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RDO Equipment Co. Announces “Agriculture Technology” Podcast Now Available on iTunes

RDO Equipment Co. Announces “Agriculture Technology” Podcast Now Available on iTunes

RDO Equipment Co. announces the launch of its new podcast, “Agriculture Technology,” that discusses the latest products, services, and technologies in the agriculture industry.

The podcast is available for listeners on iTunes, Soundcloud, or any mobile podcasting app. Topics such as John Deere’s Harvest Mobile App and John Deere’s 9R Series tractors are among the first covered. Future...

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Community Builder Program

Community Builder Program

The unique program, launched in July 2015, is designed to support charitable organizations R.D. Offutt Company and RDO Equipment Co. team members work with, while building vibrant and prosperous communities in which we live and work.

The Community Builder program features an opportunity for team members who have a strong history and ongoing engagement with a charitable organization in...

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Hayward Participates in Health and Safety Fair

The Hayward store participated in the annual Health and Safety Fair organized by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) for their employees. Last year’s event had more than 400 park employees in attendance.

Team members Frank Gouveia, CSA; Brandon Kyse, General Manager; and Diane Johnson, Sales Coordinator, were onsite for the event. Their booth featured a Vermeer chipper and stump...

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February 11, 2016  |  Category: Events

Redfield Team Helps Deliver for Meals on Wheels

Redfield Team Helps Deliver for Meals on Wheels

Since August 2015, the Redfield team has been delivering meals for their local senior nutrition program. One week a month, they deliver the meals to Redfield seniors. Team members who are able to deliver the meals that week take a shift.

“The senior nutrition program has told us how grateful they are for our continued help as they have...

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RDO Equipment Co. Breaks Ground at Newest Location in Chandler

RDO Equipment Co. Breaks Ground at Newest Location in Chandler

Construction has started at RDO Equipment Co.’s second location in the Phoenix-area. On January 29, team members gathered for an informal groundbreaking ceremony. The new store is located on Interstate 10, south of the 202, and is expected to open in early 2017.

Like the current RDO Equipment Co. location in central Phoenix, this new location will sell and support John Deere construction...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Partnership with Vermeer Equipment Holdings Pty. Ltd.

RDO Equipment Co. announces that they have partnered with Vermeer Equipment Holdings Pty. Ltd. and acquired 50% interest in five Vermeer locations in Eastern Australia.

Vermeer Equipment Holdings Pty. Ltd. (VEH) is the dedicated Vermeer dealer for all Eastern Australia states plus Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island nations. VEH is headquartered in Brisbane, with additional...

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Pasco’s Customer Appreciation Dinner

Pasco’s Customer Appreciation Dinner

In early December, the Pasco team hosted their annual customer appreciation dinner. The event had a great turnout, with more than 400 customers in attendance.

For the second year, the store had the Kennewick FFA chapter help by greeting customers, serving food, and clearing tables.

The store organized a silent auction at the event, with all proceeds benefitting the FFA club. The...

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Williston’s Caps for Cans Drive

Williston’s Caps for Cans Drive

In December 2015, RDO Williston completed a “Caps for Cans” Drive where employees and customers were able to bring in at least four non-perishable goods and receive an RDO Equipment Co. hat in exchange.

The proceeds raised were to be donated to Salvation Army in Williston. The Williston team worked closely with the Salvation Army to arrange the fundraiser. 

The Williston store donated...

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Minot Service Technician Testing for Vermeer Master Technician Certification

Mike Pelletier has been a Vermeer Service Technician in Minot for nearly five years. He is currently testing for his Vermeer Master Technician Certification. He has completed and passed the written portion of the test, which consisted of three timed exams focused on three different equipment groups. For each exam, he had to achieve an 80% or higher in order to receive credit and progress...

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Washburn Hosts Open House Event

On Thursday December 4th, the Washburn store hosted an Open House event to showcase the new facility. Local customers and vendors were invited to visit the store throughout the day. A meal of prime rib, baked potato, and all the fixings was served to more than 250 people.

Mark DeMay and Andrew Week of John Deere presented Store Manager Chad Richter with a portrait of Deere & Company...

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January 11, 2016  |  Category: Events
“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Stores this Holiday Season

“Caps for Cans” Big Success for Several Stores this Holiday Season

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, several RDO Equipment Co. MWCE and MWAG locations conducted a food drive called “Caps for Cans.” The concept was simple – a customer receives a special RDO Equipment Co. cap for every four items donated to the food drive. This idea started back in 2013 in Bozeman, MT and has continued ever since.

For many stores, the food drives...

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Lakeside’s Food and Toy Drives

Lakeside’s Food and Toy Drives

In November, the Lakeside team organized a food drive in their store. They delivered the food to the Fraternal Order of Eagles as part of their “People Helping Pantries” program.

“We had great participation throughout the store. Our team took great pride in reaching our goal of filling large collection boxes we had in both the main lobby and Parts Department,” commented Mike Fenton,...

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RDO Equipment Co. & R.D. Offutt Company Announce Recipients of Community Builder Program Grants

RDO Equipment Co. & R.D. Offutt Company Announce Recipients of Community Builder Program Grants

FARGO, N.D., December 21, 2015: Fargo, N.D. based companies RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company announce that five charitable organizations have been named recipients of their Community Builder grant program.

