Jonathan Smith inherited
his love for drywall and
taping from his father,
Reverend Wallace Smith.
Wallace Smith started out as a
plasterer and taught his son all
about the trade at a young age.
They worked together for several years,
before Smith’s oldest son convinced
him to start his own company in 2001.
As a family run business, Smith’s wife,
Maureen, manages the finances of the
Jon/Smith Taping does primarily
interior work, dealing specifically with
drywall and painting. Smith believes
that in the drywall and taping industry,
reputation is everything.
“At the time, I didn’t know what to do,
so I went to a subdivision where I saw
construction taking place. I talked to
some of the foremen and they gave me
the opportunity to do the drywall for
one of the houses,” says Smith.
The foremen were impressed with his
work and asked him to work on other
houses in the subdivision.
Smith’s business and reputation
continues to grow. Today, he and
his team often do commercial and
residential work for bigger drywall
companies like Citadel Drywall &
Acoustical and C & D Drywall Inc.,
which includes one of the new
residences at Dalhousie University.
Eventually, he sees himself being able
to bid on bigger jobs himself.
“People call us now because they see
us on major job sites in [Halifax]. We’ve
been able to work on some of the
more high profile jobs like Toys R Us in
Dartmouth Crossing and the TD Canada
Trust banks,” says Smith.
Recently, Jon/Smith Taping joined
forces with ADEPA/Black Business
Initiative to work on the Henry Bauld
“We have a great working relationship
and I’m enthusiastic about future
projects we may take on together.”
With 95% of his workers from the
Preston community, Smith mentors
young men who are interested in a
“People call us now
because they see us
on major job sites in
[Halifax]. We’ve been
able to work on some
of the more high
profile jobs like Toys
‘R Us in Dartmouth
Crossing and the
TD Canada Trust
banks,” says Smith.
career in taping. Smith and his father
have personally trained everyone that
has worked for the company.
Jon/Smith Taping worked on the North
Preston Saint Thomas Baptist Church.
They contributed all the material and
labour in order to complete renovations
on the church.
“It’s one of those trades that’s a
necessity in a growing city like Halifax.
Buildings are being erected all the
time,” says Smith, indicating that it is a
great time to pursue a trade like taping.
When asked what the future holds,
Smith said he hopes to grow the
company by working with partners
that can invest in the company and
eventually pass on the family business
to his oldest son Chikia Downey, just
like his dad taught him the trade.
“I’ve been blessed with wonderful kids
that can carry on the business when
I’m away without conflict. When I’m
not there, I know it’s in great hands,”
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