Our Founder, Jay Lehman
Jay Lehman is a man of integrity and dignity. Raised in the small, farm community of Kidron, OH he has since traveled the world, been the subject of university case studies, appeared in too many books and articles to count, and attends Kidron Mennonite Church like clock-work, every Sunday morning, with his wife Emma.
Jay founded Lehman's in 1955 to serve the local Amish community with non-electric products so they could maintain their way of life. After all, if there are no butter churns, then no one is churning butter
He believes deeply in a simpler life - one that is satisfying, understandable, sustainable and comforting. So he stocked his small-town hardware with products families and friends could enjoy together - along with good, old-fashioned hard work
A man of few words, when asked if he ever thought Lehman's would grow into an international company, shipping product all over the world via a catalog, web site and retail store, he answered "Nope."
The secret to his success says Jay is "luck and timing - being in the right place at the right time and willing to take reasonable risks." He also believes in giving back to the community with 10% of pre-tax profits supporting organization all over the world. See Lehmans.com/giving for details.n
For more insight in The Most Interesting Man in Amish Country, read this blog by Galen, Jay's son and CEO of Lehman's