Launched in summer 2015, the companies’ Community Builder program is designed to support the charitable organizations team members work with, while building vibrant and...

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RDO Integrated Controls Receives Awards at Annual Topcon Event

RDO Integrated Controls Receives Awards at Annual Topcon Event

RDO Integrated Controls Receives Awards at Annual Topcon Event

Topcon Xperience, the manufacturer’s annual sales meeting for their global business, was held in Austin November 3-6. The event is Topcon’s annual training and showcase of new technology that will be coming to market in the next year. 

Several RDO Integrated Controls team members attended and the team was the recipient of...

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December 11, 2015  |  Category: Awards

Meet the Expert: Motor Grade Event Held in SWCE

Meet the Expert: Motor Grade Event Held in SWCE

As a way to demonstrate the company’s commitment to customers’ motor grader business, the SWCE team invited customers to an event that featured Mark Johnson, John Deere Motor Grader Expert. RDO Equipment Co. and RDO Integrated Controls teams organized the exclusive Meet the Expert event which demonstrated and discussed how customers can...

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December 9, 2015  |  Category: Events

Washburn FFA Chapter Visits Store

Washburn FFA Chapter Visits Store

In late October, the Washburn store had the pleasure of their local FFA chapter visiting and touring the grounds. Store Manager Chad Richter along with Hazen Store Manager David Ripplinger took the students around into the shop area and wash bay. Both Store Managers made it a point to explain how shop safety is a very important part of the job. The next...

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Tucson Participates in Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Event

Tucson Participates in Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Event

Tucson Participates in Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Event

On November 5 and 6, the Tucson store participated in the Annual Southern Arizona Construction Career Days. More than 1,000 students attended this event from 27 high schools.

The event aims to increase students’ awareness in the construction and related industries. This helps increase and enhance job placement in...

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Burnsville – CE Gets Involved with Day of the Dozers Event

Burnsville – CE Gets Involved with Day of the Dozers Event

Burnsville – CE Gets Involved with Day of the Dozers Event

In early October, the Burnsville – CE store participated in the third annual Day of the Dozers. This event raises money for the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota and gives young children an awareness of the construction industry. Scott Weness, Sales Manager, served on the planning committee for the event.

Attendees of all ages...

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Community Time Spent Cleaning Up California Wetlands

Community Time Spent Cleaning Up California Wetlands

Community Time Spent Cleaning Up California Wetlands

A total of 31 Community Time hours were spent cleaning up one of California’s few remaining wetlands. Six members of the Rancho Dominguez and Fontana stores volunteered to assist at the Gardena Willows Wetlands, which is nine acres of willows that provide habitat for insects, amphibians, and more than 32 species of birds.

The request...

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Rochester Supports and Participates in Muddy Warrior Race

Rochester Supports and Participates in Muddy Warrior Race

A Rochester customer, Elcor Construction, served as the director for this year’s Muddy Warrior Race, which is put on to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation and a weekend retreat they host to help our veterans. Elcor Construction reached out to the Rochester store team to consider being a corporate sponsor for the race....

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Webster Strengthens Partnership with Local FFA Chapter

Webster Strengthens Partnership with Local FFA Chapter

Webster Strengthens Partnership with Local FFA Chapter

The Webster store has been a longtime supporter of the Webster FFA program and recently, was able to show them just how much support RDO Equipment Co. can offer.

The Webster FFA is unique in a way that they actually have their own farm for the students to operate. This year the group had 40 acres of soybeans that they planted and...

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Flagstaff and Prescott Host Customer Open House Events

Flagstaff and Prescott Host Customer Open House Events

Flagstaff and Prescott Host Customer Open House Events

The Prescott and Flagstaff locations held customer engagement open house events on September 17th and 18th.  The events were very successful with 150 customers attending. Customers enjoyed lunch and one lucky Flagstaff customer, Clint Bleeker of The Landscape Connection, had the winning ticket for a Liberty Safe that was given away....

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November 23, 2015  |  Category: Events
Construction, Integrated Controls, and Vermeer Divisions Impress at Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo

Construction, Integrated Controls, and Vermeer Divisions Impress at Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo

Construction, Integrated Controls, and Vermeer Divisions Impress at Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo

In early October, several Minnesota Construction store participated in the Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo. This is an annual equipment show in which RDO Equipment Co. has been participating in since 1995 and it is one of Minnesota’s best equipment shows.

Maintenance crews from...

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November 20, 2015  |  Category: Events

Rod Fisher First in OR to Earn Certified Vermeer Technician – Tree Care

Rod Fisher First in OR to Earn Certified Vermeer Technician – Tree Care

Rod Fisher, Portland Field Service Technician, is the first technician in Oregon to earn the Vermeer certification of “Certified Vermeer Technician – Tree Care” with a passing test score of 88%.

Ollie Windle, General Manager, stated, “We are excited for Rod to earn this Vermeer certification and proud that he...

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Trey Kizer Named Hewitt Store Manager

Trey Kizer Named Waco Store Manager

Trey Kizer has been named Store Manager in Hewitt. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for all sales, parts, service, rental, and store operations at the Hewitt location

Trey has worked for RDO Equipment Co. for more than 13 years in a sales role and has a vast knowledge of the industry and customer base.

Cory Kosse, Austin and Hewitt General...

