b'Lets Talk Chicken(continued from page 33)entertained 250 business acquaintances at the officialOveropening of his new office and expansion at their poultryplant. The addition provided much easier handling of100 plus yearsloading and unloading the trucks, as they were able toexperience drive right into the building.and overIt was during this rapid growth of his business that55 years in business! Mr. Gibson became active in local politics. After serving a few years as a councillor, in 1957 he was elected Reeve Brakes - Tires - Tune-ups - Safety Certs. And More! of the Township of Reach. As his interest and duties as a politician began to take up more time, he stepped back from the business, hiring Seagrave WHERE OUR CUSTOMERSresident Glenn Moase to help man-COME FIRST. age the plant, along side his sonsBill and Jim Gibson.HOURS: Swiss Chalet Farms Ltd., bought Monday to Friday7:30am - 5:00pm out Gibson & Sons processing operations about 1960, but continued 182 North Port Roadto process their chickens from the Unit #8 Port Perry Gibson plant for another year before moving.ray hobbs Glenn Moase The company purchased Port Perry Packers, a small poultry garage processing plant on the southwest side of Union Avenue, Prince Albert and amalgamated 905-985-0059 their operations. They stripped the Gibson facility of all its equipment and expanded the new facility, hiring all service@rayhobbsgarage.com of the employees that had worked at the former plant, and appointing Mr. Moase as vice president and general manager of the new operation. They named the new plant Chalet Farms.Roger Moase, son of Glenn Moase, was a teenager when his father managed the Prince Albert plant. He recalled the business offices were located at the south end of the plant, and to the north of that was the large process-ing plant. There were three or four loading doors on the west side of the building, where chickens were brought in each night, and made ready for processing the next morning, he said.The interior of the processing plant was approximately the size of an ice pad, 85 x 200, and it was here the chickens were killed, cleaned, packaged into boxes of ice and readied for market. Shipping doors were located on the north east side of the building, and at the far north of OVERRIDGE specializes in:the property there were two retention ponds. Gas, Wood and Chalet Farms not only delivered product to the Swiss Electric Fireplaces Chalet restaurants in Toronto, but also to many small andCanadian Made large customers, including major grocery stores.Furnaces and ACs By the early 1970s declining prices in the poultry andQuality BBQsegg business made it difficult for the company to operate and Accessories profitably. Glenn Moase, manager of Chalet Farms,regretfully announced to the staff and public the plant would close on July 9, 1971.Come in and see for yourself! At top production, over 50 persons were employed at the local Chalet Farms Ltd. plant. Twenty employees had 905-985-0715 been laid off in March, but only months later the closure 170 Casimir St., Port Perry was announced. Mr. Moase estimated that 150 people Proudly Serving Port Perry & Uxbridge For Over 30 Years!were directly and indirectly affected by the shutdown.By J. Peter Hvidsten, Focus on Scugog34FOCUS - AUGUST 2020'