CANADA'S TWO TELEVISION NETWORKS -- THE C.B.C. AND COMMERCIAL CTV BEGAN COLOUR BROADCASTING IN OCTOBER?
ZOOM out from Miner's Monument built 1921
MS Base of monument. Inscription reading "MINERS MONUMENT"
LS ZOOM into MLS of disused Line
MLS Disused mine
LS Disused building
MS LA PAN R/L along broken walls of old building
MLS Broken walls of building
LS Old wooden sheds
MS shopping area
MS PAN R/L small child running along pavement
LS Factory site of CLAIRTONE
MLS Factory building of Clairtone
MS PAN L/R over workers at benches
CS Hand putting parts onto frame and machine punching. Sub-assembly section
MS Girl at punching machine putting parts onto frame. " " "
MLS HA girls at punching machine
MCS Lightbulbs over conveyor system - off then on.
MS Girls seated at conveyor assembling parts by soldering
MS Another part of conveyor - parts of TV on conveyor moving around corner - machine stops
CS Part of TV on conveyor up and stop.
CS Hands soldering wires into position on TV framework ZOOM out to boy soldering
CS Girls face
MCS Girl checking parts on assembled TV
MCS ZOOM out from girl. Pan R/L across check and finish wiring section.
CS ZOOM out from operational TV screen to man testing it.
LS H/A Testing TV section
ZOOM out from TV tubes to PAN L/R man assembling picture tube
CS Man on Picture tube assembly; Soldering electrical part.
MS Men at picture tube assembly section
PAN MS L/R across tubes on racks in operation
MS ZOOM into TV screen on unfinished TV
ZOOM out from finished product. PAN R/L to other finished TV's
CS Men on cabinet assembly line
MS Men on cabinet assembly line
MS PAN L/R from finished cabinets to woman spraying on conveyor. Other finished cabinets. (stereo cabinets)
ZOOM out from man spraying cabinets
MLS Workers touching-up cabinets on conveyor
LS PAN L/R from factory floor to ZOOM in on new TV sets.
MCS TRACK L/R along line of new television sets.
EXTERIOR SHOT. ZOOM out from TV aerial on old house
MS Two children pushing dolls prams.
ZOOM out from goats in field revealing tumbled down sheds & buildings.
MLS House under construction.
MLS New homes
LS HA New houses
MLS PAN R/L from new house to another house
LS Town of Stellarton
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Background: CANADA'S TWO TELEVISION NETWORKS -- THE C.B.C. AND COMMERCIAL CTV BEGAN COLOUR BROADCASTING IN OCTOBER 1966, AND A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE DAY'S BROADCASTING IS IN COLOUR. PREVIOUS TO THIS, CANADIANS LIVING IN SOME CENTRES NEAR THE U.S.A. BORDER WERE ABLE TO GET PROGRAMMES IN COLOUR FROM THE U.S.A. THE ADVENT OF CANADIAN COLOUR TV PROGRAMMING HAS, OF COURSE, RESULTED IN A NUMBER OF CANADIAN FIRMS GOING INTO THE MANUFACTURE OF COLOUR TV SETS ON A LARGE SCALE. ONE OF THESE, CLAIRTONE, IS A UNIQUE ALL-CANADIAN COMPANY, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THEIR PRODUCTION METHODS BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE LOCATED IN A TOWN WHERE THE ECONOMY WAS BASED ON THE NOW DEFUNCT COAL-MINES
Clairtone Sound Corporation was founded in mid-1958 two young Canadians with the idea that a ready market existed for quality stereophonic sound equipment housed in distinctively styled cabinets. Peter Munk, electronic engineer, who had been designing and engineering custom made sound equipment and David Gilmour, a furniture merchandiser, exhibited their first high fidelity console in Canada in late 1958. And Clairtone's only interest was the stereo market until March 196 when they went into colour television, by passing black and white entirely.
Clairtone's move into colour without black and white involvement is a marketing and manufacturing plus -- they are colour specialists. They became stereo specialists without monaural experience.
When the company decided to expand it looked, of course, for a location where there was skilled labour available. At the time Clairtone was trying to locate for their expansion, the federal government announced its "designated area" program which provided tax relief for a period of three years and other incentives to companies locating new facilities in economically depressed areas.
Clairtone turned its attention to the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The tax programme, the proximity to the U.S. market and the excellent qualities of the local people (in spite of their lack of experience) ended in locating the new plant, which is on a 7-acre site, in Stellarton, Nova Scotia (Population: 5 1/2 thousand). Once a coal mining town, the majority of mines have been abandoned and this new industry has opened new vistas and incentives for the young people of Stellarton --to the economy of the town, the county, the province (Clairtone being the largest secondary manufacturing plant operating in Nova Scotia) and to the country.
In temporary quarters in April 1965 the company started training 250 employees and in May production was underway. In March 1966 the electronic division moved to completed permanent quarters. The only plant of its kind in North America, it is the first electronic equipment manufacturing facility to combine both the cabinet making and electronic manufacturing operations under one roof.
From the beginning no effort was spared to set up the most modern, most efficient factory possible to produce quality product in the most economical way. Clairtone build their own cabinets and the final assembly is also carried out in the Stellarton plant.
Production is taken care of by the speed on the line. Lines are set up to allow the operators to turn out maximum production conductive to continuous quality work. A supervisor's only function in this plant is to control the quality of the work.
Clairtone's electronic testing and colour convergence are completely handled by women. Research has shown that women tend to be more dexterous, get bored loss easily with repetitive jobs, and are more apt to maintain absolutely rigid inspection stewards over long periods.
Scheduled production for the latter half of this year is for over 10,000 sets. 1967 production is aimed to exceed 25,000 sets which, added to the regular stereo business, make Clairtone's future look very colourful indeed.