The Canberra business steadily grew with the original partnership eventually dissolving. With his commitment to hard work, Arno’s incredible trade skills made him very sought after with all Clubs and Pubs using his repair and upholstery skills. His fairness with pricing and extensive professional skills made him very well respected for his honesty and integrity.
In early 1990 Arno’s son in law, Gerry Silvano, joined the business. Over time Gerry established himself as a very capable apprentice and later as a skilled tradesman. Young and strong he was more than capable of handling the heaviest of tables under Arno’s expert guidance.
In 1997 Arno turned 60 and decided to retire and become a grey nomad. Gerry & Monika Silvano took over the business and focused on expanding the retail side of the business. Expanding both the range of colours and model choice this was a very successful strategy. Gerry & Monika supplied over a thousand quality slate tables over a 13 year period. Their emphasis was on quality and they selected their main supplier in Sydney with that same emphasis. Their tables featured Italian slate, hardwood timbers, English cloth and quality production which made for a very impressive finished product.