The LEHR History
The ideas behind LEHR Incorporated were born during a series of long, cold nights spent converting gasoline engines to run on propane aboard the research vessel the Sea Surveyor at work in the North Sea. Having already used propane to power small engines on several other ships in his years at sea, Captain Bernardo Jorge Herzer CEO and founder of LEHR knew he had something. “Propane is just safer, more efficient and more reliable,” said Captain Herzer, “that’s why we used it on our ships.” Five years later, with corporate offices, and an R&D center at its “green” headquarters in Los Angeles, California, LEHR is now a groundbreaking leader in the research and development of environmentally friendly technology. “The color is actually LEHR green,” says Captain Herzer, the architect of the company’s commitment to developing products whose manufacture, usage and disposal produce the least amount of pollutants and leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. Utilizing a patented proprietary technology similar to what was developed at sea, LEHR’s first generation of lawn and garden tools is powered by propane, for home and commercial use. Fueled by the safer, cleaner and more reliable propane, LEHR products are designed to replace their gasoline burning counterparts and to stem the overflow of harmful pollutants that they produce. “We are an environmentally friendly technology company,” Captain Herzer continued, “and propane is the absolute best alternative fuel solution we’ve found so far.”
LEHR’s mission is a reflection of Captain Herzer, its founder and spiritual driving force. Commissioned to do environmental research in the North Sea, he found a barren underwater desert completely ravaged by the technology used by the commercial fishing industry. Awestruck by the power that humans have to destroy their own environment and with his first child on the way, Captain Herzer knew he had to do something.
Aboard ship, portable gasoline powered generators drive everything from air compressors to scientific test equipment to running lights. Gasoline is dangerous to use, difficult to store and the carbon monoxide fumes it produces can have a devastating effect on the well being of a ship’s crew. Galley stoves are powered by cleaner burning propane. “Why not the generators?” thought Captain Herzer. A great idea but, at the time, small generators that ran on propane were not being commercialized. Undeterred, Captain Herzer funded his own research. With desire, determination and an unwavering belief in the project, just 2 ½ years later, Captain Herzer found a way to make small, commercial engines run cleaner and more efficiently on propane. Patent applications were filed and LEHR was born.
Captain Herzer began researching potential applications for this breakthroughtechnology. Upon learning that traditional, gasoline powered lawn and garden tools, like a gas trimmer or a weed whacker produce as much as 30 times more hydrocarbons than a typical automobile in an hour of use, LEHR adjusted direction immediately and set its sights on lawn and garden tools. Inspired by the birth of his son, Captain Herzer knew this was where LEHR could make a difference by marketing better, safer, healthier and more efficient products, like a propane powered grass trimmer whose very use would have a positive impact on the environment.
By replacing traditional old technology lawn and garden tools with cleaner, greener alternatives, LEHR is helping to preserve our environment now and for future generations. “I can see, a time, in the not too distant future where all our gardens will be gasoline free,” says Captain Herzer. At LEHR…that time is now.
LEHR Incorporated (www.golehr.com) is dedicated to a cleaner planet through environmentally friendly technology. LEHR’s lawn and garden tools are powered by propane, delivering all of the performance customers expect with none of the problems and inconvenience associated with the use of gasoline-powered lawn and garden tools. The LEHR family of products utilizes a patented technology, which ensures that they are the cleanest, greenest and most reliable tools on the market today.