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COLLINS RADIO COMPANY OF CANADA HISTORY IN BRIEF: In 1953, the Collins Radio Company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa opened a sales office in Ottawa (incorporated Oct. 29, 1953). In February 1955, the 11 Bermondsey Rd. building was leased. In July of 1956 a manufacturing plant was opened in Toronto employing 550 production, engineering and office staff. The 11 Bermondsey Rd. plant became the first major manufacturing operation outside of the U.S. In the summer of 1961, the 55,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant was completed at 150 Bartley Drive. The 30,000 sq. ft. plant on Bermondsey Rd. was renovated to house engineering, research and development, and sales divisions. In the spring of 1965, Bermondsey Rd. plant was closed and all the activities were transferred to Bartley Drive facility. In November of 1973, Collins Radio was acquired by Rockwell International. Due to continuing decline in world defence markets, Collins Radio Company of Canada closed its door on April 1, 1991 with 190 workers out of a job. It was a sad time for all of us. Today, Bartley Drive is subdivided and full of modern town-houses (see bottom of page).

The two Collins Radio Company of Canada buildings that were located in North York, Ontario
The two Collins Radio Company of Canada buildings that were located in North York, Ontario
11 Bermondsey Road
(1956-1965). More info here (PDF file).
Collins Pulse, 13 Sep 56 Collins Radio of Canada - Toronto Plant.
150 Bartley Drive
(1961-1991)
 
Collins Canada Bartley Dr. plant from 1988 Rockwell International of Canada LTD. brochure: Collins Canada Division Capabilities. For larger picture click here (photo and brochure added April 8, 2015).
For original brochure, click
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From the brochure: Rockwell International of Canada Ltd., with headquarters in Toronto, has been an integral part of Canadian business tor many years. The last decade has seen substantial growth tor Rockwell Canada. Sales have more than doubled, and the company now operates ten manufacturing p/ants, as well as service offices in virtually all of Canada's business centers. With heavy emphasis on advanced technology, Rockwell International of Canada Ltd. is a leader in the markets it serves - Electronics, Automotive and General industries. More than 2,000 employees in Canada are dedicated to Rockwell's tradition of excellence as the place "where science gets down to business." Collins Canada Division is part of Rockwell's electronics operations. As a leader in the communication field, Collins Canada employs modern technology to dramatically increase the speed and reliability of communications. Far more than three decades the division has produced equipment and systems for commercial, military and maritime applications. By strengthening the links between command and the field, Collins Canada plays an important role in Canada 's defense commitment both at home and abroad.


For original article,
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From September 13, 1956, source unknown: Collins Radio Company of Canada capabilities.

A RAPIDLY developing company in what has been called the fastest growing city in North America is Collins Radio Company of Canada, Ltd., in Toronto.

A prime project has been the manufacturing of 240E-2 Transmitters, 310K-2 Exciters, 50G-1 Receivers and accessories-all UHF Transhorizon equipment for communication at the Distant Early Warning Line of radar in northern Canada.

Over 85% of this UHF equipment at DEW Line will have been built at Collins-Canada. The Canadian organization also manufactures AN/ ARC-27 UHF Air borne Receiver/Transmitters, ARA-25 UHF Airborne Direction Finders, 51M-9 VHF Ground Receivers, 32RA-10 HF Ground Transmitters, 30K-5 HF Ground Transmitters, 51N-7 HF Ground Receivers and AS-5058/GR UHF Antennas.

Extension of this line of products is anticipated. Customers include the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, the Department of Transport, Canadian commercial companies and amateur radio operators, with some export trade, as well.

Founded in 1953 Collins Radio Company of Canada, Ltd. was founded in 1953 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Collins Radio Company, Cedar Rapids. An office was established in Ottawa to provide technical assistance to a Canadian manufacturer of Collins-designed equipment, to maintain liaison with the Canadian government and to promote sales of Collins products.

The Company located in Toronto in 1954, literally operating from a hotel room for several months laying the groundwork for establishment of production facilities. A building was leased in February, 1955, and production got underway at the new plant the following July.

With expansion of the original building and the leasing of a second building, the Company now occupies 50,000 square feet of floor space. In addition to facilities for manufacturing, the Toronto plants house a research and development laboratory, Collins-Canada sales headquarters and a field service repair depot.

Of the approximately 250 employees of the Company, all but a handful are Canadians.


Google satellite view of 150 Bartley Drive in 2015.

 

John W. Boake from Creemore, Ontario sent me the following photos and note on July 16, 2016:
Sod turning Ceremony at Collins Radio  (about 1956)
Burmondsey Drive, Scarborough, Torin Construction Div. Dennis Ruben 

I have a couple of pictures of the Sod Turning Ceremony for the Collins Radio building on Bermondsey Drive, Toronto. My father-in-law was the Construction Superintendent for Torin Construction on this job. My father-in-law is the fellow in the hard hat in the image on the left and the fellow in the right image. His name was Frank Bagley and he lived in Willowdale. I was dating his daughter at the time...and we eventually married in 1960. She was actually working for the R.M. Hollingshead Company (corner Bermondsey Drive and Mobile Drive) at the time as well. (For larger photo, click on each image).
 
 Frank Bagley, right with hard hat. John Lawrence Plant is doing the showeling.

On the back of one of the photos, there is a note: "Sod turning Ceremony at Collins Radio Bermondsey Drive Scarborough
Torin Construction Div. Dennis Ruben
."
 
   Left: Frank Bagley. Right: John Lawrence Plant. (executive vice-president of Collins Radio Company of Canada Limited)
Zoom of the left photo of Sod turning Ceremony at Bermondsey Dr. plant and comparing it to Norm Allen's photo at the bottom of this page. It definitely looks like the ceremony was performed at Bartley Dr. plant and not at Bermondsey. Thank you for spotting it Henry Kliewer.

