Industrial

Buffalo Malting Company

History: 

This building was originally constructed with a single silo in 1925 for William E. Kreiner of Kreiner Malting Inc. A second silo was added in 1936, bringing the storage capacity to 180,000 bushels.

William Kreiner Jr. died in 1968, and after an attempt by his brother to keep the company running, it eventually failed in 1971. Four years later, the property was purchased by the Buffalo Malting Company who eventually closed the building again in 1986.

Curtis Wright Buffalo

I drove along the street, looking for the specific building I wanted. There were more run-down industrial buildings along here than I expected, so my head was kind of on a swivel. I love this sh*t!

Locating the building I was looking for, I took a swing down a side street, along the fence line looking for a way in. I spotted one toward the end, and was ready to go for it. All that was left was to park the truck and bask in the decay.

Field Lumber

History: 

The lumber mill in Field, Ontario was founded in 1914 by Zotique Mageau, and would provide employment for the town and surrounding areas for over 80 years.

On October 9, 1922, the original mill was destroyed by fire but soon rebuilt. The company was sold to Alfred Laberge, a Sudbury businessman in 1941, who in turn sold it to Jack Hope in 1956.

Tembec Sawmill

History: 

The buildings on this 136-acre property were first constructed in 1973 by Sklar Furniture. Later, it would be taken over by G.W. Martin and expanded. Tembec would eventually take over Martin's operations here, and the number of jobs would, at one point, peak at 500.

Lower Branch Sawmill

If you didn't know it was here, and you were driving by at any speed, you're quite likely to miss this place, at least during the summer months. The lighting inside was a little strange for picture-taking, but with much of the equipment left behind, it was an interesting explore.

Textiles Belding Corticelli

History: 

Belding Smith and Company began business in 1876 and was incorporated in 1877. In 1883, this textile factory was first built, and expanded over the years. By 1920, the company was renamed Belding Corticelli Ltd.

During World War II, the company produced socks for soldiers, parachute rigging, suture thread, and thread for badges and insignias. After the war, they produced elastic bands, cords, ropes, belt fabrics, and laces.

Cobalt Refinery

History: 

The refinery was first opened by Silanco Mining and Refining Company in 1949. A smelter was built by Cobalt Chemical and Refinery Company in 1949, but burned down the following year. It was rebuilt again by 1954 but soon closed again due to changes in the refining process.