In 1909

George L. Barden teamed up with Roscoe J. Robeson in Penn Yan, New York, nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, to form a lucrative partnership. Little did they know, the Barden and Robeson Corporation, which started with production of spokes and hubs for wagon wheels, would become a premier corporation that would continue to flourish for generations to come.

To accommodate the rapidly growing fruit trade in the Finger Lakes region, the Barden and Robeson Corporation changed its focus to bushel baskets in 1911. Business continued to grow and by the 1920’s, wicker baby furniture was added to the company’s product line. The 1940’s brought World War II, which shifted Barden and Robeson’s focus once again. Bushel basket and furniture production were put on hold in order to assist the US government in the war effort by assembling ammunition boxes.


Today, Barden continues to operate at a steady pace with the fourth generation stepping into the forefront of the company. Rick’s son, Mark, is President, Bob Gelder’s son, Tim, is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Barden currently has a network of independent dealers throughout New York State, and parts of Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, who provide an autonomous distribution system to valued customers. In 2001, Barden delivered its 15,000th home, which was cause for celebration as a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Homer facility. In the Summer of 2006, Barden opened a brand new, state-of-the-art production Middleport, NY, replacing the Homer plant that they had outgrown.

In keeping with the ideas that were instilled by its founders, George L. Barden and Roscoe J. Robeson, the Barden & Robeson Corporation continues to be family owned, and the long line of quality, precision and tradition that were instilled over 90 years ago are still evident today. Starting as a wagon wheel parts manufacturer in a small town in upstate New York, Barden Building Products has evolved into one of the premier home material supply companies in the Northeast United States.

The Barden & Robeson Corporation
103 Kelly Ave, Middleport, NY 14105
Toll Free - 1-800.945.9400