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Choice Cut-Up Chicken

In the 1950’s my in-laws came to Canada from Italy and their first jobs were at Choice Cut-Up Chicken in Aurora, Ontario. At the time the chicken industry was so popular in the area, that Aurora was actually once known as the Chicken Capital of Canada.

L-R: Antonio Vigliotta, Unknown, Unknown

Although at the time it was one of the biggest industries in the area, I couldn’t find much information about it. Some research however revealed that the factory was located on Old Yonge Street and by searching aerial maps of the area, I found out exactly where:

Here, in 1970 is the Cut-Up Chicken factory. The road to the left is Yonge Street, and the road to the right is Old Yonge Street.

Today, there is a town house complex known as Burgon Place by Sierra Communities, just south of Highland GM.

Two of the buildings in the area from 1970 still exist. One is now Elite Auto Wholesalers and the other is Highland National Leasing, formerly Earl Lumley Auto Body in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

If anyone has any old photos or more information about Choice Cut-Up Chicken, I would be happy to add them!

Update: From the 1981 Purina Annual Report showing that it is now Checkerboard Foods Division of Purina:

Updated: January 16, 2021 — 5:19 pm

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  1. And later on it was known as or name changed to Checkerboard Farms.
    I remember seeing the black and white squares on either the trucks or the building itself.

  2. Agree with Andrew. It was operating under a different name at least until the late 1980s/early 90s when we returned to Aurora. It likely closed as there were houses all around it by then..likely to build the Tara Hill homes.

  3. It appears that it was changed to Checkerboard Foods perhaps in the 1970’s – a division of Purina. They are included in the 1981 Purina Annual Report.

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