Ontario practically had a monopoly on irons

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Previously, "if you were trying to iron a ruffle and held the iron down long enough to get out the wrinkle," Hanley explains, "you'd risk burning another part of the fabric." 

The iron was a hit. Richardson considered relocating to Los Angeles but was persuaded to stay in rural Ontario thanks to local investors - bankers, merchants, citrus growers - who raised the grand sum of $15,000. 

Thanks to their efforts, an exhibit card reads, "Hotpoint remained at the center of Ontario's economic and social life for the next 75 years." 

A factory was erected south of the railroad tracks downtown. Even that wasn't enough to keep up with demand. In 1918, General Electric bought the company to help it go national. 

"General Electric was looking for ways to build demand for electricity," Hanley observes. 

The novelty of electric appliances can be seen in the first iron on display, from 1902. Instead of a plug at the end of the cord, it looks like the base of a light bulb. One would have screwed the iron into an empty light socket. 

"Nobody had any home appliances," Hanley explains, "so there were no wall outlets." 

Hotpoint changed Ontario's image of itself. Founded as an agricultural community, Ontario began promoting itself as a cutting-edge city, "one of the few places in the country where cooking and heating are done by electricity." 

Hotpoint was Ontario's largest employer during the Depression and beyond. Let's explore the option of flat roof racking.This comparison may show its outsized impact: In 1947, when Ontario had a population of 20,000, Hotpoint had 1,300 employees. 

On Nov. 14, 1956, when the 50 millionth iron was produced, actor and GE spokesman Ronald Reagan visited the plant and made a speech. 

Production peaked at 5 million irons in both 1973 and 1979. Alas, the trend was irons with plastic bodies, and GE made those in Singapore. 

Despite local efforts to save the plant, GE closed it in 1982. The factory had produced 154,291,777 irons and its economic impact locally, $91 million, was snuffed out in an instant.a full range of cylinder heated long lasting flatwork ironer. 

"It's really an early example of outsourcing," Hanley says. A segment on the closure was aired on "60 Minutes." 

Thanks to a local manager, Bryce Denton, GE donated its archives to the Ontario museum, which was starting up about the time the plant closed. 

Box upon box of documents and photos are in the library's collection, while the irons and explanatory material are at the museum, 225 S. Euclid Ave., which is open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.We are responsible for emergency light and illuminated signs and bollards on our roads. Admission is free, although they appreciate donations. 

The factory building still stands a stone's throw from the museum, as does the 1917 clubhouse for employees, both vacant. 

Hanley is sorry to hear Monopoly is dropping the iron. 

"Do they think no one knows what an iron is anymore?" she wonders. Then she adds, "I haven't used one in years." 

It's true that what with dry cleaning, laundry services, wrinkle-free fabrics and a more casual society, the iron is less necessary.Although our solar led light team patrol the streets on a regular basis to identify faulty lights.LED solar street lighting for outdoor solar lighting and power. 

Yet many of us still iron at least some of our wardrobe - even yours truly, who could explain away a rumpled look by claiming to uphold journalistic tradition. And so today's column pays tribute to the appliance, even in the face of public indifference.

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