I worked at Collins in Systems Engineering on 150 Bartley Drive from 1974 to 1991 when the facility closed. It was a great place to work – one big family – home away from home.

We designed and produced many innovative products: from Tropo Scatter Dewline Communications, Thin Film circuits and Air Traffic Control Computer Systems, Avionics, Land-based and Maritime Radio Communication equipment to Amateur Radio products. 

You can read here "A Brief History of Collins Canada" (published in 1999 by The Collins Collectors Association). It includes testimonials from ex employees: Arnold Ferguson, Doug Joyce, Jack Law, Mike Fothergill, Jim Riach and others. You can also read a very informative article published in The Financial Post on Nov 18, 1961.

Note May 23, 2015: Since HF-80 System was produced continuously in Collins Toronto from 1977-1991, here is the history of HF-80 published in CCA SIGNAL Q4 2013, p.30-34. A copy is also available here at my site. It was written by HF-80 project lead Rod Blocksome, K0DAS and HF application engineer Dave Berner. By 1990, the company made $234 Million is HF-80 sales. See HF-80 System Page for list of all HF-80 equipment produced.

My photos below and of other former employees span the years from the early 1950's to 1996. For other Collins Canada photos, see William G. Banner's page mirrored here or on the original site.

If you have any comments or photos you'd like to share with us on this page, email me by filling out this form. You can also add your comment to my Collins Radio Co. of Canada Guestbook.

Enjoy

Jack Lupic

 
 
 
Contributions from former Collins Canada employees:
  • Sept. 15, 2012: Jane Cermak sent me some of her Collins photos. Click here to view them.
  • Sept. 17-18, 2012: Henry Kliewer sent me his photos with technical information on some of the equipment we were producing. Click here to view them.
  • Sept. 21, 2012: Norm Allen sent me a photo of Canadian Forces helicopter landing in the parking lot at 150 Bartley Drive. Click here to see it.
  • Oct. 24, 2012: Bill Eason filled-in some gaps regarding the move from Bermondsey Rd. to Bartley Dr. facility. Click here to read it.
  • Oct. 27, 2012: Bill Eason sent me some of his early 50's photos at Bermondsey Rd. and the mid 60’s at Bartley Dr. Click here to view them.
  • Oct. 27, 2012: Fred Worsley sent me a comment on his work at Collins. Click here to read it. Sad news: Fred passed away on Jan. 14, 2013.
  • Nov. 2, 2012: I received an interesting note by Ben W. Stearns, the author of the book titled "Arthur Collins Radio Wizard". Click here to read it.
  • May 24, 2013: Vera Peacock's photos sent to me by Jane Cermak. Click here to view them.
 
Additional notes:
  • May 14, 2015: Since this page has grown too long, I have decided to put Collins related LINKS, YOUR COMMENTS and OBITUARIES on a separate page. Please click here to access it.
  • April ‎20, ‎2015: Attached is a list of 62 remaining Collins Employees in early 1991 with seniority, severance years entitled and termination dates. I was out of a job on Feb. 22, 1991. For PDF file, click here
 
 
All of the photos below were taken with my trusty Canon T-70 camera and Kodak 35mm film (I still have it with two extra lenses and flash).
Note that Black's Camera still carries 200 & 400 ASA Fuji colour film.

To view larger image, click on an image on this page and then press browser BACK BUTTON to return to this page.

On Jan. 13, 2015, Henry Kliewer notified me of monthly get-together by former Collins employees:
 "Collins monthly get together is the fourth (4th) Tuesday of every month except December.
Location is the Canadian Legion on 100 Salome Drive in Scarborough.
Time is from 6:15pm to 8:15pm."
 
 
  Collins get-together on Jan. 26, 2016 at the Legion. I haven't seen most of the guys for over 10 years.
From left to right: Bernie Plourde, Mil Ondrich, Henry Kliewer, Mike Burton, Tony Stauder, Tom Healey, Jacques Legault and Harry McQueen.
 
 
Bernie Plourde, Mil Ondrich and Henry Kliewer. 
 

Jack Lupic's Photos

My start at Collins and work in Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia
In the mid 1970's, through Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Collins Canada received a contract to modernize radio communications in South America. Earlier on, the equipment consisted of MR-150/MR-1000 HF equipment sold to Peru and Ecuador and later, the HF-80 systems sold to Trinidad (BWIA for remote maintenance support of its newly purchased Lockheed L1011 fleet) Colombia and Argentina (to back up its unreliable provincial telephone system). In 1976, I flew for a 6 week stint in Peru, worked in Ecuador from 1977-1980, a year in Argentina during 1981 and a month in Colombia in 1982. I enjoyed learning Spanish and discovering new cultures.
 
 
   
