Artifact of the Week: Safety goggles used at INCO

Safety goggle used at INCO.

Welcome to the Artifact of the Week from the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. This week’s artifact is a set of safety goggles used at INCO in Port Colborne.


During the First World War there was an increasing demand for nickel and as a result, in 1916, the International Nickel Company of Canada, INCO, announced its intention to build a nickel refinery in Port Colborne. The decision to build in Port Colborne was based on the local transportation facilities offered by the railways and the Welland Canal, and the nearby supply of hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls. By 1918 the plant was in production.