Tuesday morning Messrs. Ross Crump, Fred Ireland and Chas. West, three
gentlemen, heads of families in this town [Simcoe], all of them skilled
carpenters, started for Bay City, Michigan, there to superintend the
erection of a large factory for the firm of Cutting & Crump, who for
some years past have been carrying on the manufacture of cooper's
materials and a general planing mill and building business in Simcoe.
soon as the buildings in Bay City are ready for occupation, all the
machinery together with the engine and boiler now in use by the firm here,
is to be removed across the border to the land which seems gradually to be
annexing Canada in a far more complete manner than if the two countries
were to be politically joined together.
Cutting informed a Reformer reporter yesterday that when the final removal
is made they expect to take with them almost all the hands now employed in
their factory as well as many other mechanics. Applications are being
constantly received from the best workmen in the county for jobs and the
only trouble is to make selections.
is needless for us to make any comment upon the loss this removal will be
to our town. Among the few struggling factories which have for so
long just managed to exist in Simcoe, this establishment has been the most
important and now that we loose it entirely and not only it but so many
good mechanics with their families, the matter has a very serious aspect
for our town.