The Masseys at Newcastle Dedicated in June, 1984, unveiled by Mrs. Louis Breithaupt, great-niece of Chester Massey and Brian Long, President of Combines & Farm Equipment, Massey Ferguson Ltd. The plaque, sponsored by the Newcastle Village & District Historical Society, is located at King Ave. East and Beaver Street. This property was also known as “The JASCO Box Factory” for many years after the Masseys left.
The Masseys at Newcastle
One of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy farm machinery, Massey –Ferguson has its foundations in a modest family business developed in Newcastle. Established in Bond Head by Daniel Massey, the fledgling operation was moved to larger quarters here in 1849. For 30 years the Newcastle Foundry and Machine Manufacturer prospered under the shrewd management of three generations of enterprising Masseys. Capitalizing on the expanding wheat market, Hart, Daniel’s son, skillfully adapted American designed implements to suit Canadian agrarian conditions. When sales were secured in Europe, marking Canada’s first export of machinery overseas, continued expansion of the firm was ensured. By 1879 the operation had outgrown its Newcastle factories and the Massey Manufacturing Company, now managed by Hart’s son Charles, moved to larger facilities in Toronto.