The era of wooden shipbuilding (1826-1880s) and the development of coal created an industrial complex which in 1883 broadened into the opening of the first steelmaking plant in Canada, the Nova Scotia Steel Co. The steel company's forged and rolled products supplied central Canadian manufacturers, particularly for farm implements and railway construction. Railway freight car construction began in 1913 and continues. Growth continued through WWI, followed by decline because of the advantage in freight costs held by central Canadian manufacturers.
Population growth over 6 decades had been very slow, from 8917 in 1921. The town's population has been decreasing since the 1980s. Pulp processed from the local softwood stand and the manufacture of automobile tires and rail cars have maintained the labour force since the near total abandonment of the coal industry in the New Glasgow area.
Author JAMES CAMERON
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