AXLEWORKS

A burgeoning creative zone, providing a forum for community artists and enthusiasts, and a platform where ideas can be performed, displayed and developed.  Together with its tenants, AxleWorks will continually strive and encourage the natural evolution of the Gananoque downtown district to inspire locals and visitors across the globe.

WHERE WE ARE

Partners Zachary Treanor and Shannon Yates play an active role as owners in what is known now as Axleworks. The mission is to develop 21 King Street as the trade area’s premier arts, culture, and heritage precinct.

 

Zachary is a Director of Marketing and Integrated Services within the healthcare industry, while Shannon comes from an IT background; she was a manager responsible for the operations of many high volume websites in the financial industry.

 

Together, they bring a wealth of experience to the business; they have strategic planning experience coupled with strong project and people management skills.  Both have managed and owned various service industry related venues including: restaurants, rock climbing facilities, boat cruise events, charity events, and theatre production.  

WHO WE ARE

Historic lowertown:

 

21/23 King Street East

Gnananoque, ON

K7G 1E8

 

Exit 645 off the 401

South on Stone Street,

Right on King Street.

WHAT WE WERE

The large stone commercial unit situated in the heart of Gananoque was built over 100 years ago, and serves today as a vivid reminder of the town’s industrial heritage.  

 

The building was head office to Gananoque Spring and Axle. It all started in Gananoque, where the company's ancestors, D. F. Jones & Company and the Gananoque Spring Manufacturing Company (not surprisingly, made springs for horse-drawn vehicles) paths met in 1913. Gananoque Spring Manufacturing Company Ltd.(1860) was incorporated in 1876, and in 1884 amalgamated with Byers Brothers & Co., manufacturers of axles, as Gananoque Spring & Axle Company.  Today, the GS&A exists as the Ontario Steel Company in Milton, ON.

 

In 1960 John L. Russell opened Beaver Hall Antiques Ltd. in Gananoque. In 1970-1971 he and partner and Brenner moved the store to 21 King Street. Russell's focus was Canadiana, and his particular interests lay in Canadian silver and early Canadian portraits. Russell was called upon to lend items for the Canada Pavilion at Expo '67 in Montreal, and in 1980 received the Order of Canada. In 1981, he served as a member of the committee that helped select furniture for the Government of Canada's wedding gift to Prince Charles and Princess Diana.