Tony's Canvas & Leather
Canton, New York, April 6, 2011 – Tony’s Canvas & Leather, Massena, is the recipient of a $13,860 grant and a $5,000 loan from the St. Lawrence County Local Development Corporation. Tony will use the funds to purchase equipment that will improve the productivity and efficiency of his business.
Tony’s Canvas & Leather was started in 2001 by Tony O’Geen from his home at 50 Grove Street, Massena when he began repairing hockey equipment for local universities. Today Tony’s Canvas & Leather makes custom sports bags, leather saddle bags, and custom printed or embroidered business and sport apparel to customers worldwide. Mr. O’Geen also creates custom made boat tops, and reupholsters boat and vehicle seats. In addition, the shop can create signage for everything from boats and cars to business banners and stickers. Repair work is still a large portion of the business mostly from the repair and re-palming of hockey, lacrosse, and baseball gloves. Tony can repair many items including shoes, purses, or anything made from canvas or leather.
Part of what sets Tony’s Canvas & Leather apart is Tony’s excellent customer service. The sports industry is his largest customer base which most often approaches him to make custom team bags. Unlike larger competitors, Tony can also fulfill other product and apparel needs such as sweatshirts, hats and jackets, saving teams the hassle of multiple vendors. Because each item is made to order, Tony is able to create high quality goods tailored to exactly what his customers want. In addition, Tony provides a warranty on all sports bags, and low cost repair service after the warranty expires – a service not typical of larger companies.
“I would like to thank first of all the SLCLDC for this Grant & Loan, and Leigh Rodriguez for all of her professional guidance, Michelle Collins of the SBCD, and Aurora O’Geen for helping me with my business plan,” states Mr. O’Geen. “Ruby Sprowls, CEO of NATC has been an invaluable asset to my business, and I would not be where I am today without her. Lastly, thank you to my many customers across this country who have given me some really great testimonials on my quality made products.”
“Tony has created a name for himself in his industry,” states SLCLDC CEO Raymond Fountain. “We see a lot of growth potential for Tony’s Canvas & Leather and are glad to provide assistance that will move him in that direction.”
For more information contact Tony at 842-6443 or check out his website at www.tonyscanvas.com.