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Manitoba Business: Brett Manufacturing Company

The Brett Manufacturing Company Limited was incorporated via Letters Patent under the Manitoba Joint Stock Companies Act on 3 December 1912. Its founding partners were Winnipeg manufacturers William Herman Brett and William Howard Cairns along with Rural Municipality of Springfield farmers John Chester Avison, William Brett, and Adam Cairns. The first Directors were W. H. Brett, W. H. Cairns, and J. C. Avison. The companies initial capital stock of $60,000 was increased to $200,000 in February 1921. By a year later, the company was bordering on insolvency, and its difficulties came to a head when a June 1922 storm tore the roof off their 825 Erin Street facility. Assets were seized by the Dominion Bank and the company was ordered liquidated by the Court of King’s Bench in accordance with the Winding Up Act, a process initiated in September 1922 and concluded in 1923.





William Herman Brett (1887-1964)


Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 218B - The Brett Manufacturing Company Limited, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.

Court of Queen’s Bench Winding Up Act pockets (ATG 0015), #187 - Brett Manufacturing Company Ltd, GR0195, Archives of Manitoba.

“Damage of $25,000,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 April 1919, page 7.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

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Page revised: 18 October 2020

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