J.M. Schneider, Inc.

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J.M. Schneider, Inc.

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  • J.M. Schneider, Ltd.
  • J.M. Schneider & Sons

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In 1890 J.M. Schneider began to make sausages full time in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. In 1891 he opened his first shop on Courtland Ave. next to his home. In 1909 he made the first additions to his plant and in 1912 organized his business as a joint stock Company under the name of J.M. Schneider & Sons Ltd. J.M.'s sons Charles, Norman and Fred were all involved in the business.

J.M.'s business grew and prospered as did Kitchener, renamed in 1916. By 1925 the company employed 131 people and had sales of $1.5 million. A new 100,000 square foot plant was built at that time. By 1965 almost 1,400 people were employed at the Courtland Ave. plant and in 1970 the company's shares were listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 1975 Schneider Corp. was set up as a holding company, with J.M. Schneider Inc. as its meat processing division. In 1979 the company was reorganized. Heritage Group Inc. was the new holding company with J.M. Schneider Inc. as one of five operating subsidiaries. In 1985 the company lost money for the first time and in 1988 employees went on strike for the first time. After several years of losses, layoffs and restructuring, the company was sold to Smithfield Foods Inc. on Dec. 17, 1997.


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Schneider Employees' Association (1945-2015)

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Hagen, Irmengarde Louisa (1898-1999)

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Hagen, Irmengarde Louisa

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J.M. Schneider, Inc.

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Created February 2021 by DR.




  • "Schneider Corp. Chronology," The Record, Mon. Nov. 9, 1988, p. A8;
  • Stanton, Ray. A legacy of Quality: J.M. Schneider Inc, a centennial celebration 1890-1990. [S.l.: s.n.], c1989

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