May or Dec. 1975 (05/11/75?): My first job at Collins: Design and test of 490-M1 MF/HF antenna coupler (part of MR1000 MF/HF system). From left to right: Ken Lepper (the joker used to draw long arcs from the top of the insulated antenna cap), Roger Waddington, Les Iwata, Jack Lupic, John Hiatt. Missing from this photo is my mentor Jack Kamp (Texan) who passed away early on. Roger also left us at an early age. For another photo of Ken Lepper with M1 coupler, click here. Note: According to Rod Blocksome, the HF-80 design engineer who also worked on the MR-150, the insulator was a standard part at Toronto Hydro.   Summer 1976, Lima, Peru: Henry Ho, Andre Dumas, Jacques Legault and John Hiatt. We were there to install MR-150/MR-1000 HF systems for the Peruvian Navy starting in early 1977 to 1980, I did the same work in Ecuador. In 1980-81, I spent a year in Argentina installing the HF-80 10KW System with Bernie Plourde, Bob Andrews and Antonio Ribeiro. In 1982,  we installed an HF-80 system in Bogota, Colombia.  
July 1977, Lima Peru: Dick Sidgwick (Customer  Service Dept.) in Peruvian Navy Base "Maranga" in the Port of Callao working on an MR-150 transceiver. Dick worked for
Ecuador: Ardor Project, 1976-1980
MR-150/MR-1000 systems
Ecuadorian Navy
Following Rockwell/Collins equipment types were installed on this project and for the Peruvian Navy:
  • MR-150, 150W system with: 918N1 transceiver, 913Q2B control and 490M21 antenna coupler.
  • MR-1000 1KW system with: 918N1 transceiver, 913Q2B control, 548U6 KW PA, 490-M1 MF/HF antenna coupler and/or 490M-10 H.F. coupler (predecessor of HF-8040 coupler).
  • Other equipment: 651S-1 H.F. receiver, 618M3 (118.00-135.975 MHz V.H.F transceiver), AN/GRC-171 (UHF AM transceiver, 225-400MHz), Valcom 35ft V802 and Valcom 80ft V-33080 MF/HF whip antennae. On June 1, 2015 Valcom's Jason Soper emailed me that V-33080 80ft whip is no longer made. Jason generously supplied me with the V-33080 brochure that you can view by clicking here. Valcom 35ft V802 brochure is also available here. Valcom still owns and operates probably the only HF-8022, 10KW Rockwell Collins amplifier in Canada. Again, thank you to Valcom for the information and the photo.
The MR-150 & MR-1000 M.F./H.F. systems were introduced by Collins Maritime Products Division in 1971. They were unreliable to say the least and got scrapped with the advent of much better designed HF-80 system in the early 80's. Click here for another image of the system. See the ad from Collins Pulse, Monthly News Magazine, Feb. 1972 - p. 7. The article source is courtesy of Rockwell Collins Museum Club. The confusing thing is that the article shows a different MR-150 transceiver and control box. It might have been a prototype that was never used. Click here to view the MR-150/1000 article.
 
Quito Miravalle transmitter site: Two Collins MR-1000 - 1KW transceiver systems on the left (913Q2-B control is on top of each rack, 150W - 918N-1 Transceivers are in the middle of each rack, 548U-6 KW P.A. and Power Supply are at the bottom of each rack - left rack P.A. is out for service). On the right is a dog of TMC HFTA-1KJ2 , 2-30MHz synthesized transmitter that also failed a lot. You can't win them all.
 
   
Jack Lupic in Quito, Ecuador in the summer of 1977. Miravalle transmitter site with two MR-1000, 1000W HF transceivers and TMC HFTA-1KJ2 1KW synthesized transmitter (right). On the left is the Motorola VHF remote link that "talked" to the control site in the Ministry of the Navy in the city below.   Jack Lupic in Quito, Ecuador in the summer of 1977. Miravalle transmitter site. Atop a 90ft Log Periodic antenna tower repairing the selsyn motor - remote antenna direction indicator.   Quito, Ecuador in the summer of 1977. Miravalle transmitter site building. Looking east towards The Eastern Andes mountains (El Oriente) from atop a 90ft Log Periodic antenna tower.
 
Quito, Ecuador in the summer of 1977. Miravalle transmitter site. Looking north towards Quito from atop a 90ft Log Periodic antenna tower. Both, the LP and the Discone antennas in the center of this photo were installed by Collins Canada (Jacques Legault and Bernie Plourde). Due to the spectacular scenic view of Quito, Miravalle antenna farm was shown in the final scenes of Russell Crowe year 2000 movie PROOF OF LIFE.
 
Clip from the movie "Proof of Life" with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan in Miravalle with the Discone antenna in the background.
 
Another beautiful view from Miravalle transmitter site with the H.F. Log Periodic antenna. Looking north towards Quito and Pichincha Volcano. I climbed it in 1978. It's only 4,784 meters high.
 
Guayaquil, Puerto Nuevo Transmitter Site in 1979. Jack Leary (second from right) and Al Nastase from Motorola (first from right) with Ecuadorian Navy personnel. In the back is the Discone antenna. For the bigger photo of the antenna farm, click here.
 
Guayaquil, Puerto Nuevo Transmitter Site Antenna Farm in 1979.
From left to right are: Transmitter building, 150ft tower with our VHF/UHF antennae, dicscone antenna (center),
Valcom V-33080 80ft whip and H.F. log periodic antenna. Click here for larger image.
 
MR-150 and MR-1000 Systems in Guayaquil, Puerto Nuevo Transmit Site.
Left rack from top (*MR-150): *913Q2B MR-150 control, 618M-3 V.H.F transceiver and *918N1 H.F. transceiver.
Middle rack from top, MR-1000 system: 913Q2B MR-150 control, 918N1 H.F. transceiver, 548U-6 KW P.A. and KW P.A. Power Supply.
 
1979, Quito, Miravalle Transmitter Site: Model 28 Teletype was the official method of communications around the world at that time.
I also used it to receive the latest news from Associated Press via Short Wave. Note: Fax was still in its infancy and quality left a lot to be desired.
 
 
 1979: View of Club Naval (Club de Oficiales) in Guayaquil, Puerto Nuevo from Transmitter Site across the road. I spend quite a few nights at the club while working on the site project.
 
Quito airport, Summer 1977. On the way to Guayaquil with Ecuadorian Navy personnel.
From left to right: Eduardo Maldonado (Ecuadorian Navy), Jorge Heredia (Ecuadorian Navy - with glasses), Jacques Legault and Bernie Plourde.
 
1977: Jacques Legault in our Collins rental apartment in Quito, Ecuador tallying up our bills (for Jacques, Bernie, Jack). Jacques quit Collins on Oct. 20, 1978. I still have his telex confirming the departure.
 
Gaucho Program, Argentina - 1981
The equipment consisted of HF-80 based communication system to back up its unreliable provincial telephone system. The local  installation (control equipment) and remote (antennas and power amplifiers) took place in all of the Argentine provincial capital buildings. Since Rockwell/Collins was not allowed to deal directly with the Argentine government, we contracted the program via our Buenos Aires dealer Berlingieri S.A.
 
