Lehman's introductory video
Jay Lehman, Founder of Lehman Hardware:
I'm Jay Lehman and I'm the founder of Lehman Hardware in Kidron, Ohio.
We started the store in 1955.
It was two small rooms.
It was all we needed for the amount of work we had at that time.
I had been in Germany for three years building houses for refugees.
And when I came back I was looking for a job.
It so happened that this small, little hardware in Kidron was for sale.
This particular hardware was doing a lot of service work, they were doing a lot of repairs for the Amish.
I had been mechanic before, an automechanic.
So I was always interested in doing things, fixing things.
This was not just an ordinary hardware, it involved a lot of repairing and I think I liked that part, that's why I really got started.
When I first started out we opened up the store every morning at 7:00.
And at first I was basically by myself and I would work all day and in the evening I then deliver the things that I had fixed during the day.
But eventually we had to get more help.
My first employees were my brother and as you know
I was in Africa for ten years.
And during that time my brother ran the store but it was just the ordinary small hardware store.
And my dad was working for me, and my sister was working for me, and my brother-in-law was working for me, and also some cousins.
So it was kind of a family affair to start with.
And it's still kind of a family affair although it's a big family now.
I think people keep coming back because they think they can get things that don't see in other stores.
We have a lot of bus tours that come and bus tours are normally older people and so we find that sometime later their children come because they told them you gotta go see that place down there.
They've got everything.
Which isn't exactly true but you get the impression that they tell their children.
My big thing has always been being of service, repairing things for them, fixing things, and sort of treating them like I want to be treated.
Some of that is being lost in this modern age where you throw things away when they don't work.
It's always been my philosophy to fix things and keep things going.
And since I'm not really in the operation day-to-day anymore, we have some very good employees.
My son and daughter do a good job of managing.
I want to thank them for that, and particularly also thank the employees because I think they're doing a good job and they follow my philosophy in helping people, and of being of service to our people.
So, I want to thank them.
Lehman's timeline video
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