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RDO Equipment Co. Names New General Manager in Salinas and Watsonville

Ted Mills has joined RDO Equipment Co. as General Manager of the Salinas and Watsonville locations. Effective immediately, Ted is responsible for leadership in all areas of store operations, working with departments to ensure satisfaction of customers, and upholding the Core Values, vision, and mission of RDO Equipment Co.

A native of the Salinas community, Ted’s background and work...

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mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Awarded to RDO Equipment Co. – Irving Team Member

mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Awarded to RDO Equipment Co. – Irving Team Member

You might recognize him as the voice in Ford commercials, from the TV series “Dirty Jobs,” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” or one of his many speaking engagements. Mike Rowe has made a name for himself as a pitchman, TV host, and speaker. But what many people don’t know about Rowe is he’s an advocate for skilled trades, so much in fact that he runs his own 501 (c) (3) charity, the...

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RDO Equipment Co. Team Member Celebrated for 40 Years of Service

RDO Equipment Co. Team Member Celebrated for 40 Years of Service

Sandy Blatter, Director of Parts Operation Support, was recognized for 40 years of service at the Fargo Field Support Office’s February meeting. Several members of the leadership team, including Terry Tolbert, Vice President of Aftermarket and Dave Horner, Corporate Controller, along with Christi Offutt and Ron Offutt, honored Sandy and shared stories of her time spent with RDO Equipment...

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Checking In With Chandler – One Year Later

Checking In With Chandler – One Year Later

January 29, 2016 was a cool, sunny day in Arizona. Just outside the city of Chandler, along Interstate 10, a vacant 11-acre lot began to undergo a complete transformation. Team members from the Southwest Construction region of RDO Equipment Co. gathered for an informal groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the company’s newest store. Over the next several months, this space would become...

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RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Employee Retires After 46 Years

RDO Equipment Co. Casselton Employee Retires After 46 Years

Allan Berge, Casselton Parts Specialist, recently celebrated his retirement and 46-year anniversary with the company. RDO Equipment Co. team members, customers, and members of the community honored Allan’s years of service with a retirement celebration at the store on Friday, December 30.

Always customer-focused, friendly, and positive, Allan enjoyed interacting with his customers and...

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Team Member Gives Time to Farm Rescue

Team Member Gives Time to Farm Rescue

Glen Haekenkamp, Central Parts Manager, is a true Champion of Farm Rescue and the philanthropy that drives volunteers to help others in times of need.

Glen has transported machinery to and from different cases, promoted Farm Rescue awareness at local trade shows and celebrations, picked up and delivered employees and volunteers across three states, and acted as a true role model for...

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Irving Service Technician Apprentice Competes in National Tractor Restoration Competition

Irving Service Technician Apprentice Competes in National Tractor Restoration Competition

Leo Davila is currently an intern at the Irving store part time while he attends Dubiski Career High School. It is an innovative technical school for high school students that equips them with the skills they need for the 21st century professions.

Through his involvement with the school’s FFA program, Leo made it as a finalist for the national Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. Leo...

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Demanding More, Doing More

Demanding More, Doing More

In the equipment world, leading companies know the value good care has on a fleet. From daily checks to thorough preventative maintenance, and all the way up to troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repair, proper equipment management is no small task.

While many companies have an individual who’s the “go-to” for all-things equipment, most lack the time and/or resources to have highly-skilled...

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Rapid City Team Member Assumes Command of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 216th and 451st Eng

Rapid City Team Member Assumes Command of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 216th and 451st Engineer Detachments

Capt. Jared Bloomgren is a Sales and Rental Coordinator at the Rapid City location. In early October, he assumed command of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 216th and 451st Engineer Detachments (Firefighting Teams). The release from the South Dakota National Guard...

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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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Grand Forks Employees Each Celebrate 25 Years of Service

Grand Forks Employees Each Celebrate 25 Years of Service
Two Grand Forks employees celebrated their 25 years of service – Jason Kouba, Field Service Technician, and Mike Sundberg, Service Technician.

