We toured the marina, downtown, the family farms on Mersea Road 6, and his grandmother’s house on Victoria Ave.
Leamington harbor, where the ferry to Pelee Island docks.
We also drove by the old H. J. Heinz canning plant where Jim’s uncle worked for many years, and Jim told stories of his grandmother setting the table for his uncle’s lunch when the factory whistle blew at 12 noon.
The plant is now mostly closed, and what’s open is being run by another company.
So who knew this is where the ketchup we all grew up on came from. It always had to be Heinz in our household. It tastes the best. I searched google to see why the plant was closed after all these years.
The ketchup giant opened its first Canadian plant here in Leamington in 1909.
Billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and its partner 3G Capital paid $23.3 Billion US to buy Heinz in 2013. This closure put nearly a 1000 people out of work.