2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Brodner Equipment. Mike Brodner and Leo Baum, behind Brodner's Hardware in North Chili, originally started it in the late 1950's. At this time, gasoline powered lawnmowers were just becoming popular.
In the early 60's, the hardware store was sold and Mike opened "Mike Brodner's Korner". This was a family operated grocery store and butcher shop located at the corner of Buffalo and Coldwater Road. At the time, Mike's son-in-law Leo Baum started Brodner Mower. This Business relocated to its present location at Lyell and Elmgrove Road in 1966.
In 1974, Tim Baum, Leo's son, took over ownership of Brodner Mower. It continues to carry his grandfather's name as Brodner Equipment Inc. The business has grown to 12 full time and 4 part time employees. Tim is joined by family members Rick Baum, Betty (Baum) Nojeim and Dave Nojeim. Jacki Bird serves as general manager of a staff that can boast over 150 years of total experience.
Although small from the front, Brodner Equipment is the largest Honda Power Equipment and Exmark Commercial Mowing Equipment dealer in New York state. It is also the oldest and largest Arctic Cat dealer in Western New York. – less