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Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Event Raises More than $66,000

Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Event Raises More than $66,000

Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Event Raises More than $66,000
2015 Proceeds Benefit Taylor Made Living of the Anne Carlsen Center

RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company held their annual event, RDO Caters Taters for Charity in Fargo on November 5, 2015 at the Baymont Inn & Suites. The potato luncheon and raffle served roughly 2,700 potatoes through both dine in and take out and...

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Ron Offutt Inducted into the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame

Ron Offutt Inducted into the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame

Ron Offutt Inducted into the Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame

On September 24, Ron Offutt, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, was among six leaders inducted into the 2015 Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame. Inductees were selected for their excellence in business and philanthropy, and for their significant contributions to their communities. Their...

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Hayward Helps Clean California Shorelines

Hayward Helps Clean California Shorelines

Employees from the Hayward location participated in the 31st annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This annual event has volunteers cleaning the shoreline from Mexico to the Oregon border, beaches, inland waterways, around the San Francisco bay to as far inland as Lake Tahoe. This year, the Hayward team decided to volunteer once again at the...

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November 11, 2015  |  Category:

Moorhead Store Partners with John Deere Electronic Solutions to Give Back to Food Bank

John Deere Electronic Solutions, based in Fargo, ND, is a branch of John Deere that provides innovative technologies and engineering design capabilities, in addition to extensive manufacturing. They are responsible for many of the electronic components found in all John Deere equipment.

Over the past several years, RDO Equipment Co. has partnered with JDES and provided equipment at their...

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Matt Milosevich is new Webster Parts Manager

Matt Milosevich is the new Parts Manager in Webster. Matt joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2013 as a Parts Specialist in Aberdeen. Matt’s background in agriculture and ranching has made him a great asset to the company, and while in Aberdeen, had exposure to all aspects of the business, including trucks, construction, and agriculture.

“I’m excited to welcome Matt to the team in Webster. His...

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October 27, 2015  |  Category:

Webster Employee Picnic

The Webster store sent summer out in style at an all-employee pig roast on Sunday, September 13. The event featured a hog, purchased from a local 4H’er and roasted. They followed lunch with a bean bag tournament that father/son Terry and AJ Meland won and had activities for the kids including a bounce house.

“This was a fun, Sunday afternoon get together. What was really neat is that we...

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Peter Johnson Name Ada Service Manager

Peter Johnson is the new Service Manager at RDO Equipment Co. in Ada. Johnson joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2013 in a regional role, working with service departments throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Johnson is a graduate of North Dakota State University and has been in the service industry for the past five years. Johnson also served for 13 years in the Minnesota...

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Team Building Event for Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, and Hawley   Members of the Breckenridge, Fergus

Members of the Breckenridge, Fergus Falls, and Hawley teams got together on a Saturday afternoon for a team building event at a paintball course in Audubon, MN. They spent time on two different courses, one being a very wooded area and the other an open course with limited hiding places!

They ended the day at the Hawley store for some great food prepared by the team and additional...

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October 22, 2015  |  Category:
RDO Integrated Controls Approved by FAA to Fly Drones

RDO Integrated Controls Approved by FAA to Fly Drones

FARGO, ND (October 19, 2015) – RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., has received FAA approval to operate unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to conduct mapping, training, agricultural, and survey applications. The company is an authorized senseFly distributor and sells and supports various UAV units for customers across many industries.

The FAA approval comes in the...

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Phoenix Donates to Local School in Need

The Children’s First Academy, located near the Phoenix store, is a school that teaches children ages kindergarten through high school. They have roughly 350 students who live below the poverty level, and the vast majority of the students are homeless. Their buses log roughly 900 miles a day picking up and dropping off students to shelters, motels, and apartments. The school’s goal is to...

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Mark Kuhn Named Irving General Manager

Mark Kuhn has been named General Manager of the Irving, Texas location.

Mark joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2006 as a Sales Professional in San Antonio, TX, and then moved to Irving, TX, as the Sales Manager. In 2011, he moved to Riverside, CA, as Sales Manager and became General Manager of Riverside in 2012. Before that, Mark worked at Alamo Industrial as a Texas Territory Manager.

“We...

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October 13, 2015  |  Category:

Irving Interns Compete in National Tractor Restoration Competition

Leo Davila and Edwin Castro-Alvarado are currently interning at the Irving shop part time while they go to school at Dubiski Career High School. It is an innovative technical school for high school students that equip them with the skills they need for the 21st century professions.

Through their involvement with their school’s FFA program, Leo and Edwin and their fellow FFA’ers made it...

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New RDO Equipment Co. General Manager Named in Riverside

Duane Bonini has been named general manager of RDO Equipment Co. in Riverside, Calif., effective October 12, 2015. Bonini will be responsible for all operations at both the Riverside and Fontana locations. In fall 2016, the two stores will combine into one location in Riverside and Bonini will continue to lead the John Deere and Vermeer operations.

Mark Kuhn, previous General Manager in...

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October 9, 2015  |  Category:

San Antonio Makes a Little Boy’s Dreams Come True

Using the “Contact Us” form on our company website, Chad Jakel submitted a request to his nearest John Deere store:

“I have a son, Callen, with a neurological disorder. He is developmentally delayed and nonverbal, along with a host of other medical conditions. One of his favorite things in life is John Deere tractors and construction equipment. He owns three different “I Love John Deere”...

