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Canadian Sugar Factories operational records
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- Canadian Sugar Factories
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1.51 m textual records and other materials
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Canadian Sugar Factories (C.S.F.) was incorporated in 1925 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, which was owned by senior members of the Mormon Church in the United States. BC Sugar purchased C.S.F. April 13, 1931, a year when the beet sugar industry in North America had suffered economic setbacks and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company needed cash to finance its debts. In 1931, C.S.F. consisted of a single sugar beet refinery in Raymond, Alberta, adjacent to the site of the old Knight Sugar Company refinery.
In response to repeated requests by sugar beet farmers and the Alberta government, BC Sugar expanded C.S.F. by building two additional sugar beet refineries in Alberta: the Picture Butte refinery (which operated 1936-1978) and the Taber refinery (which opened in 1950). The Raymond refinery was closed in 1963 and Picture Butte in 1978. In 1978, C.S.F.'s legal name was changed to the Alberta Sugar Company, the brand name under which it had been operating for a number of years.
While C.S.F./Alberta Sugar ceased to exist as an independent entity in 1995, the Taber refinery continues to operate, as part of BC Sugar and it's successor company, Lantic, Inc.
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Series consists of records documenting the creation of Canadian Sugar Factories and its operations both under the ownership of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company and, beginning in 1931, under the ownership of The British Columbia Sugar Refining Company, Limited.
Records in the series include a wide variety of operational records, including operating review reports, human resources records, railway and other leases and contracts, companies registration records, correspondence and subject files, photographs, maps associated with the various refineries, and site plans of the Raymond refinery.
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Series also includes 32 photographs, 11 maps, and 2 architectural drawings.