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A Hess multi- layer machine operating at North American Stone Company New competition began to enter the Toronto market in 1973. Mr. Bryant’s wanted to name his new company Lockstone. However, this name was already registered in Canada to Reinhart Schneider, an owner of the German paver manufacturer, Kann. According to Richard Hartley who worked for Mr. Schneider, by spring 1973, Mr. Schneider was manufacturing pavers at a plant in Milton, Ontario, under the company name Durastone. Dr. Walter Bergerhof, owner of Knauer and KNR Concrete Products Wolf Mueller managed KNR Concrete and later represented Knauer. A third company, KNR Concrete Products located in Georgetown, Ontario (near Toronto) entered the market in 1973 and was managed then by another influential German and new Canadian immigrant, Wolf Mueller. The plant was owned by Dr. Walter Bergerhof of Knauer Maschinenfabrik of Germany. This competition was seen by Mr. Bryant as beneficial to all. By 1975, three companies promoted the benefits and drove demand for interlocking concrete pavers in the Toronto market. Durastone initially manufactured the Munich paver. This paver was supplied to the Shaw Festival Theatre on Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip of England officially opened the theatre in the summer of 1973. Since the The three-pointed pavement was fit for royalty, Munich paver it’s rumored that somewhere, a photo exists of Her Majesty stepping out of her limousine and onto the new concrete pavers. I C P I C O M M E M O R AT I V E P U B L I C AT I O N • 9