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My late father was a customer service rep for Dofasco in Hamilton. Chatham and Windsor was his district, and National Auto Rad was one of his bigger customers. Every other week from around 1971 until 1992 he'd travel in his company car, from Burlington to that area for two days, taking in customer claims, and providing technical assistance. His specialty was wheels (Kelsey Hayes) and oil pans. His trunk was often full of various stampings that he was taking back to the Dofasco labs for analysis. He'd often pull them out and describe to me what they were, the issues and how they were working to remedy them. Very interesting to me being a young man at the time. Back then the company was really starting to develop much more technical steels, the stuff illustrated being the extra deep drawing (EDDQ) grades.  He was a super dedicated worker who loved his job, and was very proud that I had followed in his footsteps, working a long career, then retiring (which he missed) from the same company. He started in 57, straight off the Boat (for real) from Scotland. Those days Canada and the big manufacturers actually actively recruited from Great Britain and Europe, and many came this way. There is a good chance you probably have your own immigration story to tell.

He was often in what was then the award winning Dofasco Illustrated News over the years, and one time back in 77 they asked him to participate in an ad, which I had saved and recently had mounted. I remember him laughing about the fact the company insisted on painting the pans shown silver, so as to make them look "Better". Stamped in cold rolled steel, they never looked that nice! I really miss him. 

I though you might like the story and the ad. Cheers,

 

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It is surprising how hidden gems from our past come forward and indicate how much of an influence our parents have had in the course of of many years.

Great story Mark and I am sure many more will be told at the next coffee break....

A real treasure.
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Cool story,never in a million yrs did I think my daughter would be running a 300 ton press.

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Mark, a wonderful heart felt story about your dad. I appreciate you sharing that with us. Cheers. 



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Great memories ...



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That is excellent Mark, thanks for posting that! Super interesting to read that.

And I now understand why you are a such detail freak like we've seen over and over!

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Good story mark you must be proud



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Cool stuff!

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Thanks for sharing your story.

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Also thanks for sharing. Our heritage is so important.

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Thanks for all the kind words!



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