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Haldeman-Homme, Inc. was founded as the W.W. Haldeman Company in 1924 dealing primarily in light material handling equipment for industry and gradually expanding to the educational, health care and institutional fields.
In 1940, Duke Haldeman entered into a partnership agreement with William R Langford and the firm became known as Haldeman-Langford.
In January of 1946, upon his return from duty as a Marine in World War II, J.E. (Jack) Homme joined the company which had a total of 4 employees. Jack directed and expanded into the architectural/contract sales group in the rapidly growing school and hospital markets.
In 1949, for the first time in company history the company entered into a manufacturing royalty agreement with Reynold Erickson of Forest Lake, Minnesota, a manufacturer of a folding wall table for use in school cafeterias. Haldeman-Langford Manufacturing Company was created to manufacture these tables. The Erickson table was distributed through a national network of dealers.
In 1950, Jack Homme became vice president and general manager of both companies. Upon retirement of W.R. Langford in 1955, the names of both corporations were changes to Haldeman-Homme, Incorporated and Haldeman-Homme Manufacturing Company.
In 1959, Duke Haldeman retired from the company and Haldeman-Homme Manufacturing Company was sold to Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. These tables are still produced and marketed by the Palmer Snyder Company today.
The company was originally headquartered on University Avenue in St Paul, Minnesota through 1962. In 1966, the company built a 14,000 square foot facility on two acres near downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The building was specifically designed to serve the company’s office and manufacturing space needs. Due to continued growth, the facility was expanded in 1969 providing in excess of 40,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and warehouse space.
In 1967, Anderson Ladd Corporation, the Midwest’s leading supplier of commercial and residential hardwood flooring and athletic flooring was acquired. Anderson-Ladd now operates as a subsidiary division of Haldeman-Homme.
In 1987, the company became 100% owned by its employees through an employee stock ownership (ESOP) plan.
In 2005, the company opened an office in Chicago serving customers throughout Illinois with athletic equipment and flooring needs.
In 2008, the company expanded operations in the south and west with offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Denver, and Salt Lake City serving health care, education, research, industrial, public and private markets. Academic Specialties, a Denver, Colorado based company with over 40 years of experience serving the construction, design professional and school markets, was acquired and all Academic Specialties staff were retained to continue its strong tradition of service in the Rocky Mountain region. The company also acquired an installation and service company based in Denver, Colorado bringing on board an experienced millwork and laboratory casework team of installers and field superintendents. The company purchased a new 11,000 square foot office and manufacturing building in Englewood, Colorado to support its clients in Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.
In 2012, Iowa Direct Equipment based in Cedar Falls, Iowa joined the Haldeman Homme team to provide local, full service design, installation and repair service to customers in Iowa and the Midwest. Iowa Direct Equipment expands Haldeman Homme’s services in Iowa and the Midwest and has a strong reputation for installation and service of capital equipment for schools, industry, sports facilities and health care.
In 2013, Academic Specialties and Haldeman Homme laboratory division staff joined forces in a 40,000 sf building purchased in Houston, Texas. The company also has offices and warehouses in Dallas, Texas and Austin, Texas to serve customers locally.
In 2014, the company acquired Hicks Ashby, a school furniture and laboratory equipment company based in Kansas City, Kansas. Hicks Ashby has served customers in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma for over 50 years and coincidentally has the same mission and culture as Haldeman Homme – “Exceeding Customer Expectations”.
Today, Haldeman Homme has over 150 employees throughout the United States. Employee turnover is very low reflecting the founders dedication to customer service, quality product, financial strength and continuity through employee ownership.