We tell people that HFS now stands for Honest Friendly Service. While HFS Tractor Sales and Service has undoubtedly always embodied these qualities, it got its start as a home furnishing store when Harold Widdis built it in Baroda 58 years ago.
In 1966, the business 'took it outside', undergoing a transformation to HFS Tractor with the addition of equipment. A remodel in 1971 completed this transformation with a new focus on farm equipment and secondarily on lawn and garden equipment.
1972 saw a partnership formed between Harold Widdis, his son Bob and Bob's brother-in-law Larry Klug. This partnership was a successful one and in 1986, a second store was opened in Niles headed up by Larry.
Today, Larry is back in Baroda taking care of a major aspect of HFS -service. Bob and Caroline work side by side at the Baroda store which has again had a shift in focus - this time primarily lawn and garden equipment and secondarily farm equipment.
A dedicated family network is the glue of HFS, the Niles store is now managed by Bob and Caroline's son Rick. Larry and Caroline are brother and sister. Their extended family includes the HFS team as well. Dennis Zeiger, a valuable resource on farm experience, has been with HFS for over 15 years and works largely out of the Niles Location.
The growth and continued success of HFS would not be possible without these and all of the team members who provide the hometown service and courtesy that HFS is known for.