-My mom and dad both worked here for many many years..
-Great place to work great people especially....
-dad has lots of pictures of the reunion you guys had many years ago.. I'll see if he has them handy..
-That would be great.
-How is Bud, remember him well working there.
-He’s on here Jim.
-HI JIM how is it going holy crap it has been along keeping well i hope
-Hi Bud, where are you living now. You were always a happy guy and I enjoyed all the time spent at Gage and DRG.
-I loved working there too. Pretty much grew up there. Started st 17 left at 37. Good place awesome people
-I was wondering when you were going to post a picture of Gage, seeing as your Mom and Dad worked there. A great place to work. Met a lot of good friends there, including my wife. From the back of the building you can still see the old words Gage Stationary. Though the company has long gone, the memories still carry on.
-I loved working there —met a lot of great people there many of them we are proud to call good friends even after all these years —had a lot of good times, watched the younger ones get married and start families—-laughed with a lot of them and cried with some we were family and that’s what family does —-
-Yes was a great place to work....I worked with amazing people there...where have the years gone heh....
-Rick and I periodically look at the bldg from the back, Food Basics parking lot. You can see the faded letters of Gage on it.
-How long has it been empty? Drove by the other day. Looking pretty tired!!
-Oh ya it was a great place to work, worked alongside a lot of good people and it was a pretty black day when we heard the company was sold and had to watch the machines going out the door.
-I worked there on a GDHS internship and then for two summers when I was 18 and 19. I learned SO much... I implemented the new MRP system they brought in, and in the 2nd summer, spent two-weeks in just about every job there as vacation relief. It was an amazing summer and experience.
-I have fond memories, but even then, (1985 and 1986) it was in trouble.
-Love seeing the names above... I can't quite place some of them, but some look familiar. So many amazing folks.
-How many years did you spend working here Molly
-I remember Molly well... she was very nice to me and taught me stuff. Great people. Her name is certainly easy to remember.
-20 Years, very fond memories of this place,
-I worked in the factory, then the office then the factory and back to the office. Once the operations seized I went and worked at the sister company (PNG Glove Envelopes) in Etobicoke. Quite a drive I had after working right in town for so many years. Lots of familiar names here. Lots of good people and long time friends.
-Employed three or four years. Worked one or two.
-Not sure when DRG closed, i want to say around 1992 .. I have pictures of our youngest son at the christmas party when he was 1 and he was born in 1990.. I believe it became skyjack after that
-let's see if I can name a bunch.. Frank Lloyd, Cindy Crawford, Sharon Hilts, Cavell Wrigglesworth, Rose Thompson, Doug Waites, Cheryl Field, Cheryl Haines, Donna Peacock, Ann McMillian (she took our dog) ;) Debra Wagstaffe, Ed,, no idea how to spell his name, Muriel Francis, Lloyd Andradi(sp) he did our Video for our wedding, ... Sue and Rick Cunningham, Cindy Cunningham, Joe Denishaw, Lorne Corbett, Woody Fabian, Chris Somers, Abbie,, Molly Moore, Judy Quick, Linda Starrat ..
Not bad considering I never worked there.. :)
-Molly Moore, Jackie Sproule...
-Who was the GM...he was a family friend. Passed away, maybe 15-years ago.
-Abbie... he worked in the office and did a lot of the quoting for estimates. I spent a lot of time with him.
-yes Abbie.. great guy..
-What did you do there Bonnie... I have a vague thought that I know you from DRG in 1985/86.
-nothing..lol.. My parents worked there for forever..
-OK... the Hayes name is what I was remembering... so maybe that's it.
-What did they do?
-But I was in there all the time.. I think They all knew I was pregnant the first time before My husband did.. LOL I called my parents right after I found out
-My dad.. Bud was in the Machine shop.. my mom.. Judy worked on the floor..
-Did your Mom work the night shift? There was this lady whom I adored... she was close to the office - just outside the factory door. When they moved her to day-shift (night shift went away), she told me that she had spent 23-years on the night shift and still was struggling to sleep at night. (That stuck with me forever)
-nope she always worked days..
-OK - but still a nice memory for me.
-They worked the same shift.. then came home and talked about work during dinner.. all the time.. lol
-I'm sure I knew them at the time... Nice to loop back a little! Thanks.
-yeah you probably did.. my dad liked to joke around alot there..
-John McDonald was the HR manager there at one time, back in the 70s.
-yes.. Thanks John ..
-Abbie worked on the floor in the envelope dept.
-He also worked in the office... I took over his desk for two weeks in 1986. I was doing estimates (quotes) for orders.
I remember being so proud of the first quote I did... Abbie sent me out to the floor of confirm how much wire was used to create a spiral bound book. I don't recall the answer, but I *KNEW* I was right...
I did up the quote, and then he asked me "How much is cut off and wasted". Damn, I didn't ask that question! He knew EVERYTHING!
-maybe thinking of Grace Armstrong she worked afternoons —-very nice little lady—her husband John —son Richard and daughter Debbie worked there too
-did you work with George Kipp
-John worked there when I was leaving so probably 1977-78 ish.
-I bet I did work with George... this was all 32 years ago, and I've had 100-jobs since then! ;) But it certainly sounds familiar.
-I had one of the most impactful work experiences ever at DRG. I worked in the office, and quickly realized that there was this separation between the office and the factory that was completely stupid!
The job I had the first summer required me to understand how EVERY product DRG sold was produced. I was populating the new MRP system... I created the BOMs (Bill of Materials) and routing steps for every product.
It required me to go and talk to so many folks on the floor. They were awesome. I loved it. Helped shape my career (this was in 1985!) and assign high respect to the factory workers. They knew stuff that NO ONE (except maybe Frank Lloyd) knew.
So, thank you to all the DRG folks I interacted with all those years ago... you helped me shape a successful career.
-I spent a few years there with Bud Hayes & Debra Wagstaffe.
-Bud, what ever happened to Joe Denesha?-Or Jim Phillips?
-Jim was in a home in Toronto I believe and don’t know about Joey one time someone seen him on the Main Street and I once asked Tina whatever became of him but she didn’t want to talk about him and she has since passed away so don’t know —maybe someone on here will add to that or at least correct me please
-Thanks for the update
-worked there for a couple of months
-I was there for 16 years
A lot of people went through there over the years
A lot of friendships were created
A lot of good memories
Frank Lloyd was my mentor and good friend
He taught me a lot of life’s lessons
May he r.i.p.
Hello to all that passed through DRG !!!
-even i worked there for a short time lol
-3 months I think 🤔. 1972
-Do you remember us looking for suits for the DRG Xmas dance?
-Vaguely Gary. Haha 😆
-I worked there when it first came to Georgetown