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October 6, 2015  |  Category:
Access Your Future Newsletter available

Access Your Future Newsletter available

Don't miss the Fall 2015 issue of AYF Insider. The AYF Insider is distributed twice a year throughout RDO Equipment Co. and highlights students, their involvement and accomplishments, new initiatives and other important updates about the Access Your Future program.

Take a look!

Knife River – Success in Belgrade, MT

Knife River is one of the largest construction materials and contracting companies in the United States, with more than 4,800 employees in 19 states and their footprint is very similar to that of RDO Equipment Co.’s.

In Montana, Knife River is one of RDO Integrated Control strongest supporters in the industry of machine control and John Deere and Topcon integration.

For the East...

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September 29, 2015  |  Category:
Grand Forks Team Members Volunteers at Local Habitat for Humanity Build

Grand Forks Team Members Volunteers at Local Habitat for Humanity Build

On Friday, July 10, seven members of the RDO Equipment Co. team in Grand Forks used their special skills and talents to help the Habitat for Humanity build a new home for a local family. Parts Specialists Mike Schuler and Adam Thompson, along with Service Technicians Jason Kouba, Zach LaMarca, Jeff Ness, James Sorum, and Travis Thompson,  worked side-by-side to frame the home.

It was hot...

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September 28, 2015  |  Category:
“The Wall” Makes a Successful and Memorable Stop in Sioux Falls, SD

“The Wall” Makes a Successful and Memorable Stop in Sioux Falls, SD

A replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall made an appearance in Sioux Falls, SD August 6-9, and RDO Equipment Co. supported this tribute with employee volunteer time and John Deere equipment. 

The Sioux Falls chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America sponsored the largest traveling war memorial to visit the Sioux Falls community and reached out to active members of the local Association of...

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September 26, 2015  |  Category:
Tucson Supports Backpack Brigade Program

Tucson Supports Backpack Brigade Program

For the third year in a row, the Tucson team donated nearly $500 worth of school supplies to Tucson Troop Support, which in turn provides free backpacks filled with school supplies to local military families.

In addition to the donation, several Tucson team members volunteered at the Annual Back to School Backpack Event to fill and distribute the backpacks to the family members of the...

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September 24, 2015  |  Category:
Military Discount Now Available on GreenFleet

Military Discount Now Available on GreenFleet

A military discount program was created by John Deere under the GreenFleet program. The Agriculture groups were made aware of this program, and thought it would be beneficial to promote.

“Working solely with governmental customers, I have been asked many times if we or John Deere have any programs for our current and past veterans. And until now, I had to answer no. When we were informed...

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September 21, 2015  |  Category:

Sunnyside Donates 1200 Water Bottles to Firefighters in Northwest

According to news sources, the fire burning in Washington is now the largest in state history. In an effort to show support the Sunnyside team donated all of the store’s bottled water to help firefighters who are fighting the flames.

Roughly 1200 bottles of water were donated to the Sunnyside Fire Department, who has been assisting with the fires.

“It’s a small way that we’re able to...

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September 18, 2015  |  Category:
Vermeer Southern California Customer First to Purchase Newly Released Stump Cutter

Vermeer Southern California Customer First to Purchase Newly Released Stump Cutter

The City of Redlands, CA, is the proud owner of Vemeer’s newly released SC40TX Stump Cutter. This machine, the first of its kind, allows the operator to drive to, and even cut the stump, from the stand-on platform. Among many other enhancements, it offers improved speed and maneuverability compared to other self-propelled models.

Upon delivery of the unit, the Southern California team...

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September 16, 2015  |  Category: Products

Employee Utilizes Community Time to Help Fight Wildfire

The Douglas Fire Protective Association (DFPA) requested to rent chippers to help secure the fire line for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s battle against the Stouts Creek fire. A wildfire in Southwest Oregon has spread quickly due to dry conditions and very hot temperatures.

Chris Stanley, Eugene Sales Professional, delivered two chippers for their use, but the DFPA didn’t have...

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September 11, 2015  |  Category:

RDO Equipment Co. Announces New Location in Southeast Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. – RDO Equipment Co. announces the addition of a new John Deere construction dealership in Southeast Phoenix, Ariz. The store will be located on Interstate 10 just south of the 202. Construction will be starting soon, with the expected opening in fall 2016.

The additional Phoenix location will complement the current location located in Central Phoenix. This new store will...

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Bismarck Gives Back During Day of Caring Event

Bismarck Gives Back During Day of Caring Event

The Bismarck team had 13 employees participate in their community’s United Way Day of Caring event. The Day of Caring event is an entire day in which volunteers from across the community join forces and help complete projects for local organizations. In total, Bismarck-Mandan had 1,000 volunteers give their time to support 50 different projects throughout the community.

The team members...

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September 6, 2015  |  Category:

RDO Equipment Co. Named to Prairie Business Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work

FARGO, N.D. (September 3, 2015) – RDO Equipment Co. has been named to Prairie Business magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work, specifically in the top 25 large for-profit companies (100+ employees). All 50 companies were honored in the September issue of the magazine.

Prairie Business is the only business-to-business magazine dedicated to the northern Plains region, focusing on the success...

