Warehouse Associates (WHA) has been a community landmark in Lima for more than 90 years. It began as the Garford Motor Company of Elyria, Ohio, in conjunction with the Studebaker Company of South Bend, Indiana. It was in 1923 that Garford introduced a special, 25-29 passenger bus framework which directed a group of local businessmen to merge with Garford and form the Superior Motor Coach Body Company. This was the birth of the Kibby Street facility.

1916 Garford Truck

As the Superior Motor Coach Body Company grew, hearses and ambulances were added to their product offering. The Superior Coach Company was acquired by Sheller Globe in 1969, and experienced significant growth with the addition of new buildings throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. The last building to be constructed, building 6, was finished in the mid-1970s and is where our gala takes place. While the hearse and bus divisions were sold by Sheller Globe in 1981, the Accubuilt operation still remains in Lima on Central Point Parkway.


The Kibby Street property was eventually sold to three businessmen in 1988 who then founded Warehouse Associates. WHA works closely with the Allen County Economic Development Group and local realtors to offer industrial and commercial space to companies interested in coming to Allen County. Dannon Yogurt in Minster, Ohio, and PPG Industries out of Delaware, Ohio, are currently WHA’s largest warehousing customers.

Chemical engineer Mark Schmieder joined WHA in 2004 as President and General Manager and is excited to support the Lima Memorial Foundation as it embarks on its 2017 Journey for the Heart.

“As most people drive by, they don't realize that our site is 27 acres with over 500,000 square feet (11 acres) under roof.  We are excited to have an opportunity to show our site to so many people in the community during this important event.”  WHA is a local resource for startups, companies that are expanding and anyone else who needs commercial, retail or industrial space or warehousing services.  Having such a large, secure facility this close to I-75 makes WHA an asset to local businesses and anyone considering locating to the area.

 “Warehouse Associates appreciates the opportunity to host this important fundraiser and is looking forward to being able to participate in making Journey for the Heart a success,” said Schmieder

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