Our History

Before the advent of the light bulb and automobiles, there was Samuel, Son & Co. Started by two brothers in 1855 and still owned by the Samuel family today, the company has forged a long road into becoming a leader in the metals industry.

 

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2018

Samuel names Colin Osborne President and COO

As President and COO, Mr. Osborne has assumed leadership responsibility for Samuel's operations, manufacturing, purchasing, and commercial activities, along with oversight for the Company's corporate functions. Prior to his new role, Mr. Osborne was President, Samuel Service Centers, where he strengthened performance, aligned processes and built customer relationships across Samuel's metal processing and service center operations. Mr. Osborne has also served as President, Samuel Manufacturing Group, where he led the Company's diversified manufacturing businesses.
Image of Colin Osborne

2018

Samuel acquires Sierra Aluminum Company

California based Sierra Aluminum is a leader in the aluminum extrusions industry. Sierra provides aluminum extrusions and related products and services to customers in a number of end markets, including construction and transportation. The acquisition is an important strategic step that moves Samuel’s Manufacturing Division into a new and growing market segment.
Aluminum extrusion produced at Sierra

2018

Samuel continues to invest in the Canadian Automotive industry

Samuel invests $18 million in its automotive metals processing facility in Brantford, Ontario. The Brantford facility is currently a 141,000 square foot, state-of-the-art metals processing operation equipped with blanking and press lines. The investments are expected to increase capacity while adding leveling and processing capabilities for advanced high-strength steel (AHSS).
Automotive car frame on production line

2018

Burloak Technologies to open state-of-the-art additive manufacturing center

The state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot facility will accelerate the industry’s adoption of additive manufacturing by providing every service required to move customer projects from concept to optimized design for additive manufacturing (DFAM), to full-scale production in a single location.
Mock up of Burloak's advance manufacturing center of excellence

2018

Samuel, Son & Co. acquires CAID Industries

CAID is a leading provider of fabrication and precision machining services, mining and mineral processing technologies, engineered systems and automation equipment for customers in diversified markets, such as mining, energy, aerospace, and healthcare. This acquisition expanded Samuel's manufacturing capabilities while adding a market leading company to its manufacturing group of companies.
Automated robotic line designed and manufactured by CAID

2018

Samuel, Son & Co., Acquires Metal Spinners Holdings

Metal Spinners Holdings, which includes Missouri Metals of St. Louis, Missouri and Metal Spinners of Indiana, Illinois, and Texas signaled Samuel’s intent to take on the global aerospace market.
Airplane turbine engine and landing gear

2017

Samuel and Carpenter Technology Corporation announced strategic alliance

This is a first-of-its-kind strategic alliance to provide end-to-end supply chain solutions for the additive manufacturing marketplace.
Carpenter technologies logo

2017

Samuel signs purchase agreement with Burloak Technologies

Samuel invests in the Future of Metal Manufacturing signing an agreement to purchase Burloak Technologies. Burloak Technologies based in Oakville, Ontario, is the Canadian leader in the engineering and design of additive manufacturing solutions including full 3D production metal printing capabilities.
Additive manufactured part produced by Burloak Technologies

2015

160 Years of Samuel

2015 was an important year for automotive, notably with Samuel’s state-of-the-art metal processing facility in Columbia, Tennessee. Samuel’s division specializing in stainless steel tubular products, Associated Tube Group, celebrated its 60th year of operation in Canada.
Inside Samuel's Columbia Tennessee plant

2014

Kim-Tam turns 50

Kim-Tam Truck Leasing, Samuel's international trucking operation, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Kim-Tam was created in 1964, by Ernie Samuel who recognized that Samuel required an in-house trucking company to efficiently handle the growing volume of metal processing. The name was derived from the names of his two daughters Kim and Tammy.
Samuel truck and trailer at a Samuel location

2014

Safety Performance Initiatives & Positioning for the Future

In his first full year as President and CEO of Samuel, Bill Chisholm oversaw company growth and instituted a series of performance initiatives to prioritize safety measures across the company. Company revenues increased and other strategic decisions saw Samuel strengthen its position as the largest family-owned metals distributor, and reached the Top 3 in the North American Service Center industry.
Samuel's health and safety logo

2013

Bill Chisholm is named as the President & CEO of Samuel

Mr. Chisholm came to Samuel with a distinguished background in the steel industry, serving in numerous executive positions with Dofasco and ArcelorMittal. Bill still serves as the company’s CEO.
Image of Bill Chisholm

2011

New directions in emerging markets

Samuel creates new specialized product groups to serve emerging markets, such as wind energy and solar power. Samuel, Son & Co., Limited currently operates over 100 facilities worldwide in metals manufacturing, processing, distribution, and transportation.
Solar panels and windmills in background

2009

Elizabeth Samuel honored

The newly renovated ROM honors the life and work of Elizabeth Samuel with its rooftop “Liza’s Garden”. In addition to being Chair of Samuel for many years, Liza Samuel served the ROM in many capacities, including Chair of the Board of Trustees. Liza's dedication to philanthropic work, including the creation of the Samuel MRI Center of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, continues to serve local communities.
Images of the Samuel family

2008

Expansion of Canadian flat-rolled business & blanking operations

Namasco Limited of Canada is purchased by Samuel. The acquisition expands Samuel’s position as the leading supplier of carbon and specialty flat-rolled products and strengthens Samuel’s presence in Western Canada. The purchase includes the Brantford blanking facility, which increases Samuel’s value-added blanking services for the Automotive market.
Employee cutting strapping on steel plates

2008

Partnership with Villacero, the largest distributor in Mexico

Samuel expands sales in Mexico by partnering with its largest distributor Villacero Joint Venture. Other strategic acquisitions strengthen the manufacturing groups of Carbon Steel Tubular Products, Roll Formed Products and Steel Pickling Services.
Document stating the partnership of Samuel and Villacero

2006

Mark Samuel succeeds as Chairman.

