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Manufacturers Index - Beaver Power Tools

Beaver Power Tools
Guelph, ON, Canada
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery & Metal Working Machinery

History
Last Modified: Jul 9 2013 10:49AM by Jeff_Joslin
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The brand Beaver Power Tools was used by Callander Foundry and Mfg. Co. of Guelph on their line of good quality moderately-priced home-shop equipment. The line was introduced in 1945 or '46 and grew to comprise a full range of woodworking machinery, including saws, jointers, planers, saanders and grinders. Callander was bought by Rockwell Manufacturing Co. in 1953. The subsequent history, so far as we understand it, is as follows.

  • In 1953, the Beaver operations in Guelph were renamed the Beaver-Delta Division of Rockwell.
  • In 1971 or '72 the Beaver operations became Rockwell International of Canada Ltd.
  • In 1984, all of Rockwell's woodworking machinery operations were sold to Pentair, and the Guelph operations became part of Delta International Machinery Corp.
  • In 1985 the Guelph operations became the Beaver-Delta Machinery Corp.
  • In 1987 it became a division of Pentair Canada, Inc.
  • In 2004 Pentair sold their power tools group to Black & Decker, and the Guelph operations became part of Black & Decker Canada Inc.

For more information see the entry for Callander Foundry.

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Information Sources

  • From a 1948 edition of Machinery comes this snippet:
    Callander Foundry and Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Guelph, Ont., is constructing a two-storey addition, approximately 130 ft. by 90 ft., costing $100,0000, for the manufacturer of woodworking power tools, including lathes, saws of various sizes, planers, jointers and drill presses.
  • From a 1948 edition of Canadian Patent Office Record comes the following snippet:
    N.S. 29074. An oval, in the centre of which is a picture of a beaver, and inside of which oval is reading matter. Design mark. Wares: Shop tools, namely drill presses, lathes, scroll jigsaws, band saws, planers, jointers, shop circular saws, polishing heads, bench grinders, machine tool power transmissions, work benches, jack shafts, shaft hangers, grinding wheels and buffing wheels, sanding discs, bench vices, and parts for all the aforementioned devices. Date of first use in Canada 1933.
  • From a 1949 edition of Canadian Patent Office Record comes the following snippet:
    N.S. 31946. BEAVER— Word Mark. Wares: Shop tools, namely drill presses, lathes, scroll jigsaws, band saws, planers, jointers, shop circular saws, polishing heads, bench grinders, machine tool power transmissions, work benches, jack shafts, shaft hangers, grinding wheels and buffing wheels. The Callander Foundry & Manufacturing Company, Limited, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Date of registration: 23rd October, 1948. Date of first use: 1933.
  • Canadian Trademark 31946 was updated as follows.
    • Originally filed: 1948-10-23
    • Change in title: 1954-09-15, to Rockwell Manufacturing Company of Canada
    • Change in title: 1985-07-18, to Beaver-Delta Machinery Corp.
    • Change in title: 1987-08-07, to Pentair Canada, Inc.
    • Change in title: 2004-10-02. to Black & Decker Canada Inc.
  • From a 1948 edition of The Tool Engineer comes this snippet:
    Earlier speakers were W. M. Shaw, Machine and Tool Designer, Callander Foundry & Mfg. Co., Ltd., Guelph... Difficulties encountered in tooling and jigging for a new line of woodworking tools were described at some length by Mr. Shaw. ...
  • From an advertisement in a 1957 Newsweek comes the following snippet:
    ...Rockwell gas meters, regulators, and other measuring and control devices are made at our Guelph, Ontario, plant which we acquired through the purchase of the Callander Foundry and Manufacturing Company. This company was founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of conduit fittings and gray iron castings, and after World War II broadened its product lines to include Beaver Power Tools. ...
  • From the book Guelph: Perspectives on a Century of Change, 1900-2000, by Rosemary Anderson and Dawn Matheson, and published by the, Guelph Historical Society, has the following snippet.
    Also prospering in the post-war economy was the Callander Foundry on Crimea Street. When war contracts ended in 1945, the firm, still dominated by the second generation of the Callander family, introduced a line of power tools for woodworking and home handymen, designed by the firm's own engineers. Sold under the "Beaver Power Tools" brand, these found a market all over North America. Within five years they constituted over half the production of the plant, and had pushed employment to 330.