Lawn & Golf Supply Co. Inc. Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Spring 2017 marks the 80th
anniversary for Lawn & Golf Supply Co. Inc., one of the tri-state’s largest and most dedicated supplier of turf and power equipment to golf courses and municipalities.
Throughout 2017, Lawn & Golf will take a look back at how they got started, what they have achieved and what the future holds. This summer, an anniversary party will be held to allow customers and employees to celebrate the longevity of the company in a very unique industry.
In 1937, Joseph W. Holman, a lawn mower salesman since 1926, obtained the franchise to sell Jacobsen lawn mowers in the Philadelphia region. Operating from a one car garage on Chew Avenue in Philadelphia, Joe Holman and his newly acquired partner, George Engle, witnessed the birth of Lawn and Golf. When the U.S. became involved in WWII in 1941, Jacobsen ceased mower manufacturing and devoted its facilities to the war effort. Unable to sell mowers, Joe Holman focused on farm equipment, which was still available on a limited basis. He opened Holman and Engle in Phoenixville, PA as a John Deere farm implement dealership. When the war ended, the Chew Avenue location expanded as the area showed more demand for power mowers.
Jacobsen steadily increased its line with purchases of the Johnson homeowner mowers, and the Worthington Mower Company of Stroudsburg. Worthington was nationally known for its gang mowers and golf course tractors. They were the only manufacturer permitted to assemble mowers during the war.
During the 1950's, Lawn and Golf opened retail stores in Wilmington, DE and on Bridge Street, Phoenixville, both specializing in general hardware. In 1962, the Chew Avenue branch closed and all operations moved to the current location in Phoenixville. The farm equipment lines were dropped during this transition period and the primary focus became lawn mowers, turf equipment, fertilizer and seed.
Joseph’s sons Joseph Jr. and Robert continued to lead the company after his death in the 1980’s. Through fluctuating economies and the ever-changing technologies in the turf industry, Lawn & Golf continued to serve its customers loyally with quality equipment, experience and service.
President Robert Holman retired in 2016 and did something very unusual…he gifted all of the shares of his family business to the current employees. Free of debt, this allowed all the employees a very real investment in the company based on their tenure.
Vice President of Sales Ken Jeinnings stepped into the role of President with his 27 years of vital sales experience. Turf expert Bill Corcoran now leads the veteran sales team canvasing Eastern PA, South Jersey and Delaware. The parts division is the best in the industry for shipping in-stock parts quickly and with care. The service division ensures new equipment is assembled with attention to detail; and quickly addresses any maintenance needs from equipment in the field.
Jacobsen is still very much a part of Lawn & Golf’s history and future. Ventrac has become another top brand for Lawn & Golf. With their compact tractors, specialized mounting system and over 40 attachments, customers are enjoying the performance and versatility for so many markets.
Lawn & Golf Top Brands
Jacobsen, Ventrac, ASV, Smithco, Turfco, Redexim, Par-Aide, Standard Golf, Neary, Pro’s Choice, Ferris, Big Dog, Befco, Billy Goat, Land Pride.
Turf Markets Served
Golf Courses, Landscapers, Municipalities, Churches, Universities, Estate Owners, Parks, Sport Facilities, Shopping Malls, Tree Growers, Rental Yards, Nurseries, Airports, Horse Farms & Arenas.