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UER Forum > Canada: Ontario > Kicking Ass For the Working Class ... but no. (Viewed 2209 times)
Ground State 


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Kicking Ass For the Working Class ... but no.
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After almost 5 years of worrying about security cameras and guard patrols, this photo finally became a recent reality...


Inside Out
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr

... but perhaps it should have been with a heavy heart. Every new industrial urbex opportunity translates into a loss of more future career opportunities for my own boys in Ontario.

The John Deere plant remained an industrial icon along the Welland Canal for a full century. Deere bought it from Dain Manufacturing in 1910. Remember those TV commercials with the slogan “Nothing runs like a Deere”? The Welland work force was 800 strong when it was announced, in September 2008, that the plant would close in stages over two years. Infuriated employees hung a collection of work boots along the fence at the north employee exit in protest for each group that was let go. CAW head Buzz Hargrove publicly announced, “It is the Harper government that bears the brunt of the responsibility for this closure. This government's utter insensitivity to the plight of working Canadians is shameful and must come to an end. In my 16 years as president of the union, I have never seen such governmental indifference."

For a short time in 2009, there was hope that the city had found a new successor for the property. There were rumours floating around that Mercedes or Bombardier were interested, but both companies ultimately withdrew. The shell of the once bustling property still stands, but is almost entirely empty. Even the majority of the office furniture was removed and donated to charities around the Niagara region.


Industrial Sunrise
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Walk of Silence
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Bustling Workfloor
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Open Season
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Demolition Danger
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Around the Bay
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Crushing Dain City Loss
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



No Longer Necessary
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Barrier Post in Shadows
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Respir(expir)ation
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



The Fall
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Lights Out
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Barren Shadows
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



No Question When Injured
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Central Break Room
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Personal Stores
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Run Stop
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



High Voltage
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Lack of Maintenance
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Light in Dark Corners
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Useless Orders
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr



Toxic Exit
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr

A special thanks to DM420 and L0wkey for chancing the CCTV eyes and
drive-through vehicle patrols for a look inside before the entire property is razed.


Bay Door Silhoutte
by Ground State Photos, on Flickr


"We just let industries walk in and walk out with no regard for what
it means for communities, for workers and ultimately for the Canadian
economy in general. That's a travesty and that needs to stop."

- Welland MP Malcolm Allen, 2010




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Great job guys and awesome pics gs! I've had my eye on this place for a while! Glad you got in there!! Love the ladder pov shot and respirators. My best friend's dad worked there for years, sad they shut it down like so many other plants in that region.




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Well done GS. Great photos!




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Really cool photos. Must have been satisfying to finally see the inside.




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Awesome - Walk of Silence and Toxic Exit!! Nice work!




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Nice ones GS & DM.




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It's a shame that there is nothing inside for a plant that age, it must have been interesting. Good job!




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That's a tight set, GS. Well done.




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A belated kudos on a great double set, GS & DM
You miss a lot when you're away...




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Great job, GS.
You captured the interior fully and well.
I liked the lighting and close-ups.

*edit - I missed this the 1st time around. Old thread got the ol' blackhawk bump.



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It is somewhat sad that Ontario's manufacturing economy has been so thoroughly decimated and that a nearly pure Services based model is considered a just replacement...

Thanks for the walkthrough. Great job!




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