Gray Tools - Canada
Canadian Machinery, Vol IX, page 695 - December 25, 1913
The Gray Mfg. and Machine Company.
One of the more recent additions to the list of manufacturers of machinery in Toronto is the Gray Mrf. and Machine Co., who started operations at their new plant in January, 1913. A site was purchased on St. Clarens Ave., and a machine shop 80 x 40 ft. built for manufacturing foundry equipment such as swing and stand grinders, polishing machines, power and steam pumps, etc. The shop is well equipped for carrying on a general engineering business, and the company realizing that, in order to maintain high class production the best tools are necessary, have one of the most modernly equipped shops, for its size, in the city. The machine tools are capable of the wide range of work necessary in this kind of business, and consist of a No. 4 "Cincinnati" milling machine, a universal tool grinder supplied by the same company - the Cincinnati Milling Machine Co.; a 4 ft. "American" radial drill and several engine lathes by the Hendey Machine Co. There are also several grinders and a 54 in., 14 ft. low bed "Butler" lathe.
The line shaft is driven by a 15 h.p Can Westinghouse motor using hydro power at 220 volts. The ship is lit by "Mazda" lamps, and is heated by steam from a 15 h.p. vertical boiler. Four runways operate across the shop, each being equipped with a 1 1/2 ton "Gray" chain block. There are two jib cranes also fitted with the same chain blocks. At the front of the building are the offices and stores, and at the rear in a seperate structure is a blacksmith shop. In the yard is a storage for steel bars, plates, etc.
The company at the present time employ about 20 men and we understand that they are well satisfied with the amount of business done this year. There is sufficient room on the property to double the size of the present plant. The officers are Alex. Gray, president; Robert Gray, vice-president., and James Gray, general manager. Close supervision is given by each member of the firm to all work in progress which ensures high class output.