2019 marked the 60th anniversary of Brodner Equipment. Mike Brodner and Leo Baum, behind Brodner's Hardware in North Chili, originally started the business 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, Michael 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.