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Ingersoll is situated north of and near Highway 401. Oxford County Road 119 (formerly Ontario Highway 19) serves the town. A Canadian National rail line bisects the town just north of the center. Passenger service from the Ingersoll train station is provided to other stops in Southwestern Ontario by Via Rail. The local high school is Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute.
The Ingersoll area became known for home-made cheese production, beginning in the 1830s, and its County of Oxford was home to the first cheese factory in Canada in 1864. In 1866, a giant block of cheese weighing 7,300 pounds (3,311 kg) was produced at the James Harris Cheese Factory, just south of Ingersoll, for promotion of the town’s cheese industry. The “Big Cheese” was exhibited at the New York State Fair in Saratoga, NY, and then in England.
Ingersoll developed as an industrial centre. During the late 19th century, the town’s largest industries were Noxon Bros., a manufacturer of farm implements (1856-1916) and the Ingersoll Packing Co., a cheese-exporting and pork-packing firm (1880-1920s). The Noxons firm was shuttered in 1916, but other large industries took root during the early 20th century, including the St. Charles Condensing Co., the Morrow Screw & Nut Co., and the Ingersoll Machine Co..
In the 21st century heavy manufacturing is Ingersoll’s largest industry, including CAMI Automotive, a General Motors car manufacturing plant that was originally a joint venture with Suzuki Motors of Canada.
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