Toronto Inglis Factory
|Historical Name of Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseJohn Inglis and Company, having roots as a grist and flour mill machinery company dating back to 1859, did not relocate its production facilities to Toronto, Ontario, Canada until Sep 1881. The factory in Toronto produced war materials (shells and shell forgings) for the first time during WW1. In Mar 1938, the company was awarded a British-Canadian joint contract to produce 12,000 Bren light machine guns, 5,000 for the British Army and 7,000 for the Canadian Army. Production began in the Toronto factory in 1940, and the contract was extended several times. By 1943 Inglis was producing 60% of the total global output of Bren guns (Bren guns were also produced in Britain, India, and Australia). A number of the Bren guns were exported to Nationalist Chinese forces during WW2; a special characteristic of these examples was that they were chambered 7.92x57-millimeter Mauser ammunition for the ease of Chinese logistics. The Inglis Toronto factory also produced Browning Hi-Power handguns for Canadian, Chinese, and Greek use. After the war, Inglis' Toronto facility returned to civilian production. In 1981, the company moved its headquarters to Mississauga, Ontario, and the site was sold off slowly. Today the former Inglis Toronto factory site is occupied by residential and commercial buildings.
Last Major Update: Mar 2015
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|WW2-Era Place Name||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
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