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Kindred Leads Community Blood Drive

Fern Elofson from United Blood Services was looking for a new site coordinator for Kindred since their long time coordinator retired and moved away to lakes country. Looking at the Kindred donor list they came across Brenda Olsgaard’s name. Fern wanted to contact her since she has donated over five gallons of blood over the years and thought someone that was so generous by giving that much...

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September 2, 2015  |  Category:
Hawley, Fergus Falls, and Breckenridge Hold Employee Event

Hawley, Fergus Falls, and Breckenridge Hold Employee Event

More than 80 employees and their family members from the Hawley, Breckenridge and Fergus Falls stores came out to watch the racing at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls in late June. The “Night at the Races” tailgating party is the second year these stores have hosted the free event. 

Employees and their families brought out there blankets and chairs on “Fender Friday” to watch Wissota...

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August 31, 2015  |  Category:
“It’s Ours Now!”

“It’s Ours Now!”

A couple of years ago during a team engagement planning session, RDO Equipment Co. – Moorhead was looking for a project that could benefit the community along with building employee engagement throughout the company. They found the Clay County Adopt-a-Highway program.

After further review, the Moorhead store entered into an agreement to keep the north and south ditches along Highway 18...

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August 29, 2015  |  Category:

RDO Equipment Co. Announces New Location in Southeast Phoenix, Curtis Tuttle Named Sales Manager

RDO Equipment Co. announces the addition of a new John Deere construction dealership in Southeast Phoenix, AZ. The store will be located on Interstate 10 just south of the 202. Construction will be starting soon, with the expected opening in fall 2016.

The additional Phoenix location will complement the current location located in Central Phoenix. This new store will allow an enhanced...

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August 24, 2015  |  Category:

Dan Rutten Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Dan Rutten, Technical Communicator Specialist, celebrates 40 years of service with RDO Equipment Co. and to celebrate, the Moorhead FSO held an event for him in early July.

Dan started at the Fargo store in 1975 working in set up before becoming a Service Technician and then a Field Service Technician. Dan focused on mostly Ag equipment in the Red River Valley. Combines, planters, and...

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August 22, 2015  |  Category:

North Dakota Construction Stores Donate Safe

Mike Daeley, Western ND Service Advisor for HI POWER, sits on the Foundation Board for the American Legion, and contacted the Minot store about donating an item for a silent auction the Legion was holding, which would benefit programs that help children and veterans throughout the state of North Dakota.

The Minot store decided to donate a John Deere security safe – and soon, all the...

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August 20, 2015  |  Category:

Imperial Hosts Ag Technology Clinic

The Imperial team hosted a one-of-a-kind event for customers: a Technology Clinic that featured a first look at JDLink Connect and the opportunity to learn more about receiver calibration, implement adjustments, and value added services.

The event had 40 customers attend. Feedback after the event was very positive – customers said they found value and were pleased with the content and...

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August 17, 2015  |  Category:
Bozeman Joins Kiwanis in Community Event

Bozeman Joins Kiwanis in Community Event

The Bozeman store teamed up with their local Kiwanis group to help a community event of distributing sand boxes.

The Bozeman store donated a 60G excavator to load sand in trucks for the event. Shop Foreman Kenny Kroschel donated his time on a Saturday to load trucks with the excavator.

“It was a really great community event that we were glad to be a part of,” said Kenny. “I was proud...

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August 14, 2015  |  Category:
Phoenix Gives Back This Summer

Phoenix Gives Back This Summer

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Phoenix store. In the past two months, team members have volunteered at the local food bank and organized their annual water drive.

In the beginning of May, several Phoenix team members volunteered to pack emergency food boxes for those in need in the Phoenix area. The team helped pack 540 boxes of produce, which equaled about 6,480lbs of food....

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August 13, 2015  |  Category:

North Mankato Parts Manager Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Jim Juliar, North Mankato Parts Manager, celebrated 30 years of service this month. The store held a celebration in honor of his years of service and Jim’s wife and family were able to attend.

Jim started his career checking in and shipping out parts orders as well as assisting with parts pickup and delivery. He spent a few years as a parts specialist before becoming Parts Manager, a...

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August 12, 2015  |  Category:

San Antonio Team Works Hard and Has Fun in Their Community

The San Antonio team has been busy over these last few months working hard and participating in various community events. Only halfway through the year and they have had so much fun in several different events – see below what has made their store so unique and a great place to work!

April 2015 – Relay for Life – Comal County Team “RdiOs to Cancer” 
The team relayed in the rain and...

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August 11, 2015  |  Category:
Texas Customer Helps Guide Development of JDLink and More

Texas Customer Helps Guide Development of JDLink and More

Elliott Stanton is the Shop Foreman at Strike, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing privately held energy service companies in the United States. Elliott is based out of Dilley, TX, overseeing fleet operations within Strike’s South Texas region of operations. Additionally, he is responsible for equipment uptime and repair across the continental United States. Strike has been a customer...

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August 5, 2015  |  Category:
RDO Water Partners with Local Businesses to Provide “Farm-to-table” Garden at Local Junior High

RDO Water Partners with Local Businesses to Provide “Farm-to-table” Garden at Local Junior High

The Santa Maria Valley Leadership Class of 2015 (a community leadership program that features business professionals) had to complete a Legacy project. After asking the Santa Maria community what they needed, it was decided to partner with local businesses and provide a garden to Kermit McKenzie Junior High in Guadalupe, CA.

