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Lost Spadina/Toronto Packing Company

Screen Shot 2013-02-18 at 1.58.44 PMThe Toronto packing Company on Spadina just north of St Andrews in the late 1970’s. This was a substantial chicken processing plant. In the early 1980’s I was a driver for a fur cleaning and storage company called Shinerizing and my route was the Spadina area. My job was to drive up and down Spadina picking up new fur coats from the numerous factories and delivering them back to the warehouse on King Street where they would be cleaned and then returned.

Passing by the packing Company was always an adventure as the chickens were being unloaded and hung onto a hooked conveyor belt and routed inside. There would always be a few renegades that would escape and run out into the street.

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 9.34.42 AMShinerizing was the trade name of Scientific Fur Cleaning Ltd. Scientific Fur Cleaning Ltd. was a business name registered in 1943 by a Toronto-based fur cleaning and storage company founded in the early nineteen thirties. The company name was derived from the company owners’ last name (Hyman Shiner and sons Sol and Huck). Shinerizing invented many fur cleaning methods that are now industry standards worldwide, and their fire-engine red delivery vans were easily recognized throughout Ontario. The Shinerizing buildings were located at 570 and 572 King Street West and 457 Adelaide in downtown Toronto. In the early 1990s, the company was sold to a competitor¹. Their trademark blue and orange coat hangers continue to linger in the closets of Torontonians everywhere.urbantoronto-8952-30621The plant was located behind the 1882 three storey historic Silverplate building.

2434574076_d57a4f65c3_bThe plant was the building with the lease sign. The gas station was popular with the cab drivers, open 24 hours.

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rkvn2b il_fullxfull.232088133Mark Moore was kind enough to send me this photo of the Slaughter House on Spadina.

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DriveUnitOverheadConveyorBigThe chickens would be hung on a conveyor by their feet and taken into the building to meet their fate….

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