In December of 1984, the Canadian Porcelain plant in Hamilton went into receivership and the plant’s approximately 100 employees found themselves without jobs.
With the assistance of various community and government groups, the company’s workers are now hoping to raise enough money, estimated to be $1.5 to $2 million, to purchase the plant. According to a Toronto Star report on March 13, the new owner-employees hope to be back to operating the plant by mid-April. A very interesting feature in this development is the involvement of a recently formed local church group called Christians for a Co-operative Society, which hopes to raise about $300,000 for the project. The group “felt very strongly that our Christian faith must be applied to the economic and political concerns of our society,” explained the qroup’s spokesman, Rev. Philip Newell, ecumenical chaplain at McMaster University.