In 1892, John Schofield took over the old Masson Manufacturing building and created a flourishing textile industry.
The company specialized in St. George Brand underwear, making 30 dozen per day in the beginning and in 1928 up to 125 dozen. Their ‘Woolnap’ underwear was said to be ‘unshrinkable’. The company prospered during WWI supplying underwear for soldiers, but suffered loses due to fires and the Depression in the 1930’s. They were a large provider of employment in Oshawa, especially for women. In 1911, Schofield employed 100 women and 50 men. With its success, Schofield gained Canada wide recognition for its underwear, however the mill closed down in 1951.