First Generation: C. B. HOOBER FARM EQUIPMENT 1941 - Charles B. (Bud) Hoober signed an agreement to sell International Harvester farm equipment in Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Starting a business the same year that the United States entered World War II proved to be quite a challenge, but from the very start, Bud established the values of Integrity, Customer Service, and Teamwork as the cornerstones of the business that live on today.
1951 - Hoober’s first expansion occurred when Bud moved the business across the street and built a new building on the site of Hoober’s current headquarters in Intercourse, PA.”
Second Generation: C. B. HOOBER & SON FARM EQUIPMENT 1965 - C. B. Hoober & Son Farm Equipment was formed in 1965, when Bud Hoober took his son, Charles Jr., (Charlie) as a partner.
During this same time Charlie and his wife Sally began raising their family. Their children, Chuck and Scott and Lauri, grew up around the shop and developed an appreciation for the business and for the agriculture industry. This too was the time C.B.’s grandson, Brad Hershey, was born and raised as part of a local farm family. After college, Chuck, Scott & Brad, each chose Hoober as their career and have taken positions of leadership and ownership in the family business.
Sally Hoober became part of the business as she and Charlie raised their family and juggled the many responsibilities of business leadership and family. Sally provided administrative leadership to the business and was an integral part of the company’s management team for many years.
In the early sixties, IH dealerships in Gap, Honeybrook and other small towns in Eastern Lancaster and Chester Counties went out of business. This opened up other markets and C. B. Hoober & Son chose to expand its territory to include areas of Chester County.
While technology revolutionized American farming practices in the early 1970's, government policies opened up world markets to U.S. agricultural products. As farmers expanded their operations to meet the unprecedented demand, they needed larger and more dependable power & tillage equipment.
1975 - C. B. Hoober & Son set their sights on “Big Farm Power & Equipment” to meet the needs of the increasing size of eastern farmers. They signed contracts to be the sole dealer for Steiger tractors and Krause tillage equipment in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
C. B. HOOBER & SON, INC. and HOOBER EQUIPMENT INC
1975 - In order to tap the Eastern Shore market for 4-wheel drive tractors and large tillage equipment, the partnership purchased a tract of land in Sudlersville, Maryland. So that they could better manage the expected growth this action would generate, the business was incorporated under the name of C. B. Hoober & Son, Inc. in 1975.
1976 - Daryl Peifer (C.B.’s son-in-law / Charlie’s brother-in-law), joined CB Hoober & Son as manager of the Sudlersville store and went on to hold several key management and leadership positions over the years.
1977 - IH introduced its revolutionary Axial Flow rotary combines. Eastern grain operators recognized the benefits of the simple rotary design backed by Hoober’s service. By 1980 C.B. Hoober & Son, Inc. became a major force in the eastern combine market.
1979 - C.B. Hoober semi-retired and his son, Charles Jr., became president.
During this same time period, C.B. Hoober & Son, Inc. added 2 additional key product lines to meet the needs of eastern farmers – adding Great Plains grain drills in 1979, and D.M.I deep tillage machines in 1982.
1982 - In an effort to diversify and expand its concentration, Hoober purchased White Brothers Supply Co., an IH dealer in Middletown, Delaware. Hoober also closed the Sudlersville, MD location and consolidated the two businesses at the Middletown location as Hoober Equipment, Inc. (a subsidiary of C.B. Hoober & Son, Inc.).
Third Generation: HOOBER, INC.
1985 - Bradley Hershey, Charlie’s nephew and grandson of C.B. Hoober, joined Hoober Equipment in 1985. In 1986 Charlie Hoober’s son, Chuck, joined after graduating from Messiah College. He began his employment as a salesman and became manager of the Middletown store in 1989. Charlie’s other son, Scott Hoober, joined the company as a salesman in 1991, became the Service Manager in Middletown in 2000, and became the Middletown Store Manager in 2008.
1996 - C.B. Hoober & Son, Inc. purchased the assets of Inch Equipment in McAlisterville, PA. This move provided Hoober with a physical presence in the Central Pennsylvania marketplace. Brad Hershey moved from Middletown, DE to McAlisterville, PA to manage the new location.
1998 - Satisfying a long-held desire for a common identification for all its sites, C.B. Hoober & Son, Inc. and Hoober Equipment, Inc. were consolidated and named Hoober, Inc. on January 1, 1998
2002- Hoober, Inc. purchased the equipment division of Tull Brothers in Seaford, DE. This purchase enabled Hoober, Inc. to better service the equipment needs of farmers in the southern Delaware and Maryland area
2011 - Hoober acquired Carlisle Equipment/Chambersburg Farm Service in Chambersburg, PA. This acquisition further expanded Hoober’s presence in South Central Pennsylvania.
2012 - Chuck and Scott invited Rod Lefever, their brother-in-law (married to their sister Lauri), to join Hoober, Inc. Today Scott, Rod, and Chuck are helping provide the third generation of strategic and operational leadership to Hoober
2012 - Hoober, Inc. acquired the assets of Leatherbury Equipment Co, in Cheriton, VA and moved the dealership to a new facility in Pocomoke, MD in January 2013 where it continues to operate as a parts and service facility. With this acquisition, Hoober became the authorized Case IH Ag Dealer for the entire Delmarva Peninsula.
2013 - Hoober’s territory was further expanded to include all of Maryland and much of Virginia through the asset acquisition of Cavalier International in Ashland, VA and Wakefield, VA, and the acquisition of the agriculture dealership assets of H.B. Duvall in Frederick, MD. These acquisitions advanced Hoober’s vision to be the preferred agricultural equipment dealer throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
2015 – In an effort to better serve the growing needs of mid-Atlantic farmers, 2 locations moved to larger, more modern facilities. The McAlisterville, PA location moved to Mifflintown, PA and the Frederick, MD location moved to New Windsor, MD
2018 – Anticipating the strategic and capital resources needed to move the business forward into future generations, Hoober, Inc. implemented 2 key changes:
A board of directors was formed which now includes Chuck Hoober, Scott Hoober, Lauri Lefever, Roger Moyer, David Griffith (board chair), and Don Mikes.
In June 2018, Don Mikes was hired as the company’s president and Chief Executive Officer. Don comes from a successful career with Penske Truck Rental and Leasing where he held several key senior management positions. Working closely with the third Hoober generation and each of the stores, Don’s passion and vision will be critical in molding and shaping the future success of Hoober, Inc.
A History of strong non-family managers and employees
Hoober’s history would be very incomplete without acknowledging the critical role and contribution of our valued employees. Since 1941, many individuals have joined the Hoober team, and it is because of the collective efforts of the team that Hoober has enjoyed success and become the company it is today. Too numerous to give proper credit to everyone, we wish to call out special appreciation to Tom Yohe, Dick Bomberger and Clarence Lefever who provided many years of leadership to Hoober as they worked alongside Charlie, Sally, and Daryl during the formative years. We would also like to recognize the current leadership team, the management team at each of our store locations and to each of our co-workers that make up the Hoober team.