Strength in the construction, various agricultural practices (flowers in particular), orchards and other related fields, are typical industries found within rural communities.
Contrary to the MRC, however, the manufacturing industry occupies an important role in the Township of Hemmingford’s economy (9% of residents work in this field). The manufacturing of alcoholic beverages as well as the manufacturing of aerospace parts are two fields which distinguish the Township of Hemmingford from its neighbors.
AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING IN HEMMINGFORD
Hemmingford Aerospace Inc. opened its doors in Hemmingford in 1985, however, its origins date back to 1963. After 15 years in Longueuil, Christopher J. Turner succeeded his father Jesse Turner, and moved the company to Glens Falls, NY to start the Air Industrial Park. In 1985, the company returned to Quebec.
The first year saw a team of five American employees in a small rented space in the premises where the Rona is now located. After some time, he managed to train local people as operators and the company moved to the address 157 Route 219, and took the name it bears today.
In 1998, in full ice storm, the disaster occurs. The builder and one-man band, Christopher Turner, died at the age of 52. His wife, Diane Gabias-Turner, abandoned her studies at McGill University and returned to the factory to become manager.
In the summer of 2010, the company moved to Hemmingford’s Industrial Park where the company is currently located.
Diane Gabias-Turner, Présidente
· Fournisseur d’UTC (United Techonologies Corporation)
· Gagnent de 6 récompense Or consécutive pour les fournisseurs de la part d’UTC
Hess Aerospace & Defense
John Hess arrived in Canada by boat from Germany in 1953 speaking neither French nor English. He was accompanied by his wife Theresia and their young daughter, with nothing but a hidden Canadian $20 bill in a shoe. Machinist by trade, a colleague introduced him to a possible employer and, in 1962, a company was born in the basement of their family home in LaSalle. Being a disciplined and quality craftsman, a five-year apprenticeship program earned him several consultations by companies that had projects, but did not know how to achieve them.
Virginia and Jonathan Hess, children of John and Theresia joined the company after high school and now run the company. Today, at 90 years of age, Mr. Hess still shows up to the plant every morning for a few hours of work.
Virginia Hess, Co-Propriétaire