Donaldsonville company recognized for 180 years of service

Staff Report
L to R: Robert Lemann, Jr., Ascension Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa, Ascension Parish Councilman Bill Dawson, and Charles Lemann, Jr. Photo by Ascension Parish Government

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 as Lemann’s Day in Ascension Parish in honor of the Donaldsonville family-owned company’s 180 years of service to the community.

President Matassa presented the parish proclamation to fifth-generation family member Charles Lemann, Jr. and sixth-generation family member Robert Lemann, Jr. at the Ascension Parish Council meeting in Donaldsonville on Sept. 1.

Lemann’s began in 1836 when Jacob Lemann, a peddler, arrived from Germany and settled in Donaldsonville (the area of south Louisiana was then known as the German Coast). Fluent in several languages, Lemann became a merchant at the same location of Mississippi Street and Railroad Avenue where Lemann’s is located today.

Lemann’s has grown to be a successful company offering agricultural services including tractors, farm tools, and implements. They have retained the distinction of being the second oldest International Harvester dealer in the United States.