Howard Berger founded The Howard Berger Company (HBC) in 1971, as many successful entrepreneurs have done... in his parent’s garage! From this humble beginning, the company grew very quickly by buying many different products that otherwise would have been discarded, fixing them up and reselling them to the local New York market. Having worked in the family hardware store as a youngster, his true love was still hardware.
Early 1970s: HBC created Guard Security Hardware, one of the first importers of locks and builders hardware. Guard quickly became an industry leader and recognized national brand name.
Mid-1970s: Howard began a long history of acquiring related businesses with the purchase of the Domestic Broom and Brush Company.
1980s: HBC made several acquisitions in the housewares market including Metropolitan Housewares Company, Nevco Housewares Company and Messina Bros. Company (professional cleaning products).
1990s: HBC turned its attention to plumbing with the acquisitions of Acme Plumbing Company, Atlantic & Pacific Plumbing Supply and SFS Corporation, leader in retail packaged plumbing product.
2005: HBC acquired Tamby Chemical Company, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly, non-toxic pest control products.
2010: HBC became a major player in the paint applicator business with the acquisition of GAM (Great American Marketing) who had been an industry leader since 1979.
2012: HBC solidified its position as the leader in security and builders hardware with the acquisition of Ultra Hardware Products.
2012: Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, made an investment in HBC to help the company continue its growth momentum, and also to help identify acquisitions that will add new customers and channels, or significantly extend existing product lines.