Ontario Heritage Trust commemorates entrepreneur George Weston with provincial plaque



    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust and George
Weston Limited unveiled a provincial plaque to commemorate bakery entrepreneur
George Weston.
    George Weston's life story is a "rags to riches" saga. Through his
intelligence, hard work and shrewd appreciation of economic opportunities,
Weston rose from humble beginnings to become a successful and respected
entrepreneur. He also helped bring the industrial age into Canada and founded
what would become a worldwide economic dynasty.
    Starting as an apprentice in 1882, Weston's bread-making and delivery
business expanded rapidly. In 1897, he built a large-scale bakery in downtown
Toronto that soon supplied bread and baked goods to 50 towns and villages
within a 100-mile radius of Toronto.
    "We unveil this provincial plaque today to commemorate George Weston,"
said The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage
Trust. "His contributions to Ontario's commercial heritage still resonate
today, as witnessed by the company's continued expansion through his
descendants."
    In 1911, Weston joined with a number of other large bakery owners in
Toronto, Winnipeg and Montreal to form the Canada Bread Company Limited, which
grew exponentially in the coming years. As the line of baked goods and
products continued to grow, so too did the family business expand.
    "George Weston's achievements in commerce have impacted Ontario
communities for more than 125 years," said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll.
"It is only fitting that we commemorate the man who started this business
empire and left such a positive legacy on this province. This legacy continues
today with the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, a generous benefactor to culture
and heritage in Ontario."
    George Weston died at the family home on Palmerston Boulevard in Toronto
on April 6, 1924 at the age of 60. His son, Garfield, his grandsons, Garry and
Galen Weston, and several of his great-grandchildren would build on the
foundations George had laid. Today, they continue to make Weston products and
the Weston name known around the world.
    "I am delighted to be here to help celebrate my grandfather's
achievements as a business leader and city alderman," said Galen Weston,
Chairman of George Weston Limited. "This plaque, located at the corner of Soho
and Phoebe streets in Toronto, is near the site of George's Model Bakery, a
building that became the foundation of an international food company."
    This unveiling is part of the Trust's Provincial Plaque Program that
commemorates significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since
1953, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
heritage.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Gordon Pim, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-1484, E-mail:
gordon.pim@heritagetrust.on.ca


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