Mr. A.Y.S. Gnanam the founder of St. Anthony’s Group, established his initial business venture by trading in scrap iron and soon expanded business to export scrap iron to Europe, which paved the way for his entry into the hardware industry in Ceylon. St. Anthony’s Hardware Stores was launched in 1944 as the trading arm of St. Anthony’s Group.
The Group’s manufacturing activities commenced in 1960 with the production of wire nails, laying the foundation for numerous industries to follow. Several manufacturing ventures were undertaken by the founder who continued to steer the company till his demise.
Mr. Gnanam’s invaluable contribution to industrial development was recognized nationally and he was felicitated with three special titles, Deshabandu bestowed in 1986 and Deshamanya In 1994. In April 1996, his efforts were further recognized with a special award, Vishwa Prasadini.
St. Anthony’s Hardware (Pvt.) Ltd, which commenced as a family business over 65 years ago, has grown through the ages and is recognized today as a as a pioneer in the hardware industry in Sri Lanka.
Today we are a privately incorporated Limited Company which is registered to conduct business throughout Sri Lanka. We follow all mandatory accounting processes and the tax structure of the Government of Sri Lanka.
St. Anthony’s Hardware deals with a wide range of imports to meet domestic and industrial needs that are convenient and affordable. It is matched with a product distribution network spread across the country and a state of the art modern showroom to cater to the retail customers.