Ezeiza Transmitter Site near Buenos Aires Airport.
The Control Site was located in The Casa Rosada in the city of Buenos Aires.
   
Log Periodic Antenna installed by Edmundo Tritten.   To pass the heliax cable from the antennae to the transmitter room, trench had to be dug through the swampy ground.   Site consisted of a number of HF-8021, 3KW amplifiers (right).
   
Control Console   Delta Electronics Transmit Antenna Matrix used to control large antenna farm at Ezeiza. Photo is green due to ambient florescent lightning.   Oct. 31, 1981: Argentine Presidency (Servicio de Comunicaciones) barbecue at Ezeiza transmitter site near Bs. Aires airport. From left to right, standing: Eng. Lauricela, Bob Andrews, Eng. Guerra, Bernie Plourde & Co.
La Casa Rosada, City of Buenos Aires.
This is where the Ezeiza Control Site was installed. Some antennae are visible on the roof. I worked here for four months. Security and to enter here every day was a nightmare during the dictatorship.
 
The City of Posadas, Province of Misiones Transmitter/Control Site.
It was located at the
Governor's Building (Casa de Gobierno de Misiones)
This city is close to the famous Iguazu Falls bordering Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
   
Transmitter Racks:  log periodic remote antenna control, HF80 receivers/exciter, Motorola VHF remote control and HF80 1KW PAs.   Roof top with Collins HF-8040 antenna coupler with Valcom V802 35ft whip antenna. I can't remember the brand of the antenna coupler on the right?   High Frequency Log Periodic antenna supplied by Collins.
 
On the way to Foz de Iguaçu, I stopped at San Ignacio Miní Spanish Jesuit Mission
Built in 1696, it is located near present-day San Ignacio valley, some 60 km north of Posadas, Misiones.
 
The City of Mendoza Transmiter Site
This is the wine capital of Argentina with the high Andean mountains as a backdrop and the Chilean border where the military tensions were high at that time. While working here, I travelled to Santiago, Chile for the weekend. This was the era of Augusto Pinochet and its brutal military repression. I walked down the streets of Santiago at night without knowing the curfew was on. There were soldiers lurking around each corner with the submachine guns. They must have thought I was nuts.
 
   
Bernie Plourde, ? and Daniel Baghino (from our dealer Berlingieri) having BBCue lunch with Damigiana wine bottle nearby.   Antenna Farm.   Log Periodic Antenna.
   
HF-80 racks and HF-8021 - 3KW P.A.s   City of Mendoza downtown.   Log Periodic Antenna Control Box.
         
Driving from Mendoza towards the The Andes and the Chilean border.
I looked in awe at the imposing Andes mountains. The photo on the left is a dry river bed and river valley.
   
 
    Santiago de Chile
during the time of Augusto Pinochet
   
   
Downtown Santiago from a hill overlooking the city.   La Casa de la Moneda, changing of the guard.
It was designed to instill the fear in the population. The buildings here still had the flack bullet holes from the time Salvador Allende was overthrown in 1973.
 
BWIA West Indies Airways Program - 1982
This program included installation of Sable Log Periodic MLP1-HD antenna, dual Collins/Rockwell 10KW HF-8022 transmitters and two consoles designed for communication with ground maintenance facility for BWIA's L-1011-500 aircraft fleet. The equipment was installed at Piarco International Airport. BWIA shut down its operations on 8 September 2006.
 
Three bay maintenance console:
Left bay: HF-8070A Receiver/Exciter. Below are the Phone Patch (Harris 901) and Tone Equipment (Quindar).
Center bay: Clock/Speaker, Selcal (Motorola 81339A), Station Control Unit, Line Amp & Bridge Panel.
Right bay: Boom Mount, Rotor remote control (Sabre RC-30), HF-8070A receiver/exciter & Acopian power supply.
For larger image above, click here. For more info on BWIA, click here.
 
Helicopter Installation of Sable Log Periodic MLP1-HD antenna at the Piarco Airport.
Due to swampy land and rainy season, this antenna was installed using Trinidad & Tobago National Security Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. I came up with the idea and passed it on to Selwyn Mohammed, BWIA Airport Manager. He was able to pull a few strings and we were on the way. I never had so much trepidation on getting this job done without dropping or damaging the antenna. There was a rigger behind the antenna with 120ft ropes so that antenna does not rotate with the downwash from helicopter blades.
 
Inspecting the assembly of Sable Log Periodic MLP1-HD antenna  in a vacated parking lot at Piarco airport.
 
The Sikorsky lifting the antenna off the parking lot.
The rigger to the left is holding a 120ft long rope attached to the antenna to make sure it does not rotate or swing with the downwash from the rotor blades. During the initial trial lift (no rope), the antenna started rotating and swinging up and down at the same and the pilot almost let go of it.

 

Helicopter is attempting to position the antenna over the top of the tower.
Note: This was a slide & no-one saw this shot at Collins.
 
Success!
 Most of our company luncheons were held at La Pentola Ristorante, near Bermondsey and Eglinton. A few other events were held at The Guild Inn sitting high atop the Scarborough Bluffs.
 
Guild Inn
       
    1985 Party at Guild Inn: ?, Evalds Jarmacans, Paul Morris, ?, Antonio Ribeiro, Harry MacQueen and Jack Lupic.    
 
La Pentola Ristorante
   
Maurice Hoo, George White, Eric Mabley and Murray Robinson (passed away June 21, 2012 at the age of 79).   Alex Maroti, Walter Stenke and Richard Todd.   The Engineering gang.
   
Walter Stenke, Rickard Todd, Bob Andrews, etc...   Bob Andrews, ?, Robert McNamee and Dino   Jack Leary, Paul Morris and the gang.
   
The Engineering gang.   Maria, Ron and Co.    ?,?, Evalds Jarmacans (passed away Feb. 5, 2012 at the age of 71) and Antonio Ribeiro.
   
