Wednesday, June 28, 2023


 Of course that means different things to different people. Almost everybody are well acquainted with the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival as they should be. Similar say with the Elmira Sugar Kings hockey team. Maybe the old timers remember the very well known McKee Harvestor but not so many others. Then there are a number of famous local hockey players as well as political figures such as Ken Seiling and others. Maybe some even remember various industrial enterprises way back including Borg Textiles, Silverwoods, Scavenger Recycling, Elmira Furniture, Rothsay Concentrates, various clothing and textile manufacturers. 

Then of course there is the likes of  Varnicolor Chemical and Uniroyal Chemical. Sulco have a long history here albeit a much better one environmentally than the other two. Resurfice I believe are very well known for their ice making machines and certainly Sanyo and Nutrite (Yara) have made a name for themselves. 

Currently and for the last thirty plus years groundwater remediation has been ongoing in Elmira due to Uniroyal, Varnicolor, Nutrite and others. The Canagagigue Creek has been studied to death and while still highly toxic the " suits" have worked hard and dishonestly to  convince us otherwise. This perhaps is the biggest and most important gap in the knowledge of newer Elmira residents.

1 comment:

  1. Th fact that the rail tracks that hauled AGENT ORANGE to the US Army in Buffalo USA from ELMIRA CHEMICAL Plant were built and dead ended right at the front door of Uniroyal/LANXESS Plant is absolutely telling! Newspaper Article on Sept 17, 2013 in Kitchener Waterloo RECORD " Woolwich Township Coun. Mark Bauman says concern in Waterloo about trains carrying hazardous goods along the Waterloo spur line is fear-mongering because Elmira industries importing the chemicals are transparent."