The garden features six 4 x 10 foot raised planters and a 15 x...

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August 1, 2015  |  Category:

Flagstaff Team Members Volunteer

Several Flagstaff team members volunteered and cleaned up a one-mile stretch of trail along Route 66 in late May.

Seven employees and their family members teamed up to help clean up a part of their community.

“This is a great project that our employees care about, and it was a rewarding experience that also built camaraderie among us,” commented Adam Spade.

July 31, 2015  |  Category:

Redfield Parts Specialist Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Joe Hurst, Parts Specialist, celebrated 40 years of service at the Redfield store. The team held an Open House serving lunch and more than 125 friends, family, and customers attended.

Clae Hoots, Store Manager, commented, “It was great to see so many people attend the event for Joe. He has spent his career building relationships in our store and community. Congrats, Joe, on this huge...

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RDO Water Moves to New Facility and Expands Offerings

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (July 21, 2015) RDO Water, a division of RDO Equipment Co., is expanding and moving to a new facility in Santa Maria on July 27. The new store, located at 2221 Evora Way, will offer roughly 15,000 square feet of space for equipment, products, parts and service. In addition, the store will now support Pellenc and Vermeer equipment, with specialized parts and service...

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Moorhead Store Continues Partnership with Fargo South High School

The Moorhead store has formed a strong relationship with the Fargo South High School’s Auto Tech program over the course of several years. Each year, the Auto Tech program sponsors an Auto Show and at this year’s event, RDO Equipment Co. had equipment on display.

The store had a 644K loader on display, as well as a John Deere Gator wrapped in gator skin. The store also arranged an 8245R...

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RDO Equipment Co. Named 2014 Sakai Dealer of the Year

RDO Equipment Co. Named 2014 Sakai Dealer of the Year

RDO Equipment Co. (Texas and Southwest Construction regions) was recently named the recipient of Sakai’s 2014 Dealer of the Year award. This award is based on metrics including both volume and total sales. Sakai’s Dealer of the Year award represents the manufacturers greatest level of appreciaiton for a strong dedication to both the sale and support of the Sakai product line.

“Sincere...

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July 22, 2015  |  Category: Awards
Day of Play Events Held in Moorhead and Hawley

Day of Play Events Held in Moorhead and Hawley

Both the Moorhead and Hawley stores held Day of Play events and each was a great success.

Moorhead
The drizzly morning conditions didn’t discourage attendees who arrived before 9 a.m. to line up for the events at this year’s Day of Play. The weather cleared and children of all ages participated in games, rides, and coloring contests. Everyone was treated to a lunch (or breakfast) of hot...

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July 18, 2015  |  Category: Events
Pat Burnham Named Tucson Store Manager

Pat Burnham Named Tucson Store Manager

Pat Burnham has been named the new Tucson Store Manager. He will be responsible for all operational aspects of the location. He joins RDO Equipment Co. with an extensive career in the equipment industry. Pat served as the Vice President of Sales for Sakai Manufacturing, where he worked closely with RDO Equipment Co. and was a key part of that manufacturing partnership.

Most recently, Pat...

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July 16, 2015  |  Category:
Great Day for a Great Cause

Great Day for a Great Cause

On June 20, many team members geared up for a Charity Cruise that visited the Minnesota Ag locations. The day started out rainy and cold, but luckily warmed up quickly.

Nearly 25 riders met in the morning at the Moorhead store and visited Ada, Hawley, and Fergus Falls, before arriving in Breckenridge early that evening.

Every Minnesota Ag store was represented, as well as team members...

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July 14, 2015  |  Category:
RDO Integrated Controls Sponsors First Ever DroneFocus Conference

RDO Integrated Controls Sponsors First Ever DroneFocus Conference

On June 3, 2015, more than 130 attendees gathered at the Fargo Jet Center for Fargo’s first annual Drone Focus Conference, organized by Botlink and Emerging Prairie, and powered by RDO Integrated Controls.
“All drones, all day,” was the theme of the event. The intent was to gather professionals and enthusiasts to talk about drones.

RDO Integrated Controls jumped onboard as the premier...

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July 10, 2015  |  Category: Events

Portland and Eugene Support Local Dozer Day Event

Over the past several years, the Portland store has participated in the children’s event, Dozer Day. Dozer Day is like going to a fair, only the “rides” are heavy construction equipment. Kids hop in the driver’s seat and actually drive dozers, dump trucks, and other pieces of heavy equipment, with a professional operator at their side. The event is put on by the children’s organization,...

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July 8, 2015  |  Category:
Grand Forks Volunteers at Relay for Life Event

Grand Forks Volunteers at Relay for Life Event

A group of Grand Forks team members helped set up for the Relay for Life event in Grand Forks in late May. In addition to setting up tables, chairs, and signage, the guys showed their creative side by spelling CURE and HOPE on the hillside with dozens of candle-lit luminaries.  They also spent much of their time walking the route and taking care of luminaries that had tipped over in the...

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July 6, 2015  |  Category:
Minot Hosts Exclusive Event Showcasing Launch of 1050K Dozer

Minot Hosts Exclusive Event Showcasing Launch of 1050K Dozer

In late April, the Minot store hosted a unique opportunity to give owners and operators a look at John Deere’s 1050K dozer. The store targeted current 1050 users, as well as Cat D8 and Komatsu D155 users.  They were pleased to see 80% or better attendance from those who were invited, which was about 50 customers.

