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RDO Equipment Co. News - October, 2016

Learn about our stores, equipment, employees and service to the community.


RDO Equipment Co. Supports World’s Largest Truck Convoy 2016

North Dakota may be known as being home to the world’s largest Holstein (Salem Sue in New Salem) and the world’s largest buffalo (in Jamestown), but it’s also home to the world’s largest truck convoy, organized by Special Olympics North Dakota.

RDO Equipment Co. once again supported this event by having a semi-truck in the convoy. Glen Haekenkamp, Central Parts Manager drove the semi.

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Bryce Knowlen, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Bryce Knowlen, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

When you work with agriculture equipment, one of the best ways to learn, see, and discover is to get up close and personal with the equipment itself. Or better yet, jump in the cab and head out to the field to see the machines in action.

That’s why host Tony Kramer invited Bryce Knowlen, Product Specialist with RDO Equipment Co. on a special edition of the podcast live from inside the...

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October 27, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
Grand Opening at New Store in Chandler

Grand Opening at New Store in Chandler

Doors are open at RDO Equipment Co. – Chandler, the company’s second full-service John Deere construction equipment dealership in the Phoenix metro. On October 25, the store marked the occasion with a Grand Opening event.

Rich Histories
Located in the Lone Butte Industrial Park, the store is situated on 10 acres of land in the Gila River Indian Community. In keeping with the traditions...

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RDO Water in Indio Moves to RDO Equipment Co. Store

RDO Equipment Co. announces RDO Water, the company’s division that offers irrigation solutions, has relocated into the existing RDO Equipment Co. store at 83-300 Avenue 45 in Indio. The move brings to the store RDO Water’s full irrigation solutions including pipe and system rental; pipe and pump repair; system automation, design and installation services; consulting services; and products...

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Mary Vermeer Andringa Spends Afternoon with RDO-Vermeer Team

Mary Vermeer Andringa Spends Afternoon with RDO-Vermeer Team

Mary Vermeer Andringa, former CEO and current Vermeer Board Chair, spent the afternoon of August 11 with members of the RDO-Vermeer team in Southern California. Along with Duane Bonini, General Manager, and Marshall Anderson, Executive Vice President, they first visited the Rancho Dominguez store, where Mary spoke to the team members about Vermeer’s current year and what she feels the...

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Kalispell and Missoula Teams Spend Summer Supporting County Fairs

Kalispell and Missoula Teams Spend Summer Supporting County Fairs

In many communities, summer is marked by a county fair. Throughout the summer, Kalispell and Missoula teams supported eight different county fairs in western Montana through equipment donations and 4-H program support.

Those fairs included:
• Western Montana Fair – Missoula, MT
• NorthWest Montana Fair – Kalispell, MT
• Mineral County Fair – Superior, MT
• Lake County Fair – Ronan,...

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Indio Hosts Coachella Valley Agriculture Event

Indio Hosts Coachella Valley Agriculture Event

In late August, the Indio store hosted individuals from the Coachella Valley Women of Agriculture (CVWAG) along with the Coachella Valley and Indio FFA groups at an event focused on bringing awareness and support to agriculture and local youth programs.

Several notable guests were in attendance, including California State Senator Jeff Stone and California Congressman Eduardo Ruiz. Also...

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FSO Community Responsibility Committee “Adopts the Red”

FSO Community Responsibility Committee “Adopts the Red”

The Community Responsibility Committee (CRC), composed of team members from the Field Support Office, is supporting the organization River Keepers by “Adopting the Red” – a five year commitment to keep the public spaces along the Red River clean. FSO team members are responsible for a small section.

A group of employees from Customer Support, Central Parts, Parts Support Center, and the...

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Fontana, Rancho Dominguez, Riverside Partner to Support Food Bank

Fontana, Rancho Dominguez, Riverside Partner to Support Food Bank

One attribute that sets RDO Equipment Co. apart from others is an ability to quickly adapt and react to the needs of customers and communities.

In August, a Fontana team member discovered a story in their local paper that stated how Feeding America in Riverside/San Bernardino was in urgent need of donations.

The Feeding America food bank covers a wide geography, but the Riverside,...

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Antique Tractor Event in Breckenridge, MN

Antique Tractor Event in Breckenridge, MN

This summer, the Breckenridge, MN team held an Antique Tractor Event.

