Industrialist H.M. Meingast Dies Tuesday
Hubert M. Meingast, 696 3rd St. East, one of the newest members of Owen Sound's industrial community, died early Tuesday morning in Toronto General Hospital where he had been a patient for the past four weeks. He was 50.
Mr. Meingast, a native of Austria, was president and general manager of H.M. Meingast and Sons Ltd. which commenced manufacturing operations in Owen Sound early in 1960. He had also lived in Thornbury and Brantford since coming to Canada about 1952.
The Meingast company manufactures single action and double action hydraulic cylinders to serve Canada's mobile equipment industry and the machine tool field, the products being sold under the trade name Candesma, adopted from the slogan Canadian Designed and Manufactured.
Before coming to Canada, Mr. Meingast was chief metallurgist of the Carl F.W. Borgward Automobile Company of Bremen, Germany, and for a few years after his arrival in Canada was plant metallurgist with the Cockshutt Farm Equipment Company of Brantford.
Mr. Meingast left Brantford to enter partnership in JMG Manufacturing at Thornbury, and in late 1959 came to Owen Sound to establish his own industry along with two of his sons, Udo, who is plant superintendent here, and Michael, who is foreman.
An expert in the hardening of steel, Mr. Meingast established his plant in Owen Sound with some of the finest equipment available, and his firm's quality products have found a ready market across Canada.
The late Mr. Meingast is survived by his wife Marie, three sons, Udo and Michael of Owen Sound, George, at home, and three daughters, Hadmuthe, Mrs. Jurgen von Holt of Toronto, Dagmar, Mrs. John McNichol of Collingwood, and Karen, Mrs. Rudi Wernike of Montreal.
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