Jim Riach, Richard Loyko and Ed Tanaka. Ed passed away on November 20, 2010 in his 76th year.   Dominic D'Antimo, Barbara Marten with Ella and Jane Cermak.   Luncheon for Arnold Ferguson for ?? years of service at Collins. In the back are Jessie Dick (QA Inspector), David Doyle, Richard Loyko and others.
   
Richard Todd presenting a plaque to Arnold Ferguson for ?? years of service at Collins. Arnold passed away on March 12, 2004 at age 80.   Arnold Ferguson showing off his watch for ?? years of service at Collins.    Richard Todd giving a speech.

Arnold Ferguson
(VE3AZF), a former Field Service Technician, recalls the spirit in the Collins plant in Toronto: "I can't emphasize too strongly the good rapport between the upper echelons and the working men and women. Being a small plant the executives would often walk through and took a great interest in our work. The working conditions were ideal, the plant was very clean and well organized and neat, so everybody was very happy. I sure enjoyed it while I was there." Source: "A Brief History of Collins Canada", Part 1, 1999 published by The Collins Collectors Association.
 
Systems Engineering Board Room: Marlene Vella's Birthday
   
Debbie Penny and the Gals.   Eng. & Production Folks with Marlene.   Marlene at her work station.
         
The 1980's: Systems Engineering
   
Christmas 1985?: Central office area.     Christmas 1985?: Bill Marshall of the Model Shop would entertain us with his trumpet every Christmas.   1987?: George White working on a PC. Eric Mabley is to his right and Jane Cermak is at her drafting station at far right.
   
Production Ladies. Irene Shishis is second from right. Across from her is her friend Nancy ?. In the back are Bill White (Fab Shop) and to the right is Jessie Dick (Inspection).   Su Chong (later changed his name to JAMES), Richard Loyko and Richard Todd.   My manager, Richard Todd in his office.
         
The mid 1980's: MACS  (Military Aeronautical Communications System) Program
It consisted of Collins HF-80 High Frequency Comunications System.
 
Rockwell News, April 1988 cover page with an update on MACS Program. For larger image, click here.
 
Rockwell News, April 1988 page 2 with Charlie Livingston (Facilities & Maintenace Manager). For larger image, click here.
 
The Early 1980's: HF-80 remote control consoles at the Receiver site at Carrying Place, Trenton, Ontario.
Collins HF-2050 receiver is mounted on on the top right of each console.
Part of the MACS Program which consisted of
Collins Canada installations in Canada and Germany.
(Rockwell promotional photo).
 
MACS Trenton transmitter site at Point Petre, Ontario. On the right is the Rockwell Collins HF-8022 10KW HF Amplifier. Next to it is the small Delta  Electronics Antenna Switching Matrix.
 
Winter 1983
In Halifax with Don Gerrior, his brother and brother's wife. We were on the way back from the site survey for the MACS Program in St. John's, Newfoundland. We had an unforgettable lobster feast at Don's brother's house.
 
1987 - St. John's, Newfoundland - MACS Program
   
Signal Hill - Marconi's first historical wireless Morse Code (tansatlantic) transmission 1901 was received in the building atop the hill.   Signal Hill from Battery Hotel.   St. John's Harbour entrance.
   
St. John's Harbour looking in towards the city.   St. John's Harbour  from Battery Hotel.   Ocean Liner Stefan Batory leaving St. John's Harbour. For more info on the ship, click here.
 
The Department of National Defence Stickers I picked up while working on MACS.
(Click on each image to enlarge)
Military Aeronautical Communications System Air Ground Air (MACS AGA) Mill Cove Communications Center, Nova Scotia. (now closed). For the history of Mill Cove site, click here.
 
Left: Aldergrove, B.C. receiving site mug (LOUD AND CLEAR). Right: MACS AGA cup.
   
Other souvenirs I bought on the MACS program, left to right: Canadian Navy, NRS Newport Corner Transmitter site and its now closed Control site at Mill Cove. Click here for bigger Newport Corner logo.
 
The late 1980's: AN/TSC-60(V7) Transportable Communications Shelter Program
Lesson on how to install equipment in confined space.
Note: The S-250 shelter was built by Gitchner.
 
   
Final integration area for the Transportable Shelter.   Moving the Control Console into the Shelter.   Shelter Presentation with HF-8040 antenna coupler.
Internally, the shelter consisted of HF-8070 transceiver and HF-8023 1KW amplifier / HF-8032 power supply.
Installing the HF-8023 Amplifier rack into the shelter
   
Step 1   Step 2   Step 3
 
  Richard Todd's Systems Engineering Group - 1980's.
For larger, 2004x1580pix, click on above image.
Richard was my long time manager. He passed away on May 1, 2007 in Peterborough at age 66. For his obit, click here.
 
1989: Systems Engineering and Production Departments folks who worked on the
AN/TSC-60(V7) Shelter (in the background).

For larger, 2002x1190pix, click on above image.

The photo was taken by me - that's why I am missing in action.
 
Systems Engineering and Production Departments in 1989 posing in front of the AN/TSC-60(V7) Shelter.
For larger, 1753x1179pix, click on above image.
At this time, we started hearing rumours that the facility would eventually close but no-one knew for sure when it would happen. Well, it came to pass in 1991.
 
Systems Engineering and Production Departments in 1989 celebrating the completion of 77th AN/TSC-60(V7) Shelter.
 
1989-1990: AN/TSC-122 Communication Central
This was the latest offering from Rockwell/Collins. Here we were showing off the new equipment at an exposition in Toronto.
 
