Each year the Mennonite community would find themselves with a surplus of fruit that was ripening too quickly. To address this issue, Peter Wall created the “Niagara Canning Company Limited” in 1940. During the canning season, women from the community and others recruited from the West would work long hours in the cannery. By 1945, wages were 37 cents per hour for girls under the age of 16, and 42 cents for those over. The cannery went bankrupt in 1948.