Company History

Timeline

1832

1832

1832

John Stagg decided to take advantage of the railway and moved his premises to the end of the line. He then built himself a wharf so that timber could come straight up the river, be unloaded at his wharf and then shipped to his customers by rail with the minimum amount of involvement on his behalf

1844

1844

John Stagg went into partnership with Joshua Byers and the company name was changed to Stagg, Byers and Company

1845

1845

Joshua Byers became the sole owner presumably at the death of John Stagg

1863

1863

1863

This year saw the end of the Stockton and Darlington Railway as it was amalgamated into the North Eastern Railway. Joshua Byers also took his son, Joshua Stagg Byers, into partnership and the firm became known as Joshua Byers and Son

1893

1893

By this year Joshua Byers and now Joshua Stagg Byers died, and the company was purchased by John Watson

1898

1898

The Company changed its name to John Watson

1909

1909

John Watson died but the Company continued to run being managed by the executors of John Watson’s Estate

1919

1919

John Barnabas Smith, a former employee of John Watson, purchased the company and changed the name to John B Smith.

1927

1927

John, who had remained a bachelor, died in this year leaving the company to his sister Martha who was married to W.J. Scaife

1946

1946

1946

On the 3rd July of this year the company, having ran under the management of W. J. Scaife became the 414202 company to become Limited, hence changing its name again to John B. Smith Ltd. with W.J. Scaife becoming the Chairman

1951

1951

Frank L. Scaife succeeded as Chairman

1973

1973

Frank L. Scaife died and John C. Scaife succeeded him as Chairman and Managing Director. It was also in this year that Michael J. Scaife joined the company

1984

1984

Moved to the new and current premises in Dugdale Street

1986

1986

1986

Andrew Taylor Joined the company straight from college

1987

1987

Michael J. Scaife became the Managing Director

2001

2001

Andrew Taylor was appointed Director

2011

2011

Michael J. Scaife became Chairman. It was also in this year that Andrew Taylor became Managing Director

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