Bohne Spring to celebrate major milestone in 2016May 28, 2015 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Bohne Spring is gearing up for a big celebration. The Toronto-based company will be turning 125 years old in 2016, making it one of the oldest Canadian-owned spring companies.
Bohne Spring was originally established in Canada in 1891 — known then as W. Bohne & Company Limited — and has been in continuous operation since, though it has evolved. It was first formed to manufacture piano hammers for the Canadian Piano Producers, and later added the production of piano bass strings and the jobbing of piano wire and piano parts to its lineup.
During the Second World War, however, the piano business slowed significantly, causing the principals of the company to appeal to the federal government for guidance. It was at the suggestion of the Defence Production Department that the company entered the spring manufacturing field, recognizing a need for increased spring production in Canada. This next phase began in 1943, and the spring business took off following the war.
Due to increased demand, there was a need for larger manufacturing facilities, so a one-storey property at 1153 Queen St. W. in Toronto was purchased in 1945, occupying 7,200 square feet. In the years that followed, a steady increase in demand necessitated the addition of a second storey of equal size, which was completed and occupied in 1951.
As spring demand grew, the piano parts division of the business became less viable, and the company discontinued that phase of its operation in 1965. At the same time, it changed its name to Bohne Spring Industries Limited, associating the product with the company name.
The company expanded again in 1969 when it added another 14,000 square feet of manufacturing area to increase its capacity. Growth continued until the plant was at full capacity. In 1985, the company moved to a larger, 44,000-square-foot facility at 60 Coronet Road in Etobicoke, Ont.
The next phase was acquisitions. Since 1988, the company has acquired several companies — Automated Spring Industries, Hamond Ind. Ltd. (a company specializing in Verti-Slide formed stamping), and OPUS heat treating (a company specializing in the hardening and tempering of spring steels using the Austempering process) — adding to Bohne Spring’s capabilities.