Mark Samuel, son of Ernest and Elizabeth, takes over as Chairman of Samuel. In the same year, major acquisitions take place in Colorado, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Mexico.
Image of Mark Samuel in 2006

2005

Samuel’s 150th Anniversary

The company celebrates 150 years of Samuel and 5 generations of ownership by the Samuel family, making it the longest-running and largest family-owned metal service center corporation in North America.
Steel slitting machines and old Samuel logo

2003

Stronger ties across borders

Samuel purchases Sennett Steel of Michigan and folds in the business of Triad Metals, which further adds to the Samuel Midwest organization. Also in that year, a new trading operation, Samuel International, is launched to increase global purchasing.
Canadian and american flags

2000

A legacy remembered and a new Chair elected

Ernest Samuel passes away at the age of 70. His legacy of business acumen and philanthropy, along with a love of thoroughbred horse racing, is remembered by his peers and employees. Elizabeth Samuel, a long-standing board member, is appointed Chair.
Ernie Samuel with his horse Sky Classic

1994

“The Samuel Way” corporate training program is introduced

"The Samuel Way" is unveiled by President and Chairman Ernest, and CEO Wayne Bassett, a program to orient "employees to the way we believe people should be treated and how we believe the business should be run." These principles guide Samuel’s operations to this day.
Ernie Samuel and Wayne Basset in front of Samuel Way sign

1990

135 years of Samuel

President Ernest Samuel and over 1700 Samuel employees celebrate the company's 135th anniversary.
Images of Ernie and Lewis Samuel for 135th anniversary

1975

Associated Tube joins Samuel

Associated Tube, a manufacturer of specialty engineered tubing solutions, becomes a part of Samuel’s manufacturing arm. It is now known as the Samuel Associated Tube Group.
Samuel acquires Associated Tube

1972

Samuel acquires Bothwell Steel and Nelson Steel

Samuel acquires Bothwell Steel, a cold finished bar distributor which today operates under the Samuel name. In the same year, Samuel also establishes Nelson Steel Pickling. Today, Nelson Steel is part of the Samuel Steel Pickling group.
Acquisition of Bothwell steel and Nelson steel

1967

Canadian Metal Rolling Mills (CMRM) established

CMRM’s extensive manufacturing site opens under Samuel's direction. Over the years, the operation has grown into Samuel Roll Form Group, a key manufacturing division of the company.
Canadian metal rolling mills location in

1963

Samuel Strapping Systems established

Samuel creates a Packaging division, which manufactures a broad range of steel strapping, hand tools, and unitizing equipment. Today, Samuel Packaging Systems Group is Samuel’s largest manufacturing division.
Samuel steel strapping location in 1963

1962

Ernest Samuel becomes President

Sigmund Samuel, modern-day founder of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, passes away. He is revered for his 73 years of service at the company and his many philanthropic accomplishments. Ernest Samuel, grandson to Sigmund, becomes President.
Ernie Samuel in front of his grandfather's portrait

1960

New headquarters built in Mississauga

The city expropriates Samuel’s Fleet Street plant in order to build the Gardiner Expressway. Samuel sees the development opportunities just west of Toronto and builds its new headquarters on Dixie Road in Mississauga.
Samuel's head office in Mississauga

1956

Expansion into Quebec markets

The first Samuel branch outside of Toronto opens in Montreal.
Samuel's first Quebec office

1955

Samuel turns 100

Samuel celebrates 100 years and the company is recognized by the City of Toronto for its contributions to the industrial strength of the region.
Document stating Samuel is 100 years old

1940

The beginning of the Samuel Family’s association with the Royal Ontario Museum

As a founding visionary member of the ROM, Sigmund Samuel creates the expansive Canadiana Gallery of Art. The Gallery contains one of the largest collections of Canadian artworks, including the historic "The Death of Wolfe". The Samuel family continues this history with the ROM to this day, with contributions of the Samuel Hall, the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, and the Samuel European Galleries.
Elderly couple at the ROM in 1940

1931

Samuel Turns 50

50 years in the business, the company is renamed as Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, and Sigmund Samuel becomes the sole owner.
M and L Samuel storefront in 1931

1907

New building and warehouse expansion

In the early years of the century, M & L Samuel builds a new location. The brick stone building is still found at the intersection of King and Spadina in Toronto.

1855

“M & L Samuel” opens in Toronto

Brothers Mark and Lewis Samuel open M & L Samuel, a hardware and metals import/ export business in downtown Toronto, Canada. They set up operations in a narrow corner building known as "The Coffin Block". Toronto’s famous Flatiron Building stands in this location today.
Original location of Samuel

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