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NKY Business Celebrates 75 Years, Partners with Local Charity

“I’ll just build them myself,” William “Bill” Hagedorn proudly exclaimed in 1941. 

The Northern Kentucky entrepreneur started his business by sharpening lawn mower blades as a side job to help pay the bills while being the milkman in Erlanger. Fast forward to the start of World War II. The Maytag Company stopped building washing machines because the United States Armed Forces need pistons built for the B-17 bomber. Being the consummate entrepreneur, Bill Hagedorn started buying Maytag washing machine parts and would build Maytag washing machines himself. That’s where Hagedorn Appliances began 75 years ago.

After 75 years in business serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities, Hagedorn Appliances has changed ownership a total of three times. However, Hagedorn Appliances has always kept the company in the Hagedorn family. From Bill’s son Jay Hagedorn to Jay’s son-in-law Tony Terlau to current owner and Tony’s nephew, Rich Kopser, one thing that has not changed is its commitment to customer service.

“When it comes to customer service our staff has always been more experienced than any of our competitors. Our sales team has over 170 years experience combined in the appliance industry and 160 combined years experience for service," said Kopser, president of Hagedorn Appliances.

To kick off the 75th anniversary celebration, Hagedorn Appliainces will have special savings going on the entire month of April for their customers. In addition, the company will be giving away a $750 Hagedorn gift card to one lucky individual that may be used for anything in the store.

Giving back is also something important to Hagedorn Appliances, so during the week of April 23-30, Hagedorn Appliances will donate a portion of every purchase to the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. 

“We are very excited about the partnership opportunity with Hagedorn. It will be a privilege to be part of Hagedorn’s 75th anniversary. We are grateful to be the recipients of their generosity," said Bob Wilson, Executive Director Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home.

Hagedorn Appliances is located in Erlanger.

- Staff report/Photo provided