Bill Teskey, the founder and president of Toronto-based Sayco Distributors Ltd. / Canbuilt Manufacturing has died at the age of 77.
He died with his family by his side on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Dorothy Ley Hospice.
Bill was described by friends as a big man with a big heart, a friend and mentor to many, and a proud Canadian with strong Irish roots.
Bill started Sayco Distirubtors in 1969 as the Canadian distribution point for Pennzoil products. Eventually, he launched a manufacturing division – Canbuilt Manufacturing – to offer a superior line of Canadian-made shop equipment geared to industrial, fleet, and the automotive industries.
The company enjoyed unparalleled national growth in sales and distribution over the years, built in part on its ability to maintain inventory and supply a competitive product.
Canbuilt’s product line expanded quickly, with Bill finding ways to work with suppliers from all over the world to include a comprehensive range of floor jacks, vehicle hoists, Italian-made tire changers, and wheel balancers. The company also supplied advanced equipment for engine decarbonization, and transmission diagnostics
As an innovator, Bill created a number of new products including the Canbuilt Lifting System, the RoboStrut, the Canbuilt Tint meter, and a complete line of technologically advanced European lubrication equipment.
Canbuilt Manufacturing has a bright future, With the Teskey family behind them and an experienced management team in place.
“We embrace what Bill has left us as we hold onto the memories, and continue to push the company forward with his spirit in mind, all of his enthusiasm, dedication and passion,” said company spokesperson Russ Murdock. “Until we meet again, rest in peace, our special Bill.”