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Defence Industries Limited
How a Canadian munitions plant transformed itself into the Town of Ajax.

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Ken Smith discusses morale at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Ken Smith, author of "Ajax: The War Years 1939-1945" discusses morale, camaraderie and the purpose for Defence Industries Limited in Ajax.
Alex Russell describes how the Town of Ajax got its name (audio only). 
Video    Alex Russell was personnel manager for Defence Industries Limited. He discusses how the name "Ajax" was chosen.
Louise Johnson describes her firing from Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Louise Johnson arrived at Defence Industries Limited from Saskatchewan. She describes what happened as D.I.L. was winding down, and how she "typed up her own quit slip".
Ken Smith's thoughts on the legacy of Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Ken Smith, author of "Ajax: The War Years 1939-1945" discusses how everybody worked as a team at Defence Industries Limited.
Kelly Bowen discusses security at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Kelly Bowan worked at Defence Industries Limited. She describes what the security was like at the plant.
Alex Russell discusses the creation of Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Alex Russell was personnel manager at Defence Industries Limited. He describes the circumstances surrounding the birth of D.I.L.
Ken Smith discusses cattle cars at Defence Industries Limited. 
Video    Ken Smith authored the book "Ajax: The War Years 1939-1945. He describes the conditions of the "cattle cars" that workers of Defence Industries Limited used to commute to work each day.
Change of shifts at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Thousands of war workers catching home-bound buses. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Wartime homes built for Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Video of carpenters putting up prefabricated homes for the workers of Defence Industries Limited. Homes indluced modern conveniences for that time, and the rent for D.I.L. employees was $25 per month. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto,...
Off to work at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Video of a Defence Industries Limited worker's wife packing a lunch box, and saying goodbye to her husband as he leaves for the munitions plant. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Bofors anti-aircraft gun at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Video of operators testing the completed Bofors anti-aircraft gun. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Recreation at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Management's efforts to provide all D.I.L. employees with facilities for recreation. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Relaxation at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Management's efforts to provide all D.I.L. employees with facilities for relaxation. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Art McCartney discusses procedures at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Art McCartney was a foreman at Defence Industries Limited. He descusses some of the plant rules that employees must follow.
Employees of the Pickering Shell-filling plant in 1941. (no audio) 
Video  1941  Video of the Pickering shell-filling plant employees in 1941. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Art McCartney discusses wages at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Art McCartney was a foreman at Defence Industries Limited. He discusses wages in the D.I.L. era, as well as promotions and raises at the plant.
Art McCartney discusses security at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Art McCartney was a foreman at Defence Industries Limited. He describes what security was like at the beginning of the D.I.L. era.
Inside the Defence Industries Limited plant 1 (no audio) 
Video    Video of D.I.L. workers completing the turning and finishing of 25 pound shells. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Inside the Defence Industries Limited plant 6 (no audio) 
Video    Video of D.I.L. workers completing the turning and finishing of 25 pound shells. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Ken Smith discusses safety at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Ken Smith describes how lives were saved because of the priority put on safety in the D.I.L. plant.
Louise Johnson discusses the importance of Defence Industries Limited. 
Video    Louise Johnson came to work at D.I.L. from Saskatchewan. She describes how dedicated the workers were at the plant.
Dave Claringbold discusses the transition of D.I.L. to U of T. (audio only) 
Video    Dave Claringbold left the Air Force in 1945 and was a supervisor at Hart House in Ajax. Hart House was part of the University of Toronto, which took over the D.I.L. buildings after the war.
Cecil Robinsion describes employee selection at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Cecil Robinson was hired to do personnel duties at Defence Industries Limited, and interviewed D.I.L. applicants in June, 1941.
Cecil Robinson discusses plant security at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Cecil Robinson performed personnel duties at Defence Industries Limited. He describes security at the plant.
Cecil Robinson interviews for Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Cecil Robinson performed personnel duties for Defence Industries Limited. He describes how he began working at the plant.
Stan Landymore comes to Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Stan Landymore began working at Defence Industries Limited as a typewriter and small machine repairman. He describes how he got the job at D.I.L.
Stan Landymore describes buying food at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Stan Landymore rose through the ranks at Defence Industries Limited to become machine shop foreman. He describes what it was like to buy groceries during the D.I.L. era.
Stan Landymore describes women's jobs at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Stan Landymore rose through the ranks at D.I.L. to become machine shop foreman.
Donna Anderchuck discusses recreation at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Donna Anderchuck worked on the line at Defence Industries Limited. She describes what opportunities were available to D.I.L. workers when they were not at work.
Ken Smith arrives at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Ken Smith is author of "Ajax: The War Years - 1939 to 1945". He describes how he began working at Defence Industries Limited.
The construction of Defence Industries Limited (no audio) 
Video    Video of the construction of Defence Industries Limited. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
The construction of Defence Industries Limited (no audio) 
Video    Video of the construction of Defence Industries Limited. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
The cafeteria at Defence Industries Limited (no audio) 
Video    Video of the cafeteria at Defence Industries Limited. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Ken Smith describes the destruction of Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Ken Smith is author of the book "Ajax: The War Years - 1939 - 1945". He discusses what happened to the buildings at Defence Industries Limited after the war.
Ken Smith explains why Ajax was chosen for Defence Industries Limited. 
Video    Ken Smith came to work at Defence Industries Limited in 1941. He describes why Ajax was chosen for the site of the plant.
Louise Johnson describes accomodations after Defence Industries Limited. 
Video    Louise Johnson came to work at Defence Industries Limited from Saskatchewan. She describes what the accomodations were like for workers at D.I.L.
Inside the Defence Industries Limited plant 4 (no audio) 
Video    Video of rifle experts engaged in "sighting" and straighening the barrels of Lee-Enfield rifles. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Inside the Defence Industries Limited plant 5 (no audio) 
Video    Video of some interesting operations in one of Canada's largest plants producing vital small arms. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Ken Smith describes shells & morale at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Ken Smith is author of the book "Ajax: The War Years. 1939-1945". He describes the importance of the work done by the women at Defence Industries Limited.
Defence Industries Limited Photo Presentations 
Video    These photo presentations explain how a Canadian army munitions plant transformed itself into the Town of Ajax. Questions answered in these presentations will include… • What life was like inside Defence Industries Limited? • What life was like outside Defence Industries Limited? • Who were some...
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