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Canford Manufacturing Corp., Canton, Bradford County PA

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Article - Canford Manufacturing
Township: Canton Borough, Bradford County PA
Year: 1963 
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Canford Manufacturing Corporation was dedicated on October 9, 1960. Canford, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stanley Home Products, Inc., Westfield, Massachusetts, manufactures a wide variety of plastic products for both the parent company and for a number of individual industrial customers in the New York state and Pennsylvania areas. Initially, Canford started operation in a rented diary barn on Center Street in Canton while a 25,000 square foot modern building was being built. In May of 1959 Canford moved into their new quarters with a nucleus of fifteen employees. Canford payroll now totals 112 employees and operates a three shift, round the clock operation.

In December of 1963 a 25,000 square foot addition was completed. Equipment includes nineteen injection molding machines with a capacity of from four to eighty ounces, per piece. In 1964 approximately 37 million pieces of plastic products were shipped from Canton to Stanley Home Products warehouses all over the country and to a number of other industrial accounts.

Canford also operates a pressure forming division for the manufacture of plastic lids for cottage cheese containers. One of the unique features of this phase of the operations is the forming of lids, which have been preprinted on rolls of plastic. This makes possible the use of candy striped rims with a variety of printing and art work, for special accounts such as delicatessens, small daily companies, and specialty packagers.

All but four of the work force at the Canford plant have been recruited from local communities. Annual payroll is approximately $500,000.

Future growth and expansion will be directed towards increased custom molding business for industrial accounts. Canford now manufactures for such nationally known concerns as IBM, NCR, Eastman Kodak, Frantz Industries, Continental Can Company, Schick, Inc.