Two John Deere factory representatives were in attendance and did walk...

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Burnsville Construction’s New Store Wows

Burnsville Construction’s New Store Wows

In 2013, the Burnsville Construction store began plans for a new and larger 16-bay service shop, machine and hydraulic shop, and track shop. In addition, the remodel plans included a new customer showroom and parts desks, offices, and the creation of a large training center and conference room.

In spring 2015, the remodeled store was complete and the team held a VIP Customer dinner and...

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Burnsville Vermeer Delivers Exceptional Service after the Sale

Burnsville Vermeer Delivers Exceptional Service after the Sale

Tjader & Highstrom Utility Service, LLC, operates out of Wisconsin and is an RDO Equipment Co. and Vermeer Corporation Global Account. They are a high profile, long time Vermeer customer. They own several directional boring rigs, quad track utility plows, and recently purchased four drop plows. They also have multiple Vermeer mixing systems, vacuum excavators, locators and pneumatic...

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June 28, 2015  |  Category:
Irving Provides Unique Solution to Customer

Irving Provides Unique Solution to Customer

What do you do when you need to pulverize a bridge? You contact RDO Equipment Co. in Irving, who then partners with Okada America, a leader in construction attachments, to provide you a perfect solution.

The customer, Pegasus Link Constructors, is the contractor on a large job in Dallas called the Horseshoe Project – a $798 million design-build roadway construction project by the Texas...

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Aberdeen Represents RDO Equipment Co. at the South Dakota State FFA Convention

South Dakota State University was home to this year’s SD State FFA Convention. Aberdeen team members Brian Bjordal, Store Manager, and Taylor Gosch, Parts Manager, attended the opening awards ceremony and helped present Proficiency awards on behalf of John Deere for categories of Forest Management and Products; Landscape Management; and Turf Grass Management. RDO Equipment Co. was also...

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RDO Equipment Co. Acquires Montana John Deere Stores

RDO Equipment Co. Acquires Montana John Deere Stores

FARGO, N.D. (June 25, 2015) RDO Equipment Co. announces the acquisition of three stores from Montana dealership Triple W Equipment. The stores are located in Missoula and Kalispell and sell and service the full line of John Deere equipment, with an additional service center in Ronan.

These are the first new John Deere stores RDO Equipment Co. has added since 2010 and they expand the...

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JDLink Lunch and Learns Prove Successful in Texas

JDLink Lunch and Learns Prove Successful in Texas

Irving, Austin, and San Antonio each held JDLink Lunch and Learn events for customers. The goal was to educate customers and demonstrate how JDLink works and what it does – from machine tracking, to alerts, to machine data, and more.

RDO Equipment Co. team members went in depth and showed how to operate the system step-by-step, setting up group alerts, Geofences, users, and groups. In...

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June 24, 2015  |  Category: Events
Dickinson Customer Uptime Clinic

Dickinson Customer Uptime Clinic

The Dickinson store held a unique event in its store in early May. Roughly 40 customers and 30 team members attended a Customer Uptime Clinic. Five John Deere experts presented on various topics including ground engaging tools, undercarriage, Ultimate Uptime, filters, oils/grease, and Reman.

Attendees had the opportunity to see new John Deere products and offerings and enjoy lunch with...

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June 23, 2015  |  Category:

RDO EQUIPMENT CO. PARTNERS WITH FARMLINK TO OFFER YIELD BENCHMARKING

Fargo, ND — June 10, 2015 — RDO Equipment Co. and FarmLink today announced a new agreement that will further enable improvements in productivity and profitability by bringing together insights from yield benchmarking and the benefit of precision equipment capabilities.

“Through our long standing relationship with RDO Equipment Co., we share a strong commitment to improving the overall...

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Burnsville Vermeer Hosts Drill School

Burnsville Vermeer Hosts Drill School

In mid-April, the Burnsville Vermeer store conducted two separate, two-day sessions of Drill school for employees and customers.

In each session, the first day of school was held indoors at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, followed by a day at the Sauk Rapids dealership. Session 1 had roughly 30 customers and 12 employees; Session 2 had 30 customers. In total, 14 companies were represented....

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June 21, 2015  |  Category: Events
RDO Water Participates in University of California Cooperative Extension Strawberry Field Day

RDO Water Participates in University of California Cooperative Extension Strawberry Field Day

Each year, the University of California’s Ag and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension department host a Strawberry Field Day event in Santa Maria for local growers, educators, and researchers.

Sessions ranged from topics such as water management and drought impact, pesticide use trends and safety, nutrient management and drone usage in strawberry production.

Danilu Ramirez serves as...

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June 18, 2015  |  Category: Events
Newest Location Invites Customers, Community to Open House

Newest Location Invites Customers, Community to Open House

RDO Equipment Co.’s newest location in McKinney, TX, opened its doors for an Open House event on May 21. The event featured Leadership, employees from many Texas locations, customers, city officials, manufacturing partner representatives, and community members.

The event included tours of the 38,000 sq. ft. facility, product displays, lunch, and prizes and giveaways (including John Deere...

