ABOUT LOCHARD INC.
Lochard Inc. was started by Wilson I Lochard in 1945 as Lochard Heating and Air Conditioning Co. After World War II, Wilson Lochard and his employees Urban Bensman and Richard Valentine installed the first complete home heating and air conditioning system in Sidney in a home located on Bon Air Drive.
The business in 1950 moved from the Lochard family farm on South 25A to 115 E. North Street. With the increase in available floor space, General Electric appliances were added to the line of products sold. More retail items were added over the years.
In 1963 Wilson Lochard purchased the old laundry building located at 909 Wapakoneta Ave next to Harmon Playground. The Heating and Air Conditioning department was moved to this location, where the sheet metal duct work was fabricated.
In 1964 Donald W Lochard moved back to Sidney and started to work with his father on the retail service side.
The company has continued to expand the fabrication department, with nine expansions, and in 1970 the name was changed to Lochard Inc. due to the variety of retail and contracting business.
Wilson moved from the President's position in 1980 to Chairman of the Board making Donald Lochard President.
In 1981 Wilson Lochard purchased the Stop 'N' Go building located at 903 Wapakoneta Ave that allowed him to connect the warehouse facilities and move the retail store operations from downtown Sidney to this location. The following November Lochard Inc. became a member of the Do-lt-Best- Corp, and added a hardware line to the retail operations.
In 1986 Wilson Lochard's grandson Michael W Lochard, began work in the heating and air conditioning division for the third generation and in 1997 was named Vice President, and in 2010 took the reigns as President.
Lochard Inc. today consist of a manufacturing and fabrication division, a mechanical division consisting of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing, service department for both HVAC and plumbing also retail appliance and hardware store.