Elmira’s connection to antique appliances dates back three generations.
Founder Tom Hendrick’s father supplied woodburning cookstove parts to local
Mennonites from his hardware store in Elmira, Ontario. In 1975, Tom saw an
opportunity to supply not just parts, but complete cookstoves, to the local
market and, potentially, all of North America. He acquired the rights for the
Findlay Oval cookstove, and began manufacturing in what had been a chicken barn
on the outskirts of the small town of Elmira.
The popularity of the stoves grew, and consumers soon began to ask for
similar styling in gas and electric models. Hendrick responded, and the product
line expanded to include a full line of gas and electric ranges with traditional
styling and some of the modern features the company offers today.
Fireplace shops, appliance stores and emporiums across the continent became
an enthusiastic dealer network for Elmira’s growing line of products.