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June 15, 2015  |  Category:

Burnsville Vermeer Supports MMUA Training

Each year the Minnesota Municipalities Utilities Association (MMUA) holds a safety and training exercise in Marshall, MN for its linemen. The MMUA consists of Municipal Electric Divisions from mainly Minnesota, but other municipalities from bordering states with cities near the Minnesota borders are also members, including Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Vendors are asked...

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June 12, 2015  |  Category:

Fontana Hosts College Students

Students and instructors from Mt. San Antonio College (located in Walnut, CA), recently visited the Fontana store. The store has developed a strong relationship with the college throughout the years.
The store had several demonstrations of equipment available. Fontana team members Rick Shepherd, Rigo Leon, Tareck Karam and Colby Gergovich discussed how diagnosing equipment has progressed...

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Hawley Hosts First Grade Visitors

Hawley Hosts First Grade Visitors

For several years, the Hawley store has sponsored Mrs. Carlson’s first grade class. On May 15, the class came and toured the store. They had many questions about how tractors and combines work, and of course, each student wanted to ride in the sprayers and combines.
After the tour and some treats, the kids got their wish to ride in some equipment. Six employees gave rides to all the kids...

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Williston Kicks Off Parade Season

Williston Kicks Off Parade Season

The Williston store participated in the 85th Williston Band Day Parade on May 9. This event was very well attended by the community and the streets were lined with people.

The team handed out candy and small footballs and keychains with the RDO Equipment Co. logo on them.

“Our store’s float turned out great and I am proud that we had so many employees participate from all departments...

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RDO Equipment Co. Names Chris Cooper Chief Operating Officer

FARGO, N.D. (June 3, 2015) Chris Cooper has been named Chief Operating Officer of RDO Equipment Co. In this role, he will be responsible for the daily business operations across all regions and teams and will work directly with Christi Offutt, RDO Equipment Co. CEO and Chair of Offutt Family Enterprises, and the leadership team in driving business goals and results.

Cooper has served as...

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Tree Climbing Seminar in Fontana Huge Success

Tree Climbing Seminar in Fontana Huge Success

The Fontana store held an Advanced Climbing Techniques seminar on April 23. More than 90 attendees represented 34 companies in six cities which was a large turnout for an event held offsite such as this.

An instructor from NATS on behalf of SherrillTree provided the demonstration and instruction portion of the seminar. The course offered 6.5 continuing education units (CEU) for ISA...

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RDO Water Partners with Secretary of Agriculture in Mexico

Much of the talk of drought has been focused on California, but Mexico is also feeling the effects of a severe drought. In April, the RDO Water team was asked to provide a tour of alfalfa fields where irrigation technology has been implemented to Mexico Agriculture authorities. The Mexicali Valley is a large alfalfa growing area and they are looking for expertise from U.S. companies.
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Portland Donates to Fruit Tree Project

Portland Donates to Fruit Tree Project

The Portland team recently got involved with a unique organization called the Portland Fruit Tree Project. The project is a group of local arborists that prune/maintain fruit bearing trees in the Portland community that people are not able to take care of themselves, either due to financial constraints or physical abilities (elderly, disabled, etc.). In trade, they take the fruit and...

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Sioux Falls Service Technician Wins First Place at National Tractor Pull Classic

Kent Huwe, Sioux Falls Service Technician, stands with his first place trophy from the National Antique Tractor Pull Association Corn Husker Classic, held in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received first place in the “Jackpot Pull” with a 1937 A John Deere pulling 4750 lb weight.

Kent has been “pulling” and competing for more than 25 years.  “I enjoy the people involved in the events and I enjoy...

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RDO Equipment Co. Names Jim Carell General Manager of New McKinney Location

MCKINNEY, Tex. (May 18, 2015) Jim Carell has been named General Manager of RDO Equipment Co.’s newest location in McKinney, TX. This location sells, rents, and services John Deere construction equipment and opened in March 2015.

Carell joined the company in 2002 as a sales professional at the Irving location. In 2014 he was named sales manager of McKinney, then under construction. Prior...

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Burnsville Vermeer Team Members Jump in Frigid Water for a Good Cause

Burnsville Vermeer Team Members Jump in Frigid Water for a Good Cause

The Polar Plunge is an annual event that supports Special Olympics Minnesota. It involves teams raising funds and jumping into frigid Minnesota waters in the middle of winter! Polar Plunge events happen all over Minnesota (and similar events may even happen in your state!).

Dawn Albright, Parts Warehouse Specialist, has been jumping in the Polar Plunge since 2012. It started as a “bucket...

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May 19, 2015  |  Category:
Grand Forks Hosts Week-Long Job Shadow

Grand Forks Hosts Week-Long Job Shadow

Three students from Sacred Heart High School, East Grand Forks, MN, job shadowed employees at RDO Equipment Co. in Grand Forks for five consecutive mornings.  The students were exposed to our Core Values, stakeholders, culture, and Access Your Future (AYF) program in addition to spending time in the shop and the parts department.  These students were very engaged and genuinely interested...

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Sunnyside Helps Teach Kids about Ag Equipment

In late March, the Sunnyside team participated in Dozer Days. This is the same event that the Portland store participates in every year, except this is the first year a Dozer Day event has taken place in Yakima, Washington. The event featured 2,500 attendees.

The event gives kids an opportunity to drive construction and AG equipment with proceeds benefitting children-related charities....

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