Bill Schaal, Co-founder 

Bill began his transportation career in the United States Navy motor pool. Following the end of his tour of duty he joined the team at Herrmann Transportation. Herrmann provided cartage services to Dixie-Ohio. During his time at Herrmann,  Bill served in all facets of the operation including dispatcher, dock foreman, and driver.  In 1969, Bill and a partner purchased Hardinger Transfer Company.  The original company, born in the late eighteen hundreds, was a one horse, one man local delivery service.  Since that time Bill has acquired controlling interest in the organization and is leading the Team Hardinger into the future.

  Company History

2015    -Harold "H." Bender becomes sole owner

            -Team Hardinger opens 180,000 square feet warehouse on W. 23rd Street in Erie

2014    -Inventory accuracy hits 99.9% due to process improvement and technology

2013    -Region's first and largest public Foreign Trade Zone launched with 150,000 square feet in East Erie and 120,000 square feet in Grove City, PA

-Implementation of a Tier 1 warehouse management system at East Erie and Grove City warehouses and Integration Point U.S. Customs compliance software

-Truckload brokerage subsidiary, Hardinger Logistics, LLC launched

-Paint booth upgraded to include forced-cure and electrostatic gun use, improving both quality and efficiency, and drastically increasing capacity

2012   -Transportation technology upgraded to industry-leading transportation dispatch software

-Fleet trucks upgraded with in-cab GPS units and company commitment to E-logs as part of safety initiative

           -H. Bender signs on as part-owner

2009   -C-TPAT and Smartway certifications obtained

2008   -H. Bender becomes General Manager

2007   -Grove City warehouse built with 120,000 square feet and value-added services

2004   -Value-added services now include export packaging and crating, 3,000 square foot industrial paint booth added

2002    -William "Bill" Schaal, Sr. assumes controlling interest of the company with a renewed focus on excellence in customer service

            -Second Erie site opened at 3106 McCain Avenue with 150,000 square feet.

2000    -80,000 square feet food grade facility built adjacent to the W. 18th Street Erie location.

1990's -Hardinger Transfer begins doing business as Team Hardinger, recognizing that success will only come through the efforts of the entire team

1980’s -Transportation services offered nation-wide

1970’s -Midwest and Eastern regional transportation routes expanded


1969   -Bill Schaal, Sr., and a partner purchase Hardinger Transfer Company, a one-truck operation