Front Street/Then and Now
John Leckie emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1861, bringing with him the selling agency for W. & J. Knox Limited of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, manufacturers of commercial fish netting of all types. The company he founded prospered, working gradually into the marine and commercial fishing hardware business. In 1908 it was purchased by The Linen Thread Co. Ltd., of Glasgow, Scotland (now Lindustries Limited, London, England) but the name John Leckie Limited, by this time well known and highly repected, was retained.
During the Leckie regime The Linen Thread Co. Ltd., operated branches in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, selling linen threads for the Canadian shoe industry. In 1925, marine hardware was added to the branches in Montreal and Quebec and in 1930 a branch was opened in Winnipeg where the company continues to be a prominent supplier of commercial fishing supplies.