In Canada in the early 1970s, a group called CAMCO merged production of GE, Hotpoint, McClary (POD Oct 6th by coincidence!) and Moffat appliances. Economically, it made a great deal of sense - back then, there were duties and 'hidden taxes' on appliances and appliance parts that were built in the US and then imported. So the Canadian-built machines were different from their US-built counterparts (Canadian-built GE dishwashers featured porcelain tubs for much longer than US models, for example) Consumers were happy to have the choice of brands at a reasonable prices but admittely, the machines were cookie-cutter clones.
CAMCO merged with (or was acquired by) MABE at some point in the 90s, post NAFTA. I believe the big plant in Montreal closed a few years ago, following the phasing out of the McClary and Moffat brands.
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