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Page 72 - George Leonard & the Fish Business

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1995/8/1 (240 reads)

amalgamation of different fish plants in Nova Scotia. And our plant in North Sydney obviously had to go with it, because we were a branch of Lunenburg Sea Products. So that's what happened there. And they then (called) the North Sydney plant Leonard Brothers Division of National Sea Products Limited. And eventually it became North Sydney Division, National Sea Products Limited. But one of the interesting things that most people don't know is that in the very early 1950's--my guess would be '53, '54, '55, in that range-- National Sea Products also owned H. B. Nickerson & Sons Limited in town. And they didn't want to make it known because (that) could be consid? ered a problem under the Com? bines Act. So they kept it quiet. And the two plants com? peted one against the other. And I never knew--and I don't think my father knew--that it was owned by National Sea Prod? ucts for quite some time. And there was a lot of money lost, I can assure you--competition. But after awhile. National Sea Products had problems with Nickersons, and they didn't get along--so they sold it back to them. And then we found out! After they had sold it back, that they had owned it! So that's the story of the two big plants on the waterfront in North Sydney at that time. (When you said earlier, "And word came down" that you should move to Lunen? burg. The way you said that I thought. Now, that's not his dad saying, "Go to Lu? nenburg and work on it." That's much more CAPE BRETON T' 1 V D *i • Retailer Of Quality Eyewear k Look Your Best! . Medical Plans Accepted 2mpmofeuismfmi '''sm''mt. IttWLOCATIOM: 329 George St. l?-Sffi 564-8295 Working in the fish plant, circa 1960 of a corporate decision.) Oh, definitely. (Bigger than dad or family.) Oh, definite? ly- -that was a corporate decision out of Halifax. I was up there, and it was a very, very large operation in Lunenburg. I've forgotten--it certainly went over a thousand employees. (You use certain words, too, that we--we just use the words, but it would be great GILLIS ?? BUILDING CENTRE! If' (' 4'' Lloyd MacDonald ' NISSAN Our 36th Year 124 KINGS ROAD SYDNEY RIVER Toll Free 1-800-565-9427 20 CAR SHOWROOM 1996 Pathfinder 4x4 NOW IN STOCK • Also Available in 4-Door • [Lyo'??i[' THAT NEW HOME CALL US FOR AN ESTIMATE FLOOR & ROOF TRUSSES KINGS ROAD, SYDNEY RIVER 539-0738 GLENWODD HC jIi/1'''% Complete Home Packages ?? ??-V'lWilli "KS Cottages • Garages Contact Darren Wilcox: 539-0738
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