Chronicling the rise and fall of an industrial powerhouse
By Ronald Zajac, Feb 27, 2021, The Recorder & Times
The 20th century was Brockville’s industrial golden age, and The Recorder and Times was there to chronicle its rise – and fall.
One of the names appearing most often in our pages as Brockville reached its Fortune 500 zenith, then suffered its decline, was Dave Paul.
Brockville’s economic development director, who retired four years ago, started on the job at city hall in 1988.
When he retired in February of 2017, Paul recalled working with Doug Ellis, the top city hall administrator who hired him, on some major manufacturing successes as the region reached new heights as a manufacturing powerhouse.
“It was the heydays,” Paul recalled as he retired. “We had over 5,000 people employed in manufacturing.”
“That was the era of the Fortune 500 names.”