Bane-Clene: 50 Years and Counting
It is not often that a company reaches 50 years in any industry, and I am honored to be writing about Bane-Clene and its founder, Bill Bane, Sr., a true pioneer of our trade. Bane-Clene’s humble beginning was Feb. 4, 1962 when a 13-year-old Bill Bane Jr. cleaned the office of Dr. James P. Leeds. The $10 he earned that morning would help with his tuition at the expensive prep school he planned to attend in the fall. According to Bill Sr., Bill Jr. did such a good job that colleagues of Dr. Leeds asked him to clean his offices regularly, and the little part-time job soon grew into a full-time business.
In December 1964, Bill Bane, Sr. left his job at Brink’s Armored Car Service to join the company full-time. The business was incorporated in 1966. Youngest son Don became a full-time employee after graduation, and Elizabeth Bane left her job as an optometric assistant to be a full-time employee in 1971. The family has been together in this thriving business ever since.