Manitoba Business: Manitoba Bridge and Iron Works / Manitoba Bridge and Engineering Works

Founded in 1902 by Thomas Russ Deacon and Hugh Buxton Lyall, the firm occupied a 15-acre site on Logan Avenue in Winnipeg for much of its history. It provided structural steel for numerous Winnipeg landmarks, including the Legislative Building and Union Station. In 1918, it purchased the Manitoba Rolling Mills at Selkirk then, in 1930, it became a division of Dominion Bridge. At that point, it left the fabrication of structural steel products to its parent company and instead focused on other areas of steel fabricating and manufacturing, operating under the name of Manitoba Bridge and Engineering Works. The company was dissolved in August 1982.

Some Manitoba structures constructed using its products:





Orpheum Theatre

283 Fort Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (1946)

Winnipeg Hydro Substation No. 1

54 King Street, Winnipeg



Steel Pony Truss Bridge

Brokenhead River, RM of Brokenhead



Steel Pony Truss Bridge

Valley River, Municipality of Grandview



Steel Pony Truss Bridge

Mossey River, Winnipegosis, RM of Mossey River



Crescent Garage and Auto Sales Building

791 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg



Neepawa Salt Works

Mountain Avenue, Neepawa


Demolished (1970)

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Russ Deacon (1865-1955)

Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Buxton Lyall (1877-1948)

Memorable Manitobans: Hugh A. Mackay (1880-1967)

Manitoba Business: Dominion Bridge Company


“Contract awarded for bridge over Brokenhead,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 May 1927, page 4.

“Steel markets improve,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1971, page 14.

“Notice of liquidation Manitoba Bridge & Engineering Works, Limited,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1983, page 17.

We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2023