Syma and David had their second child in 1948, and two more in 1952. David went to English class at night while Syma learned her English by reading, talking to her children and watching TV. Her cousins, owners of a furniture manufacturing company, employed David as an upholsterer on a piecemeal basis.
After many years, David made the decision to leave his employment and partner with another survivor, founding Star Chrome Mfg. Co. Ltd., an upholstery business. Syma rented any and all rooms in the house, and babysat to scrimp and save. Star Chrome started with one phone and small production space at, what was then, the Heintzman Piano Building in Toronto.
The risks paid off, and that upstart upholstery business became the second largest in Canada, employing about 90 people. He ran it for more than 30 years.