Canadians Supporting Canadian Manufacturing


Dear L May and all production staff, Thank you very much for our two new lunch boxes. We are looking forward to not  buying the cheaply made  ‎imported  lunch bags every 6-12 months anymore.
 I really like the camo pattern. It has really grown on me in the last couple of weeks. I like that the pattern is also on the inside as well.  The added custom D-rings for a strap  on the lid really helps in the morning when walking to my truck carrying keys,coffee etc. It keeps my hands free. It will also come in handy in the summer when I ride my motorcycle to work. On nice sunny days I might even ask if I can borrow my Wifes pink one. If I can pry it away from her.
 It's also great that it's made in Sudbury, Ontario. Canadians should support Canadian companies. Thanks R.G.



I received my lunch box yesterday here in Vancouver and have to say I was very happy. I know it may sound corny to be excited about a lunch box however I have been spending $12-$20 a day on lunches as I am a Plumber and grab lunch where I can during the day. I am an aspiring Firefighter and have to say that making my own lunches will be much healthier and help me reach my dream of becoming a Firefighter. 

Today I would have had lunch at a greasy diner, instead I had a nice packed lunch at Stanley Park (at work!!) as I travel around Vancouver in my plumbing truck. It really made my day to be able to take 30 minutes and enjoy my lunch with the view below.

— Andrew



I'm sure my husband will take good care of it. He might even  sleep  with it the first night! He's been wanting one for awhile. I guess i'm just excited to get it, lol!

— Anne




Thank you Catherine so much for your help and advise with the lunchbox. I gave it to my boyfriend on Thursday morning and he absolutely loves it! Mike says it is every guys dream to have a lunchbox like that! It is the perfect size and everything. He is so pleased! Thank you!

As part of Mike's birthday celebration I arranged for us to have a weekend away and to my surprise, his birthday weekend get-away turned into an engagement weekend…he PROPOSED to me…next to a waterfall, it was so romantic!! Yay! 

So, thank you so so so much for your excellent service!

— Candice



On Saturday Lunch & his friends, Mug & Flask went to Portland Bill for the afternoon. Sadley soon after this was taken, Flask started to try & chat the lighthouse up, so Mug had to go off after him to make sure that he didn't get up to no good.

With Lunch now being on his own & with seeing the English Channel, his mind soon turned to Canada & wondering just how far away 'home' is...

A little later Lunch had a game of 'Hide & Seek' with the lighthouse.

Towards the end of the day Lunch did a bit of seagull watching

Before finally catching the train home, which was hauled by one of the 2 engines that normally pulls the Royal Train no less!


— Michel



Hi there - just received my new fancy green lunch box today. I SQUEELED like a kid when I saw it. I can now officially ditch my ratty old one. P.S. I LOVE that these are still made in Canada. Thank you!

— Debbie



I have just recieved my grade for the project I did on your father's company. On my report, I got 95% and on my presentation, I got 100%!!! :) Thanks again for all your help, it was greatly appreciated!

— Emma



I had the privilege of hearing your story today at the luncheon. I agree that people are moved to tell you their lunch box stories and that people have an emotional connection to your product.

My Dad had one, it's one of the cherished memories of my childhood.  It sat on our kitchen counter when he was home and he took it to work everyday.  I believe I can even recall the sound of the handle swinging when he would walk into the house with it. 

On June 16, 1993, my Dad went to work at Creighton Mine and never came home, he died at the 6300 feet level of that mine. We were devastated. Approximately a week later, some representatives from INCO appeared at our front door to offer their condolences and give us his lunch box. I believe my Mom still has it (I hope she does).

I was emotional during your story today and moved to reach out to you with my story.  

Thank you for caring about your customers and your product. Take Care :)

— Joanne




Hello again! I received it in the mail on Friday so I decided to take a nice shot of my old one with hubby's new one. The little panda is from my mom (pandas are my thing). I've only got a few stickers on my pail that I've earned (the newer looking ones) but I can't wait to fill it up! Thank you so much for everything! I'm so happy with the lunch box!

— Kerry



Thought I'd let you know we ended up buying 4 lunch boxes last night at GT!

Bjorn decided to go with a big blue one instead of the green........and we got 3 little ones (blue, green, purple) for our nephews and niece for Christmas!

And I'm going to go back and get a little one for myself.....first I had to make sure it would fit my nalgene water bottle and it does!  I think I might go for the Cheetah print!

Just want to thank you for such an awesome product!  Your dad was a clever guy!

Growing up I remember my dad had one!!  He ran the landfill site in Hanmer and would leave each morning with a lunchbox full of food....and come home with it full of blueberries!  All plump and juicy....and protected in the lunchbox!

— Amanda




We have been very happy with them and believe this will be the case for years to come and we don't believe that we will ever need to purchase another type in our whole lives. These ones will last us forever! It is refreshing and appreciated to see such a well-made product in this disposable day and age. You should be very proud of your work and it's impact on our environment!.

— Kathy




I love to read about your father's work ethic and ambition.  Reading his story makes me think of my grandfather.  He too has a similar story of work ethic, personal respectfulness, all wrapped in a humble man.  Those qualities are so valuable and yet under recognized and under appreciated in the world today, it seems.  I think that is why David wants so badly for selling your father's lunch boxes to work for him too...He clings to the values that your father embodied and he strives to emulate the hard working, loyal, sensitive, yet no nonsense kind of man he knows my grandfather to be.  

I am beginning to come to understand that for David, the lunch boxes are a sort of symbol of qualities in the man you describe your father to have been.  He longs for doing something with his life's work that will hold that same value and meaning.  

