James Wilson was responsible for establishing the Merritton Foundry[i] The factory produced all kinds of castings and general iron work but specialized in wire rope and contractors’ supplies. Mr. Wilson’s reputation for superior workmanship in manufacturing these goods was recognized throughout the region.1 back in the 1870s. The foundry was one of the oldest industrial enterprises in Merritton and came to the area as a result of the development of the first Welland Canals.
Clark family was responsible for establishing the Merritton Brass Foundry back in 1899. Frank Clark, who replaced his decreased brother and founder of the factory Andrew Clark, was the owner of the business.1 The factory was located on Merritt Street and made brass castings to supply the different parts required in engines and industrial machinery.1 The Merritton Brass Foundry developed into a large company that manufactured products in locations throughout the Niagara Region.