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Textile Industry in Hespeler (Cambridge)

The Town of Hespeler was developed primarily as an industrial community that housed many woollen and textile mills.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, management of the largest mill, Dominion Woollens and Worsteds, ensured that at least one member of each family living in Hespeler was employed at the mill.

Some of the original mills are still standing today in Hespeler Village and their creative adaptive reuse are, yet again, transforming the area. While the significance of the textile industry has all but disappeared, the strong sense of community which has carried Hespeler throughout its long history continues to be its greatest resource and a warm reminder that Creativity is Right Here in Waterloo Region.

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