   
         

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Jane Cermak's Photos
(1975-1996)
   
1975   Christmas 1975   1979: Ron, Evelyn, John, Daniela, Kathleen, Jane
   
Christmas 1980   1982 Drafting Dept. Reunion   Reunion 1982: Dan, Evelyn and Jane
   
1983   Christmas 1983 with Jack Law at the guitar   Christmas 1984
Santoso Widjaja, Paul Morris, John Cienke
   
Christmas 1984   1985 at Guild Inn   1985 at Guild Inn
   
1985 at Guild Inn   1985 at Guild Inn   1986 Party
   
1986 Party   1988 Retirement party for Ruth Kennedy.   1988 Retirement party for Ruth Kennedy.
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1989 Engineering Dept. and Production Folks: In the background are the AN/TSC-60(V7) Transportable Shelters with #77 as the last one produced at that time.   1996 Reunion: Five years after Rockwell closed. In the front: Jacques Legault, John Halliday. In the back: Jane Cermak and ???.    

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Eric Mabley's Photos
(1987)
Sent me his photos on Jan. 13, 2016
Lunch at Guild Inn - Summer of 1987.
Rockwell Christmas 1987. Rockwell Systems Engineering December 1987.  Deployed V9 Shelter Display
May 15, 1988. Rockwell Open House.

Rockwell News, July 1988 - Open House May 18

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More than 650 guests were greeted by a welcoming committee of managers and employees when CDC's Toronto facility opened its doors to the families and friends of people who work there. The Collins Canada open house May 15 featured self-guided tours with volunteers positioned along the planned route to explain products and equipment. The tour map marked 25 points of interest throughout the facility, concluding with the cafeteria where refreshments were offered. The CDC welcoming committee pinned buttons on guests' lapels and gave them packages that featured key chains and magnets and Rockwell blue and white jelly beans for the children.

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Henry Kliewer's Photos
1961-1986
 
1961: Open House?
   
618W2   ARC-552 & 618W2   ARC-552
 

1965: Computer Center

Oct. 24, 2012, Bill Eason fills-in the gaps on the move over to Bartley Drive building and the Thin Film facility operation: "I forget a lot of those old events but I remember moving to the Bartley building in 1965 and I have certainly enjoyed looking at all those photos of the good old times. The thin film facility on the second floor was primarily set up by Jack Law, Joe Lor & myself starting in February 1966. There were possibly other Toronto personnel involved and there was assistance from some Cedar and Dallas people. It was quite a learning situation about something entirely new and I enjoyed it very much.

I still have my old Engineering notebooks and my last entry in the old Bermondsey engineering lab was doing some harmonic radiation tests on the 718B-7 transceiver on March 24, 1965. This is my last recollection of my work in the engineering lab before moving up to the new plant at 150 Bartley Drive. The next notebook entry was during the initial setup of the Thin Film facility on the second floor in January 13, 1966 which consisted of trial runs on our vacuum evaporation chamber used for aluminum & tantalum deposition on ceramic substrates which formed the base for our thin film circuits. The next years were spent in other areas of the lab and some years later when full staffing and assembly operations had been underway I moved back downstairs where I eventually assumed duties of Assembly Inspection department supervisor for plant production quality until my retirement in 1991 when the building doors were closed."
 

   
E5   E6 & Henry's desk   E7
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E8   E8    
 
1967
Henry explains: "Attached are the rest of my collection of pictures of Collins Radio Canada. Some of them are pictures of products built here at Collins. Some of them came from Alex Shefchuck, Collins official photographer. He had quite the collection, I only saw some of it. I met him some years ago and often had coffee with him. I don't remember some of the names of the fellow employees who posed for me and with me in my pictures."
 
   
On Bartley Drive. The building is long gone. See Google Map for the location.   Assembly lines   Fab facilities
   
George Rambaldini testing 618T chassis   Engineering lab   Environmental test lab
   
Microelectronics facility, clean room. This is where thick film chips were produced.   Microelectronics facility   Computer Centre: Ed Grassie
 
1968: Monstrous Computers and Huge Disk Drives
Henry continues: "Yes, for 10 years my desk was in that computer room. We processed one tow motor skid of computer paper reports every week, almost a ton. The speed of the line printer was 600 lines per minute. The MCS, manufacturing control system report was printed on 4 part paper. The ADS, accounts data system report, was printed on 2 part paper. Our keypunch operators may have punched some 15,000 to 20,000 punch cards every week during peak activity. We had 2 dedicated lines each with a 2,400 baud modem from moving data between Collins Canada and Collins Cedar Rapids."
 
   
CNTT C-8500 consoles   CNTT C-8500 consoles   Troubleshooting CNTT C-8500 disk drive
   
CNTT C-8500 disk drive. Get a load of the huge drive platters. They must be 4ft in diameter.   CNTT C-8500 disk drive   CNTT C8500 computer
1972
Collins DF-301E Direction Finder
   
Collins DF-301E Direction Finder   Collins DF-301E Direction Finder   Collins DF-301E Direction Finder
 
Collins DF-301E test station
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Collins DF-301E tester        
 

Collins Pulse, Dec. 1974: Fifteen-Year Pins Presented

Hal Davis, President Collins Canada, awarded 15-year pins to employees pictured, following his "Address to Employees." Shown here are (seated): Edith Turner, 200 Assembly Operator; VI Cartwright, Secretary to the Customs and Traffic Manager; Jo Kask, 274 Inspector. (Standing) Don Thompson, Test Technician in Receiving Inspection; Henry Kliewer, Manager - Customer Service; Willy Dobson, Supervisor of Material Control; and Mr. Davis. The presentation also appears here.

 
Collins Pulse, May.1975, p.9.
Source courtesy of The Rockwell Collins Museum Club.

Fifteen-Year Pins Presented
The following employees received their 15-year pins from Hal Davis on April 11, 1975. The employees honored during this meeting were (left to right, seated). Bernie Allen and Phyllis Bell. In the back row, (left to right) Alex Soanes, Les Lambert, and Hal Davis. Not pictured is Dick Sidgwick.

