Bavarian immigrants Anton and Rosina Will started their candle making business 163 years ago in their Syracuse backyard.
Louis Will, eldest son of Anton and Rosina Will, helped run the business after the death of his father, and became the first traveling candle salesman. Later, becoming president of the Eckerman-Will Candle Co. Rosina’s marriage to Christian Eckerman, the owner of another candle company in Syracuse that had ties to the Francis Baumer Candle Company, resulted in a family merger that became the new Will & Baumer. Louis was elected to head the new company, Will & Baumer.
Will & Baumer Candle Company incorporates in the State of New York.
By 1900, the company had offices throughout the US with production facilities in several Syracuse locations.
In 1903, Will & Baumer offices were moved to a new location on the corner end of Onondaga Parkway, that later became the permanent site of the factory and shipping complex.
A 100 foot candle was painted on the boiler house smokestack of Will & Baumer to remind all Syracuse of the importance of this industry.
Sudbury Brass was founded in 1927 as a silver-smithing and church appointment repair and refinishing firm.
The R.J. Toomey firm was founded in 1936 by Richard J. Toomey, and together with two of his brothers, Lawrence J. Toomey and John A. Toomey, incorporated the Company in 1946.
Brooklyn, New York natives Ignatius and Antoinette DiGiovanni move to the dry heat desert of Phoenix, Arizona for health reasons. The DiGiovanni newlyweds start a retail store inside the Phoenix Bus terminal in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1972, the Syracuse China company acquired Will & Baumer, whose only remaining family employee was great grandson Dick Will. Will & Baumer's ownership changed hands five times in the next 20 years.
In 1973, the Toomey brothers Richard and John sell their interest in R.J. Toomey to Lawrence Toomey, who had been running the company for twenty years.
Santa Barbara Ceramic Design was founded in 1976 by Raymond Markow. Ray would later change the company name to Santa Barbara Design Studio.
Stephan Baby was founded by Jan Campbell in 1987.
Heartfelt, Inc. was founded by Linwood and Lea Metts in Roanoke, VA.
Universal Designs®, founded by Bobbi and Ronald Baugh in 1999, is a family owned and operated company focused on providing excellent products and service to the Christian Book Association (CBA).
CBC opens a sourcing office in Hong Kong managed by K.C. Siu
CBC acquires Will & Baumer January 31st, 2008.
CBC opens a Philippines technology office is the Ortigas suburb of Manila.
CBC acquires Heartfelt Inc. of Salem, VA.
CBC acquires R.J. Toomey.
CBC acquires Santa Barbara Design Studio.
CBC acquires Universal Designs.
Santa Barbara Design Studio signs a long term licensing agreement with Karen Rosenzweig for the That’s All license.
CBC acquires Stephan Baby.