While we seen to still be searching for our own thing, I think the lunch boxes at least symbolize what we are reaching towards!  I have come to realize, understand more clearly, that in order to truly have that feeling of living from our own efforts, we would have to be manufacturing the boxes ourselves...that hands on component is missing for us, for David, so it is not the same thing. It isn't possible for us to get the same satisfaction from selling the boxes...but it is a start to bring the boxes to others along with the feeling of historical connection that owning a box brings.  

We are forever grateful to you for what you are teaching us about being in business, about work ethic, about working with people, about looking out for yourself and others at the same time.  Your father not only lived right himself, he also passed along his values very successfully in how he made sure you saw the value in the way he lived his life.  Of course, living and doing business that way yourself was/is your own decision, your own doing, and I would say your father would be so proud!!  He would smile a humble smile (maybe inside where only he could see it) but he would smile a huge acknowledgment smile at your hard work and self growth!!

— Milne



My name is Austin Roberts, and I am a student at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.  I am writing to inquire about purchasing a removable thermos/bottle retainer for my dad's Miner's Lunchbox.

My father is a mining engineer by training and continues to work within the mining industry.  However, he has progressed enough in his career that now he works more frequently from an office for his company and his work on site and in mines is limited to visits and inspections. 

My Dad purchased his lunchbox in Val-d'Or in the late 1990s while visiting an underground mine there with a company that he was based in Nevada working for.  He liked the sturdy design and has used it ever since. 

However, as I mentioned, he rarely needs it anymore.  He has since passed the lunchbox on to me.  I study chemical engineering at Colorado School of Mines and find the lunchbox quite useful during my summer employment.  I worked as a metallurgical technician during summer 2013 in a gold mine and during summer 2014 I worked as a field intern in the petroleum industry.  Both of these jobs were in the field for long hours and my dad's sturdy lunchbox held all the lunch I needed as well as whatever else I needed depending on the day's tasks. 

The lunchbox is still in great shape!  For my birthday several weeks ago, my father purchased for me a Stanley thermos, just like the one he used while working throughout his career.  My father remembered that his lunchbox once had a retainer for a thermos in it.  However, at some point while he was using it, he lost it and has no idea where it may be. 

My Stanley thermos fits in my father's lunchbox and now that I'm using both items, I would like to purchase a retainer for it.  I believe my lunchbox is a Classic 14".  Your help is appreciated!  My father and I would like to complement your company for the outstanding product you make.  I plan on using the lunchbox throughout my career until a point at which I can pass it on, continuing its legacy in my family.

— Austin



In 1968, I came to Sudbury to work at the Copper Cliff Refinery.  I bought a 14 inch Sudbury lunch-pail and... it sure has gone the distance!  I can't remember what I paid for it but in hindsight, it was a real bargain. After 44 years, the only thing that the pail ever needed was a shot of oil on-the-handle to keep it from squeaking. Who ever thought a lunch-pail would last so long that it could be handed-down as a family heirloom!   A long time coming, but here is your pat on the back for making a great product.  In conclusion, I'm a very satisfied customer and I wanted you to know it! 

— John



I was travelling with my son in Labrador a couple of weeks ago and he spotted one of your lunchboxes in the hardware store in Happy Valley Goose Bay:  I bought it immediately! Wanted one for years.

I grew up in Sault Ste Marie and saw lots of these heading into  ‘The Steel Plant’. I have no idea what I will use it for but am delighted to have it. 

— Leslie



Just for your interest, I have discovered that I have what I think is one of your 14.5 inch lunch boxes from the 50’s/60’s. I was unaware of the history of it, until I saw an episode of the Dragon’s Den last night on the CBC and recognised the unique design.

I actually had picked up the lunch box on a recycling table at our local dump many months ago and put it in my shed with some tools in it. Following the DD episode, I inspected it and found the stamp of L. May MFG Sudbury Ont. on the left hand side of the lid.

It is still in excellent shape, other then some scratches and some dirt. I may put it back to use as a lunch box again, now I know it’s history.

— John




I wanted to say thanks for keeping this company alive for all these years. My dad still has his original box, it's about 23 years old, and now I've been working at inco (vale) on surface for just over a year and figured it was time to get my own so I could fit in with the rest of the smelter, which actually includes my dad who's on my shift. I SQUEALED when I seen the pink one! Being one of the very few hourly females I'm VERY excited to go to work with my bright pink lunch pail... Something like that just demands respect! 



My dad has dad his for 23 years (smelter)

my husband has had his for 6 years (refinery) 
My father in law has had his for 26 years (underground)
Not to mention all the uncles, cousins, and other family! 
Just thought you'd like to hear that in a way, your family has always been part of ours :) 

— Ashley



Those lunchboxes really strike a chord with me.  My dad always had one when I was growing up.  I remember eating many a peanut butter sandwich out of one on days that I’d help my dad at work.  Had no idea the rich History behind them and that they were made in Sudbury, until I found the website.  Very cool.

— Tash



I am interested in picking up one of your lunchboxes.  I am writing a novel – the initial dump is complete and I am now editing it. I hope to begin submitting it to agents by the end of this summer. I am 52 years old but a fairly new fiction writer. I am unpublished.

My main character has one of your lunch boxes which he inherited from his father. I’'m not sure how it got into my story, but it seems to be the thing everybody picks up on in my opening scene. They want to know more about it. I read the scene today to thirty people and a woman screamed at me that if I didn’t tell her more about this lunchbox, she’d kill me. Oh the joys of writing. But I now have a desire to at least hold one of these boxes. I want to pick one up, open it, carry it around for awhile. I think I want to own one.

I also have a question about them. I wrote that the lunchbox in my story has a certificate of authenticity. Do your products carry such a thing? Have they ever? If not, can you start? *grin*

— John

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