B & L Sales
A Family Dream - An American Success

     In November of 1949 Ted Berger and Peter Lekas, hence B & L Sales, started in business as an Auto Polish distributor for Maryland and Delaware. To use the phrase “humble beginnings” is an understatement; working out of a two-car garage with no heat and no electricity, the foundations were laid for what would become one of the oldest and largest suppliers of Automotive Chemicals, Paint and Equipment in the Mid-Atlantic area.
     In 1952 Ted Berger left B & L Sales to start a similar business in Florida.  Thus, the business began a 59 year “family affair” serving literally thousands of businesses throughout Maryland, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia.
     After receiving a degree in Psychology from Loyola College and serving as a Marine Corps Officer, Jim entered the business in 1958. Through good and bad economic times, B & L Sales continued to grow with a philosophy of honesty and trust, volume pricing, innovative products, improved customer productivity and unsurpassed technical support and reliability.
     Enter the second generation - After earning a business degree and having an All-American lacrosse career at Towson State University, Mitch joined the firm in 1976. Tom, having graduated from Loyola College with a degree in marketing, joined the firm in 1978.
     But of course the B & L Sales family extends well beyond the Lekas family. It extends to Ashby White, our warehouse manager, and to Jeff Freeman and Mike Davis, who together have handled the many concerns of marketing, sales and customer satisfaction. These three individuals have over 20 years of service with B & L Sales. Our office is very efficiently staffed by Chuck Lohrfink, Susan Davidson and Charles Rosenthal. The success that B & L Sales has enjoyed is a direct result of our employee partnership and the efforts of the many others who have served over the years.
     And the family extends further; to all the loyal customers without whom there would be no B & L Sales.
With respect for the past and great appreciation of our entire “family,”
We look forward to the next 60 years.
PS: We are BASF’S oldest (since 1958), exclusive and most reliable distributor.


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