Permit to take down form H&B factory issued this week

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Wallaceburg's long-shuttered Hillerich and Bradsby factory will soon be demolished.

The manufacturing facility, which once produced hockey sticks and other sporting equipment, closed in 2008 but has suffered two fires that have destroyed most of the structure. The most recent occurred in December.

Chatham-Kent's deputy chief building official Don Burgess confirms that a demolition permit was issued this week after the owner completed the necessary paperwork.

“(The owner) assures me that crew is coming as soon as possible and it will come down as soon as possible,” Burgess said, noting the owner of the building is co-operating and has someone hired for the work.

A large fire engulfed the former H&B plant in 2014 on St. Patrick’s Day 2014.

Mayor Randy Hope then said the building was an “eyesore” and should be demolished if there was no short-term development planned.

While most of the building has been destroyed by the two fires, its front office is still intact. The owner is unsure if it will be torn down or if it can be saved.

“Everything else is coming down,” Burgess said.




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