Previous owners claim Bloomington Tent & Awning Inc. originated in 1890. Documents (mainly phone directories) date the company to 1895. Using the phone directories, the 101 year history reveals that the company has had only two names, five locations, eight owners and has been operated by six families. The longest being the Condon family from 1941 to 2002. The following is a brief history of the company.
The first documented existence of an awning company in Bloomington dates to 1895. A phone directory lists William H. Plumley as an awning manufacturer living at 502 South Evans Street. No business address is given, so one might assume he was working from his residence. In 1897 D.K. Plumley & Son (the son being William H.) moved to 614 North Main Street and are listed as awning manufacturers.
The first reference of the Bloomington Tent & Awning Co. is in a 1902 city directory. That year (1902), Bloomington Tent & Awning Co. and its proprietor Alvah D. Benjamin are listed as SUCCESSOR TO PLUMLEY AWNING CO. The new business address is 221 East Front Street. Benjamin is listed as owner through the 1924 directory.
In a 1926 phone directory William H. Hunter is listed as president of the Bloomington Tent & Awning Co. with a new location of 403 North East Street.
The 1928 directory shows James J. (Bo) Butler is now owner. He has merged with Shaw Co. (probably another tent and awning concern) and retains the name Bloomington Tent & Awning Co.
In 1941 David A. (Bud) Condon purchased the business and operates it until 1948 when he sells it to his son-in-law Gerry Bradley. In 1957 Gerry moved the business to its current location at 226 East Market Street. In 1998 Mr. Bradley sold the business to his daughter Margaret Lehman but remained with the company through 2005 to insure its operation.
In July of 2002 Matt Hagerty purchased the business and incorporated it as Bloomington Tent & Awning Inc. Mr. Hagerty's association with the company dates to 1979 when he was hired as an installer.
Employees play an important role in any business. The current staff of five enployees has over 70 years of experience in the tent and awning industry. All of our employees are provided extensive training to insure that every tent and awning installation is of the highest quality. We also welome our customers feedback to guarantee that all tent and awning installations exceed expectations.