Company History

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Bavarian immigrants Anton and Rosina Will started their candle making business 163 years ago in their Syracuse backyard.
1855
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.
1866
Will & Baumer Candle Company incorporates in the State of New York.
1896
By 1900, the company had offices throughout the US with production facilities in several Syracuse locations.
1900
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.
1903
A 100 foot candle was painted on the boiler house smokestack of Will & Baumer to remind all Syracuse of the importance of this industry.
1904
Sudbury Brass was founded in 1927 as a silver-smithing and church appointment repair and refinishing firm.
1927
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.
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.
1947
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.
1972
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.
1973
Santa Barbara Ceramic Design was founded in 1976 by Raymond Markow. Ray would later change the company name to Santa Barbara Design Studio.
1976
Stephan Baby was founded by Jan Campbell in 1987.
1987
Heartfelt, Inc. was founded by Linwood and Lea Metts in Roanoke, VA.
1987
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).
1999
CBC opens a sourcing office in Hong Kong managed by K.C. Siu
2008
CBC acquires Will & Baumer January 31st, 2008.
2008
CBC opens a Philippines technology office is the Ortigas suburb of Manila.
2011
CBC acquires Heartfelt Inc. of Salem, VA.
2011
CBC acquires R.J. Toomey.
2014
CBC acquires Santa Barbara Design Studio.
2015
CBC acquires Universal Designs.
2015
Santa Barbara Design Studio signs a long term licensing agreement with Karen Rosenzweig for the That’s All license.
2016
CBC acquires Stephan Baby.
2017