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The History of Chesterfield

It all started in 1940 in an office when Baird Tewksbury opened a service center consisting of steel brokerage and a couple of shears. This was actually an ALCOA storage shed, then located on Harvard Avenue. The building was disassembled and reassembled, with additions, totaling 20,000 Square Feet at the current location in Euclid, OH.

Ed Weiner also became Mr. Tewksbury’s partner in the early 1940s. Tewksbury sold his half of the business to Ernie Tallisman, who had previously been in the trucking business. At that time Weiner told Tallisman, “I am going to teach you everything I know about the business, and retire in 25 years.” And for the next 25 years, that’s exactly what transpired. Year after year the company grew to a successful enterprise, where the plant expanded and equipment was added.

For a short time the business was called Weiner-Tallisman. One day while taking a break as a pack of cigarettes were sitting on the table they came up with “Chesterfield” as the name. This was the most popular brand of cigarettes sold at that time. In an uncanny twist of fate, 25 years after Ed told Ernie he would teach him and then retire, Ed passed away suddenly.

The Weiner family sold their portion of the business to Tallisman in 1970. For the next 38 years the Tallisman family would develop a niche and grow the business. During this time, plant and equipment were added bringing the facility to it’s current 120,000SF. In 2008 the Company was purchased by another family, Lerman Enterprises, to become Steel Warehouse Cleveland, LLC, dba Chesterfield Steel.

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