In 1949, Russ Beach started a company in Smiths Falls, Ontario making metal toolboxes. He began with only 12 employees but by the 1980’s Beach Industries Limited had become Canada’s largest metal box manufacturer, with 200 employees and sales of over $20 million. Beach toolboxes found their way into the catalogues of Canadian Tire, Sears and Eaton’s and from there into workshops all over the country. The company made more than toolboxes: their offerings included various kinds of metal boxes.
In 1987, Mr. Beach turned 77 and sold his company to Stanley Tools, the Connecticut tool giant, which lost no time in taking down the Beach Industries Sign which had stood at the plant entrance for almost 40 years.
Right now it’s a dumping ground for some keepsakes… but for our trip, it will be a lockable junk drawer filled with magical things.