 

Patent Filing Award
Col
lins Canada engineers Les Iwata and Ken Lepper are presented with award checks for their invention of a radio-frequency switch mechanism used in a new automatic antenna coupler. Making the presentation is Hal Davis. President of Collins Canada, assisted by Don Gerrior, Director of Engineering.

1987
CBC Radio Canada International Transmit Site, Sackville, New Brunswick.
I stopped here on the way MACS project at St. John's Newfoundland. They were using Collins 821A - 250KW HF Transmitters here (3.95 to 26.5 MHz), at VOA and many others. Specs are here.
 
Collins 821A - 250KW HF Transmitter and part of the antenna farm.
 
CBC Sackville Antenna Farm.
 
Huge Antenna Switching Matrix.
 
1986
Comment from Henry Kliewer on Sept. 21, 2012: "Burnell was our president, Baker was our controller and Ed Tanaka was my boss for Winnipeg 2. Winnipeg 1 was built in Cedar Rapids in the mid 70's.

ICCS is short for Integrated Communications Control System which air traffic controllers use to regulate and control their audio traffic. Air traffic controllers talk with the airplane, another air traffic controller in their own centre as they hand off an aircraft or an air traffic controller in another air traffic control centre again for the purpose of handing off an aircraft. Collins Canada built ICCS for air traffic control sites at Gander, Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. Winnipeg 2 was the last one. I installed systems at Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Gander."
 

   
Toronto Airport ICCS   Toronto Airport ICCS: Burnell (Collins Canada President), Baker & Ed Tanaka at Toronto airport traffic control centre   Winnipeg ICCS: x, x, Harold MacQueen, Randy Hendriks, x, Arnold Ferguson, Henry Kliewer, George Dzilums
   
Winnipeg ICCS   Winnipeg ICCS   Winnipeg ICCS: Henry Kliewer, x, Randy Hendriks, x, Harold MacQueen, x
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Norm Allen
Sent me this photo on Sept. 21, 2012

Canadian Forces helicopter landing in the parking lot at 150 Bartley Drive (year unknown).
It was picking up some equipment that had been repaired in Field Service Dept.

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Bill Eason
Sent me his photos and captions on Oct. 27, 2012

"The pictures taken of the Thin film lab equipment were all at the Bartley building in the second floor Microlab. The first two probably would have been taken in the Bermondsey plant when I was still a test technician in the early days." (Bill started working at Collins in May 1956).
 

   
Bermondsey Road: Photo of myself and Fred Heinsar during early days as test technicians working on 618W-2 final test.
(Photo taken by commercial photographers - Howard Anderson & Brigdens of Toronto).
  Bermondsey Road: Testing a 75A4 ham receiver (I think).
(Photo taken by commercial photographers - Howard Anderson & Brigdens of Toronto). Note: On Nov. 29, Joe Eide remarked that the radio could in fact be be a 51J-5 prototype.
  Bartley Drive, second floor Microlab: Equipment built for the Thin film lab.
(Photo taken by commercial photographers - Howard Anderson & Brigdens of Toronto).
   
Bartley Drive, second floor Microlab: Equipment built for the Thin film lab.
(Photo taken by commercial photographers - Howard Anderson & Brigdens of Toronto).
  Bartley Drive, second floor Microlab: A picture of me taken during a photo session by this magazine operating the tantalum sputtering chamber.

ELECTRONICS & COMMUNICATIONS, September, 1965 (published monthly by SOUTHAM BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS LIMITED, 1450 Don Mills Road, Don Mills, Ontario).

  Index page of the magazine describing the picture taken at Bartley Drive, second floor Microlab.

E&C COVER STORY: Bill Eason of Collins Canada is shown operating one of their Varian Getter Ion Vacuum Systems used for tantalum evaporation for thin film production. Collins new thin film facility is now in operation in support of PRC-66 development, a hand-held UHF transceiver for the USAF.

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Vera Peacock's Undated Photos
Sent to me by Jane Cermak on May 24, 2013
(Most of the photos appear to be from around mid 1970's)
   
Ev Sinclair, Peter Hill   Bill White in the Engineering Model Shop   Dan Maren, ?
   
?, Don Gerrior (on the right)   Doug Joyce, Frank Gornet   ?, Alex Soans, Joyce Munroe
   
Evalds Jermacans   Floyd Rodin, Dan Maren, Mil Ondrich   Jack Law, Jan Macavelia, ?, ?
Blank     Blank
    Jan Macavelia, Lee Goodman, ?
Calender page behind Jan shows Feb. 1991.
According to Lee's own words on June 3, 2013: "I started at the beginning working at Bermondsey for Bob Mullaley in 1955."
   
Irene Shishis in the 1980's.
Thurs., Sept. 17, 2015: "Hi Jack, hope everything is good. Found another photo for your Rockwell collection.
I only sent it because it has the Rockwell logo on my shirt. It was taken in Curaçao in the 80's".
 
Year 2012: Jim Stitzinger (WA3CEX) restored an AN/TSC-60(V)7 HF-80 Shelter (1977-78). Click here for Jim's shelter YouTube video. Also, see Jim's HF-80 page.
These systems were built in Toronto in the 1980's.
Source: © Collins Collectors Association, The Signal, Q3 - 2015 issue, center page.
 
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Other information about Collins Radio Company of Canada from the Web Archives

The Financial Post, Jan. 8, 1955.

Collins to start Production Here

Collins Radio Co. of Canada - set up a year ago to sell and service equipment from parent Collins Radio Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa - will start manufacturing in Canada next April. Company has leased a factory in Toronto to produce radio and navigation aids for aviation. Production was due by March next but postponed for a month through difficulties in obtaining key men. Some may now be brought from the U. S. to launch operations but policy is to employ Canadians wherever possible. Just under 100 employees will be taken on at the outset. Operations will be similar to parent company's - emphasis on military work, with a second market in civil aviation. The company intends carrying out research into northern conditions and developing equipment suited to the climate. It Will continue present role of advising the Canadian Government on certain radio matters.


