Since it’s inception, L. May MFG has deployed over 1 million sturdy lunch boxes for workers across Canada and in some parts of the United States.

To this day, their lunch boxes are still manufactured in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, often being passed down by generations as family heirlooms.

Hear from our numerous happy customers!

My dad had one of these...used to hear it rattling every morning when he left to go to the copper refinery in Copper Cliff.

I gifted an L. May to my daughter since she just started working underground! She loves it and gets so many compliments thanks again for the great product and services

Lyne Brabant

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!


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 seem 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!!


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!


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 had 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 🙂


Those lunchboxes really strike a chord with me. My dad always had one when I was growing up. I remember eating many peanut butter sandwiches 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.


I have had my L. May lunch box for a few years and it is the perfect size to hold my quart thermos [14 inch] as well as my lunch. The thermos is 47 years old and the lunchbox is 10 plus. It is nice to know that it can be repaired


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!.


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.


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.


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 recognized 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 than some scratches and some dirt. I may put it back to use as a lunch box again, now I know it’s history.


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, and carry it around for a while. 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*


My father had one of these lunch kits for years ! The latches wore out so he cut a tire tube to hold the lid shut, my father passed away in late September at the age of 75, he worked right up until 3 weeks before he died with your lunch kit. At his request he was cremated and was buried in his metal lunch kit held shut by his tire tube . Your logo is so true , “it will last as long as you will!


I have been using my L. May lunch pail for over 30 years. It has carried my lunch every day since, keeps the dirt off, and is built tough. Not only does my lunch pail represent Sudbury, but it represents a long career in the mining industry.

Tim, Electrician

I still have two from 1974 when I started working underground, couldn't get enough food in the smaller one so I bought a bigger one. I'm now retired 8 years and the smaller one makes a great bullet box for my hunting. The bigger one is on the shelf waiting for a purpose. My father who retired in 1988 nailed his to the clothesline pole for clothespins and it is still being used today, rust-free and like new. Keep up the good quality.

Greg Polden

This 14" lunch box has been around for ages! We can't remember when hubby got it. It holds a large stainless steel thermos in the lid and lots of room in the bottom for lunch stuff, notebook, etc. Glad to see they are making a comeback!

Debby Jo

This might be the most incredible kindergarten lunch pail ever. An aluminum LMayMFG Coal Miners Lunch box.

I have had my original miners lunch box for almost 20 years. And still use it every day. I love the quality of it. It's easy to find in the fridge at work amongst all the cheap insulated lunch bags. My food doesn't get squished. And best of all. It's made in Canada.

Will Sodtke

I inherited my fathers lunchbox who was a union ironworker for 25+ years until the day he died. I plan to do the same as an electrician and carry on the tradition of the trades. One lunchbox at a time.

Josh Robison

I remember my grandfather's and uncle's lunch box years ago, they came from L May when they worked in Cartier on the railroad. My wife got mine a couple of years back. I had to have one as well I'm sure it will easily last the rest of my working life. A great Canadian product Thanks, L May.

Darren Morrow

I have had my lunch pail for 25 yrs. Still use it daily. Love it . Have seen many others come and go but this one is by far the best , and it's made in Canada.


I have one from my grandfather, I love it. It shows how things used to be made, not like things today. It's a real lunch box for a real worker.

Jay Hayes

Incredible product. My box is 50+ years old and still used daily. I intend on it becoming my urn.

Ron Glowczewski

I have been carrying one to work for 40 years, it should be good for another 40!

David J

This box was bought for me on Father’s Day about 7 years ago. I have the seat pad for it also. It’s been to: North mine, South mine, Totten mine, Coleman mine, Fraser mine, Onaping Deep, Garson mine, Creighton mine, Stobie, 777 Flin Flon Manitoba, K2 Esterhazy Saskatchewan, Compass Minerals Goderich, Kemano British Columbia, New Gold Kamloops BC, Hope Bay Nunavut, and 8000 feet down, A little rust from the salt mines and a strap so no fellow employees can flip the latches while I’m walking lol. My Dad had one for 32 years at Frood

Craig Jefferson

The left lunch box was mine for school as a kid. The middle one is my father's and the right one is mine currently. They are standing the test of time!

John Doe

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