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Brinly-Hardy Company
Founded Simpsonville, Kentucky - 1839
Headquarters Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
Industry Lawn Care Equipment
Website brinly.com

Brinly-Hardy Company is an American corporation located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Brinly-Hardy designs, manufactures and sells lawn care products including aerators, carts, lawn vac systems, dethatchers, sweepers, broadcast spreaders, sprayers, and rollers; gardening equipment such as plows, disc harrows, and cultivators and landscaping products such as rear blades and box scrapers.[1][2]

History Edit

Brinly Building

Brinly-Hardy Company Building

In 1800, John Brinly, a blacksmith in Simpsonville, Kentucky built and sold cast iron plows to Kentucky farmers.[3] In 1837, his son Thomas Brinly, designed and built one of North America’s first one-piece steel plows using a large saw blade. The new design largely replaced cast iron plows commonly used by farmers throughout the American South,[4] forcing Brinly to open manufacturing centers in numerous Southern cities.[3]

In 1859, Brinly moved the company headquarters to Louisville, Kentucky. And in 1863, he partnered with James Edward Hardy to create Brinly, Dodge and Hardy.[3] During the American Civil War, federal troops destroyed several of Brinly’s manufacturing and retail outlets throughout the South as he was a Confederate sympathizer. Rather than rebuild, the company consolidated in Louisville and grew its product line.[3][4] In 1900, the name Brinly-Hardy Company was adopted.[4] In 1902, Thomas Brinly died and James E. Hardy was named president.

Current Status Edit

Brinly Poly Cart

Brinly Poly Cart

Between 1980 and 1984, Brinly-Hardy shifted its current focus to manufacturing lawn care equipment.[5] In 1996, James E. Hardy’s great-great granddaughter,[4] Jane W. Hardy, became CEO of Brinly-Hardy Company.[6] And in 1999, the company moved its facilities across the Ohio River to Jeffersonville, Indiana to make room for Louisville Slugger field.[6] In August 2008, Brinly-Hardy acquired Spyker Spreaders,[7] manufacturers of commercial-grade broadcast spreaders and outdoor power equipment.[8]

Brinly-Hardy products are distributed and sold throughout the United States at local retailers and chain home improvement stores [2] such as Home Depot as well as online retail outlets like Amazon.

References Edit

  1. "Company Overview of Brinly-Hardy, Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved on 1 May 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Brinly-Hardy, Inc.". Inside View. Retrieved on 1 May 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Kleber, James A. (2001). The Encyclopedia of Louisville. Louisville: The University Press of Kentucky, 125. ISBN 0813121000. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Family business Beats the Odds". Farm Collector. Retrieved on 1 May 2013.
  5. "History". Brinly-Hardy, Inc.. Retrieved on 3 May 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mann, David A.. "Profile: Brinly-Hardy's Jane Hardy". American City Business Journals. Retrieved on 1 May 2013.
  7. "Mark Minatel". Zoom Information, Inc.. Retrieved on 2 May 2013.
  8. Olsen, Daniel. "Spyker Spreaders, Brinly-Hardy - Lawn Broadcast Spreader". www.better-lawn-care.com. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.

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