This unique community event encouraged customers and community members to bring in their antique tractors and other pieces of equipment. The store received a total of 43 entries, including tractors of all sizes (and colors!), implements, and even a John Deere 45 EB combine. The antiques were on display for a few days...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler October Construction Update

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler October Construction Update

RDO Equipment Co. – Chandler has been open more than a month now. The team has been putting final touches on the store, from small cosmetic details to adjustments in the retail space for best customer experience. One of the biggest – and most welcome – changes to the new store is the addition of a new store manager, Kenneth Franklin.

Kenneth began his career with RDO Equipment Co. in...

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Jason Kreps, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Jason Kreps, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

If you’re interested in apps, want to learn more about telematics, or just have questions about equipment technology in general, Jason Kreps is a guy you want to know. As Product Specialist Manager for RDO Equipment Co., Jason works with customers across all three regions of the company’s construction division.

Wait, construction? Why did host Tony Kramer invite a construction guy on a...

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October 12, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
South Dakota Combine Clinics Highlight Latest in Ag Technology

South Dakota Combine Clinics Highlight Latest in Ag Technology

The Aberdeen, Redfield, and Webster stores each held combine clinics that focused on basic Preventative Maintenance and how to keep equipment running through the season.

Other topics covered by the Precision Ag team included the Go Harvest App, Harvest Mobile, and Machine Sync. “We wanted customers to understand how they can use technology to really improve their equipment’s...

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October 12, 2016  |  Category: Events
RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update: October

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update: October

Phase II construction is in full swing at the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Riverside. Demolition of the former building is near completion and expected to be finished by month-end. While this step is crucial to continued progress, the team understands it could cause confusion for customers. 

“We’re continuing to remind customers Riverside operations are fully up-and-running throughout...

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Proper Operation Tips for Backhoes

Proper Operation Tips for Backhoes

In the most basic sense, a backhoe loader is designed to do one primary task: Dig. And it does that, very well in fact. Combine that with material lifting and moving capabilities, then team it up with different attachments for added capabilities, and you’ve got a solid machine that can perform numerous tasks on the jobsite.

While all the opportunity for productivity is great, getting the...

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October 10, 2016  |  Category: Products

Bismarck Public Works Prepares its Snow Fighters with “Roadeo”

Bismarck Public Works Prepares its Snow Fighters with "Roadeo"
KFYR, BISMARCK, N.D. - While Bismarck was spared from too much snow last year, the city's Public Works is preparing for the worst this year, and having some fun doing it.

Winter is coming. To get ready, BPW held the 5th Annual Snow Fighting Equipment Roadeo. Jay Bushee has only been moving snow for a year, but he's competing...

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October 10, 2016  |  Category: Events
North Star Expo Successful Show for RDO-Vermeer team

North Star Expo Successful Show for RDO-Vermeer team

RDO-Vermeer and the Sauk Rapids team had a great showing at the North Star Expo, otherwise known as the Great Minnesota Logging Get-together, in Grand Rapids, MN. The Expo is the state’s largest logging equipment show and featured more than $15 million of the latest equipment and technology on display.

The team had several pieces onsite, including the SC30TX, S725TX, BC1500, HG6000 and...

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October 8, 2016  |  Category: Events

Drone Rodeo a Success for RDO Equipment Co. and senseFly

You’ve probably heard of traditional rodeos and you might have heard of equipment rodeos, but have you ever heard of a drone rodeo? Our team was excited to partner with senseFly and be a part of the Ag Drone Rodeo in Pendleton, OR, hosted by the Pendleton UAS Test Range.

This event proved to be a success for our team and senseFly. The majority of participants were actual growers, with...

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The Great Debate: Skid Steer Loader or Compact Track Loader

The Great Debate: Skid Steer Loader or Compact Track Loader

There’s a big debate going on out there but it’s probably not related to what you’re thinking. Don’t worry; we’re not getting into a political discussion here.

Every contractor knows the skid steer loader is a must-have on nearly every jobsite. It’s quick. It turns on a dime. It’s compact enough to operate in tight spaces, yet powerful and productive enough to deserve a place in every...

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October 5, 2016  |  Category: Products
Farm Rescue Helps 400th Family – RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Customer

Farm Rescue Helps 400th Family – RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Customer

There are certain people in the world who are always willing to lend a hand; drop whatever they’re doing to help others in need. Tim McLean is one of those people.

As fire chief of the volunteer fire department in Casselton, ND, Tim has been one of the first responders in numerous emergency situations. Even if it means stepping away from a busy day running his farm, Tim makes it a...

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