Budd Enterprises has been involved in the evolution of transportation,
from wagon to truck.
Louis Schramm Sr. came to the United States alone as a 16 year old around 1875. He worked and saved his money. Eventually he had saved enough to buy a horse and wagon for the purpose of hauling coal in the Chelsea district. He named his growing business Chelsea Fireproof Storage Warehouses, with a location at 426 W 26th Street. People began to ask him to move their households. He got requests for moves to PA, NJ, and CT. He could not make money without doing return trips, so he contacted people in those locations and successfully set up return trips. The drive and entrepreneurial spirit that Louis Schramm Sr. exhibited was passed down through the generations of his family.
As the moving of household goods became a large part of his business, Louis Schramm Sr. became a founder of Allied Van Lines. It became the top moving company in the country. His three sons worked with him; Louis Jr., Frederick, and Ray. Louis Schramm Jr. later became president of Allied. He remained president for 10 years until his death.
Chelsea Warehouses remained in the family until it was sold in 1978.
The son of Louis Schramm Jr., Louis C. Schramm (Bud), carried on the trucking tradition. He
formed Budd Enterprises, Ltd., with his wife, Nadine Schramm in 1979. Both have taken great
pride in the entrepreneurial skills taught to them by their descendants.
Budd passed away in 1990. At that time, Nadine closed her business and became president of Budd Enterprises. Since then, she has increased the size of the fleet from 7 vehicles to 82. Additionally, Nadine founded Budd Leasing, Ltd., to meet the growing needs of the movie and television industries in the New York metropolitan area. Keeping customer satisfaction as a main priority, both companies have had long-standing, loyal relationships with their clients.