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Mr. Myer Salit, founder of the company was born in Brest, Litovski, Poland in 1880. At the age of 23, fleeing persecution he left Europe and landed in the Port of New York in September 1904.

After working for a short while he immigrated to St. Catharines Ontario, where his brother-in-law Harry Rubin was a scrap metal dealer.



In 1905, seeing the success of his brother-in-law, Mr. Salit decided to try his hand in the scrap business in the neighbouring town of Niagara Falls, Canada.

From the most humble of beginnings, working with only a single horse and cart, through hard work, self-education and determination he built a prosperous business.

Mr. Salit was universally respected and held in high regard by all who dealt with him. He was an active member of the community as well as a prominent philanthropist. His legacy of honesty and integrity were the foundation upon which our business was built and continues to operate.



In the early 1950's, the company diversified and began distributing new and used steel products to local industry. After World War II, Mr. Salit's son-in-law Irvin Feldman joined the company, followed by his grandson Larry Cohen in 1955.

This marked the beginning of the Steel Service Center.

In 1958 Mr. Salit passed away leaving the continuation of the legacy he began in the hands of his son-in-law and grandson.



As the company carried on it continued to grow and in the mid 1960's the company branched out and became a reinforcing steel (rebar) fabricator known as Salit Steel.



In 1981 Larry Cohen's son, Steven Cohen (Myer Salit's great-grandson) joined the company. During the 1980's, the industrial base in Niagara Falls continued to decline and despite strong historical ties, the family decided to sell off the scrap division. Upon closing the scrap operation Mr. Feldman retired.



Throughout the 90's, the company continued to expand, diversify and reinvest, improving facilities and opening new operations to better serve our customers.



Today Salit Steel continues to flourish through its two primary divisions; Rebar and the Steel Service Center, serving customers in the traditions long ago proudly established by Mr. Myer Salit.

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