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The Valley Bids Farewell to Neidengard’s

From Warren Scott at the Herald-Star:

John and Kim Neidengard said preparing for the Feb. 27 closing of their 115-year-old family business is a bittersweet experience.

After selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related gear to hundreds of area residents, they are looking forward to spending more time riding together on the road and visiting their adult children and grandchildren.

But the couple of 23 years said they will miss seeing their regular customers, working with others to organize poker runs that have raised thousands for charity and carrying on a legacy culminating in the state’s oldest family-owned Harley-Davidson dealership.

Kim admitted she became a motorcycle fan after meeting John 28 years ago, noting his love of cycling started at an early age.

I worked here probably since I was 12,” said John, who noted it was common for children in family-run businesses to help out “as soon as you were old enough.As soon as I graduated from high school, I went to full time,” he said, adding he never thought of doing anything else.

John said in that regard, he was much like his father, John F., who had worked for his father, G.H. Neidengard, a machinist who opened the family’s first motorcycle shop at 137 South Third, Steubenville.

John said G.H. was a friend of the first Steubenville man to own a motorcycle and quickly fell in love with them. Early motorcycles were little more than bicycles with motors, noted John, but they offered low-cost transportation at a time before Henry Ford’s Model T made automobiles affordable to most people.

The Chamber would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the Neidengards for their many years of support and for representing the Jefferson County business community with passion, professionalism and care. They will be missed and remembered.

To read the full article, please click here. For WTOV9’s coverage, please click here. Visit Neidengard’s website here.

Deadline Approaching to Order! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Gyro Sale

The Greek Fest may have not happened this year but there’s still time to get your fix of Holy Trinity’s delicious menu. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 3rd, 10am – 1pm and see the ordering details below. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is located at 300 South 4th Street in downtown Steubenville.

Gyro Sale
$7.00 each
Phone orders: 740.282.9835 – Fax orders: 740.282.2091 – Online orders: www.holytrinitygreekfest.com

Free delivery on orders of four or more gyros. Please allow 20 minutes when placing orders.

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Saluting Our Local Manufacturers on National Manufacturing Day

October is National Manufacturing Month and it kicks off today, which is National Manufacturing Day. The Chamber and Jefferson County have a great deal to celebrate in this business segment, many of which are considered “hidden gems” of commerce that local residents are not even aware of. Here’s a list of Chamber member manufacturers who produce and ship products, in many cases not just locally, but also for the global market. We’re grateful for their ongoing contributions and legacy.

Click on any name to learn more at their website:

Wal-Mart Distribution Center #7017

BONUS: Check out this 2017 video from the Annual Dinner Meeting,
celebrating manufacturing in our area!

Hats Off to Hauser’s Furniture!

The Chamber would like to congratulate Hauser Furniture Company, Inc. on giving the Ohio Valley its all for the past 75 years.

“The 75th year is, without a doubt, a true milestone,” Martin Hauser, owner, told us. “I am very grateful at being the caretaker for this momentous year.”

Martin’s father and uncle began the family business after returning from the European theater at the conclusion of World War II.

“Although my Uncle Sid only lived into his early 40s, he and my father, Paul, set things in place for the business’ success,” Martin said. “I have merely continued to ‘carry the torch.'”

Martin joined the business at 13 years old, during which time he was taught the fundamentals of the operation.

“Foremost in my tutoring was a devotion to customer service,” he recalled. “Frankly, in a small town, a business will only survive a short time without positive word of mouth. All of the advertising and merchandise and good pricing will only go so far.”

Martin has been devoted to Hauser’s success for over 55 years. During that time, he said he’s met and developed some wonderful, valued relationships with countless numbers of Ohio Valley customers. “The ‘buy/sell’ aspect is fundamental to the financial success. But, even more so, the interpersonal relationships that develop are what make the business flourish. That’s what drives a person to open the doors every day.”

Thank you to Marty and his entire crew at Hauser’s Furniture, for being a sterling example of the best that Jefferson County has to offer. We look forward to the next 75 years!

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