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Our History

Founder Syd Stone

Founder Syd Stone (from 1951-1980)

Our History

 

Founder Sydney R. Stone began his career at the age of fourteen with a Toronto stationery printer. Sydney Stone operated one of the first Canadian Heidelberg presses which later landed him a job as a demonstrator and installer. After serving six years in the military during World War II,  he moved to selling binders, cutters and even small format presses and established what was then known as Sydney R. Stone & Co. Limited in 1951. Stone made large contributions and worked closely with Challenge Machinery, providing the original concept and construction of the well known Paddy Wagon. He retired in 1980 and passed away one year later, dedicating over 50 years of his life to the print finishing industry. 

 

Later after Sydney Stone's death, employees Shirley MacKay and Harry Day purchased the company from Sydney Stone's widow in 1983. In 1989 the decision to sell was clear when David Marsh (former international marketing manager of Computerized Cutters) showed signs in purchasing Sydney R. Stone. According to Day, "I'm very happy about Dave being the new person because he seems to be the type of person to carry on in the Stone tradition".

 

David Marsh led Sydney R. Stone into a new ERA with the early adoption of a web site in 1993 and by beginning to import the latest equipment designed for the new and emerging world of digital print. Importing such Major brands as EBA, Morgana, Challenge, Duplo and MBM, Marsh was well known for his ability to see the future. He received numerous awards for securing Sydney. R. Stone as one of the top dealers of print finishing in Canada.

Former Owners of Sydney Stone

Owners David Marsh (1989-2008) with Shirley Mackay and Harry Day (1983-1989).

 

In 2008, Marsh sold the company to two of his employees Dylan Westgate and Michael Steele after serving 40 years in the industry. The current co-owners made expansive changes in re-branding such as renaming the company to simply Sydney Stone, re-launching a new logo, re-vamping the website to support 24/hour sales, re-building a new service team (with technical skill and fast response time) and relocation to a larger head office.

 

Now approaching 60 years, Sydney Stone continues to remain a key player in the print finishing market.

 

 

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