Lansing-area Businesses Have History

From education and fashion to early automobiles and health care, these businesses in the Greater Lansing region have stood the test of time.

74 years: Builders’ Hardware Co. was founded in 1946 by two brothers, Edward Hertel and Crawford Hertel, after they returned from World War II. It was located in East Lansing but moved to REO Town in Lansing in 2019.

81 years: Hedlund Plumbing was founded in 1939 by Einar Hedlund while working out of his residence on Michigan Avenue in Lansing. 

81 years: Hedlund Plumbing was founded in 1939 by Einar Hedlund while working out of his residence on Michigan Avenue in Lansing. 

91 years: Formed in 1929, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra is in its 91st season, continuing to reach audiences on a personal level.

91 years: First organized by Michigan State University faculty in 1929 as the State College Club, the University Club has a long and distinguished history of serving the university mission.

103 years: Linn & Owen, established in 1917, is Lansing’s oldest family-owned-and-operated jeweler located in the heart of downtown.

103 years: Auto-Owners was founded by Vern Moulton in in Mount Pleasant, who moved the company to Lansing in 1917.

105 years: Maurer’s Sanitary Cleaners opened in 1915 as Sanitary Cleaners and renamed Maurer’s Sanitary Cleaners in the 1950s.

107 years: McLaren has been providing health care to the region since 1913, when a 10-bed county facility opened its doors to care for tuberculosis patients.

112 years: Lansing Country Club was founded in 1908 by a group of 17 men who leased the land and the soon-to-be built “locker house” from local developer J.H. Moores.

155 years: Kositchek’s Menswear was started in 1865 by Henry Kositchek in Eaton Rapids and moved to its present downtown Lansing location in the late 1800s.

165 years: The Michigan Agriculture College in East Lansing and the Michigan Female College opened in 1855. They would ultimately combine to become Michigan State University.

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