that this reproduced volume will honour the people of Cockshutt. This is their story, told in their words, and it is hoped that it will still speak to the reader these many decades later.
Volume 2 – 1943, has now been completed and is being made available through our web-site, and at other not-for-profit organizations with a suggested retail price of $100. Proceeds will be used to reproduce Volume 3 – 1944, and to complete our collection for 1941 and 1945 to be able to honour the wartime contribution of these men and women. The proceeds will also be used for our ongoing purpose of raising awareness of Canadian industrial heritage.
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New ! the Comprehensive Index of all Names mentioned in Volume 2-1943 can now be searched on-line, find out if your relatives are mentioned click here!