More than fifty years after it was founded, Milgram remains true to its beginnings, providing a high quality of service, and looking for innovative ways to serve our clients.
In 1950 Harry Milgram was working for a customs brokerage firm by the name of Samuels and Co. Harry was learning the business and hoped to own his own firm one day.
At about the same time, Oscar Goldman had started a business brokerage firm with Mr. Lou Morris, who had previously been in business as Morris Bros Tire Co.
Mr. Morris had purchased a machine from West Germany that could unravel used nylon hosiery and then rewind the yarn, which was in very short supply at that time. As fate would have it, when Mr. Morris brought his customs papers to Samuels and Co., he met Harry and the two of them struck up a relationship.
With financing from Mr. Morris, Harry decided to strike out on his own. Mr. Morris invited Oscar to participate in the venture, with the expectation that Oscar would assist them in obtaining their Customs Brokerage licence.
The licence was issued in July 1951, and they opened an office at 415 McGill Street in Montreal. After a short time, Mr. Morris decided that the customs brokerage business was not for him, and he decided to sell his shares.
Of course, these two young businessmen did not have the means to buy Mr. Morris' shares, so they approached Mr. Harry Gross of Gross Manufacturing. Mr. Gross acquired Mr. Morris' interests, and helped to expand their client base into the textile and apparel business.
In 1952 Mr. Gross reduced his interests by introducing two of his sons, Nat and Bernard, into the business. And in 1955, Mr. Gross' third son, Gerald entered the business as well. By this time, the shareholders of Milgram were Harry, Oscar, Nat, Bernard and Gerald.
The business expanded under the direction of this hard-working team. The partners worked long hours to build the business, and were quick to embrace new innovations and new technologies.
By the mid 1970's the next generation had started working summers at Milgram, working as drivers, runners, long-room clerks, raters and accounting clerks. Laury Gross, Joel Milgram, Jay M. Goldman and Nathan Goldman all took their places in the company.
Nat Gross retired in 1981, at which time Oscar became President of Milgram. The business continued to expand, and the younger generation decided that it was time to enter the field of Freight Forwarding. In 1983, Milgram International Shipping was founded.
Milgram continued in its role as an industry leader, introducing new services and business practices that were emulated by other firms.
Ten years later, in 1993, Bernard passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. By this time, his son Laury had taken over Milgram's Consulting Department, Joel had taken over the financial end of the business, Jay had taken over the operations, and Nathan was running the freight forwarding business.
Jay was elected as President in 1994, and the company continued its forward advance. Looking for new opportunities and recognizing the importance of integrated logistics, the partners founded Milgram Freight Services in 1995.
Gerald Gross retired in 1996, and Oscar and Harry began their retirement in 1999. Sadly, Oscar passed away only a few years later, in November 2002, and Harry passed away shortly afterwards in November 2003.
Sixty years after it was founded, Milgram remains true to its beginnings, providing a high quality of service and looking for innovative ways to serve our clients. We employ over three hundred people in Canada, and are led by a management team of:
Jay M. Goldman, President & CEO
Joel S. Milgram, Chief Financial Officer
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