Flight, 26 August 1955

COLLINS RADIO COMPANY OF CANADA, LTD., 74 Sparks Street, Ottawa.
Sales and engineering office for Collins Radio Equipment. Establishment of manufacturing facility is planned.


FLIGHT, 24 August 1956, p. 309.

Collins Radio Company of Canada, Ltd.

An emphatic expansion from 15 employees in early 1955 to a current total of 275 (200 of whom are working on aviation electronics) has taken place at Collins of Canada, which is a subsidiary of Collins Radio Co. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The main plant at Toronto now houses a manufacturing section, in addition to sales, engineering and research and development groups.

Floor space has been increased from 20,000 to 55,000 sq ft., of which 35,000 sq ft is devoted to aircraft work. The expansion of activity is likely to lead to further physical expansion in the not-too-distant future, and an additional sales office is already operating in Vancouver. Vice-president of the company is M. W. Burrell.

The 1956 Toronto Plant of Collins Radio Company of Canada

Collins Radio Canada first facility at 11 Bermondsey Road, Toronto 16, Ontario.
(Accompanying photo from the Flight article above)
Google Map


The Financial Post, Sept 1, 1956

Collins Radio Company of Canada Ltd. Appointments


FLIGHT, 23 August 1957

Collins Radio Company of Canada, Ltd., 11 Bermondsey Road, Toronto 16.

In its second year of manufacturing in Canada, Collins has continued to consolidate its position. During 1957 production has begun for the R.C.A.F. of the ARC-38 35,000 channel HF transceiver and the ARC-552 1,750-channel UHF transceiver. Export business has increased, and equipment manufactured in the Toronto plant has been shipped to 30 countries in the past year.
Executive vice-president is A. V-M. J. L. Plant.


FLIGHT, September 1975

BIG U.H.F. RADIO ORDER.

An order for airborne U.H.F. communications radios worth no less than $8.3m has been placed by the R.C.A.F. with Collins Radio Company of Canada, Ltd. The equipment involved is the AN/ARC-552, which is a direct Canadian adaptation of the American Collins AN/ARC-52. The equipment involved is the AN/ARC-552, which is a direct Canadian adaptation of the American Collins AN/ARC-52. The R.C.A.F. is now undergoing a planned conversion from V.H.F. to U.H.F. for air-to-air and air-to-ground communications radio.


FLIGHT, 22 August 1958

Collins Radio Company of Canada, Ltd., 11 Bermondsey Road, Toronto 16.

THE main production programme during 1958 in the Collins Toronto plant has been devoted to the AN/ARC-38 35,000- channel HF transceiver. This equipment has been installed in a number of R.C.A.F. aircraft, including the Argus. Production planning is now well advanced for the AN/ARC-552 1,750 channel UHF transceiver. This equipment will be fitted to all R.C.A.F. aircraft in place of the present VHF airborne transceiver.

The company has also development contracts for control systems associated with the ARC-552 installation in a number of aircraft.

A very complete range of Collins equipment is on order for the Canadair CL-44 transport; this includes the FD-105 integrated flight system, 51X-2/17L-7 VHF communications, VOR-101 navigation and glide-slope receivers, passenger-address amplifier, UHF and HF transceivers. Collins equipment is also on order for the Canadair CL-41 and de Havilland Caribou prototype aircraft.

Production of commercial ground and airborne communications equipment continues to be shipped to many foreign countries. General manager and director of engineering is J. P. Giacoletto.


The Financial Post - Nov 18, 1961

"This Company's One-Source Policy Means Exports for Canadian Branch".
For the complete article, click here or you can view it as a PDF file on this site.


The Milwaukee Sentinel - Sep 1, 1971
Collins Radio Co. shareholders Tuesday approved a stock purchase agreement under which North American Rockwell Corp. will make a $35 million cash investment in Collins in exchange Collins convertible preferred stock. Ownership of the stock will give North American Rockwell control of the firm.


FLIGHT International, 3 October 1974
Air Canada has awarded a contract worth more than $2 million to Collins Radio of Canada (150 Bartley Drive, Toronto, Ont.) for a computer system to control the airline's communications network.


Deseret News, Published: Jan. 23 1991 12:00 a.m. MST
COLLINS AVIONICS PLANT WILL SHUT DOWN SEPT. 30

The recession came home to Salt Lake City this week as Rockwell International announced that its Collins Avionics & Communications Division at the Salt Lake International Center will permanently close effective Sept. 30.


Canadian Electronics, Feb. 1, 1991
Rockwell shutters two plants. (Rockwell International of Canada Ltd.)

ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL of Canada Ltd. is shutting down two Ontario plants early this year, including a defence-communications subsidiary's facility in Toronto hit by the soft military market.

The Collins Canada division plant on Bartley Drive (which also houses Rockwell Canada's small headquarters staff) made high-frequency communications and accessories such as transportable shelters, PA systems and power suppliers, mostly for the U.S. Department of Defence. In a statement, Herm Reininga, VP at Cedar Rapids, IA-based Collins Avionics and Communications, said the plant is closing because of "a continued decline in world defence markets" …

 

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Collins Mechanical Filter I still own: F76Z-12, Collins PN 526-9632-040, 3.1kHz @ 0.5 dB. It was made in 1976.
For a list of Collins Mechanical Filters, click here.
 

150 Bartley Drive in 2015. © Copyright Google.
 
Entry in my diary on Tuesday, April 19, 1994:

...On the way down Bartley Drive to get my new 1995 car plate sticker, I noticed that the Rockwell-Collins building no longer existed. There was not even any debris left to show the outlines of the plant but the whole property was fenced in and the blue Rockwell sign was still in front of the building. There were some bulldozers flattening the field. This was a sad moment for me as from now on, I could not even reminisce where outside the plant I took my coffee and lunch breaks. There are many good memories that I have of that spot. After all, I spent 16 years of my life there. That's life. One must move on.

 
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