General Manager Roni Lillehaugen spoke highly of both Mike and Jason. “Mike is a highly skilled, highly trained, and highly respected team member.  He is quick to lend a hand to others and...

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Austin Service Department Serves Up Crawfish Lunch

Austin Service Department Serves Up Crawfish Lunch

Each quarter, the Austin Service Department organizes a lunch for parts and service team members to celebrate wins and demonstrate appreciation for everyone’s hard work. Since crawfish season is nearing its end, the team decided a big crawfish boil would be something fun and different than the usual pizza.

In addition to the unique meal choice, the team involved the entire store in the...

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Field Service Technician Featured in Diesel Power Magazine

Field Service Technician Featured in Diesel Power Magazine

Jordan Gailbraith, Field Service Technician in Irving, has a lot of interests, but diesel engines most likely top his list. He’s worked for RDO Equipment Co. for the past 12 years, but the diesel bug bit him long before that.

“I guess you could say I first got started racing when I was a kid. I was always trying to go fast whether it was on my tricycle or motorcycle. Ever since I got my...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More than 100 Attend Northwest Precision Ag Training

More than 100 Attend Northwest Precision Ag Training

Over the course of three days, the RDO Equipment Co. team provided a training event to help customers learn strategies for better fleet and asset management.

Held at the Kennewick fairgrounds, customers attended classes that included MyJohnDeere.com, Apex Farm Management software, and in-field ride and drives with sprayers and tractors.

This was the first year trying a new format for...

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Ron Offutt Named to ND Agriculture Hall of Fame

Ronald Offutt, founder and Chairman Emeritus of R.D. Offutt Company was inducted into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame on March 7, 2015 during the 78th annual North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.

Offutt is the founder of R.D. Offutt Co., the nation's largest producer of potatoes, and RDO Equipment Co., the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural...

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Jerry “Doc” Holliday Celebrates 25 Years

Jerry “Doc” Holliday Celebrates 25 Years

Doc Holliday celebrated 25 years of service this month with a store event. Doc grew up in rural Texas and graduated college with an engineering degree. Doc worked several years in the engineering industry, including time as the Lead Engineer on two large construction projects in Texas: one for the Corps of Engineers and another for the Texas Department of Transportation. After those...

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Aberdeen Employee Retires after 36 Years

Aberdeen Employee Retires after 36 Years

Linda Hansen, Parts Administrator, etired from RDO Equipment Co. after more than 36 years. An Open House was held in her honor on February 20. The community was invited to come into the store to wish Linda well and enjoy refreshments.

Linda started her career in 1978 in the service department, back when the John Deere dealership in town was Brown County Implement. She transitioned to a...

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JD Kessler Named Webster Store Manager

JD Kessler is the new Webster store manager. He’s been with RDO Equipment Co. for nearly 7 years, and in his time with the organization has gained experience in several roles in sales and management, including Sales Manager in Livermore (focused on Vermeer product), Account Manager for Core Accounts in South Dakota, and most recently, Regional Sales Manager for Webster and Aberdeen.

“I...

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“Professor” Grove

Kevin Grove, Service Manager in Grand Forks, spent two days in mid-January teaching first- and second-year Auto Mechanics at Red River High School in Grand Forks. When the instructor for the class was called out for a few days, RDO Equipment Co. and another local industrial dealership were asked to fill the void. 

Kevin’s assignment was to speak about cooling systems to the second year...

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Grand Forks Service Manager Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Grand Forks Service Manager Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Several team members joined the Grand Forks store in recognizing Kevin Grove, Service Manager, for his 30 Years of Service. Kevin’s wife, Carol, and son, Ryan, helped celebrate this special milestone along with many guests including Christi Offutt, CEO; Lon Kindseth, Vice President; and Ron Saar, Regional Aftermarket Manager.

Kevin stated that he has enjoyed his years at RDO Equipment...

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Brian Bjordal Named Aberdeen Store Manager

Brian Bjordal has been named Store Manager in Aberdeen. Brian joined RDO Equipment Co. one year ago as the Webster Store Manager. He previously worked at Walmart for 23 years, with the last 11 as the Walmart Store Manager in Aberdeen.

“Brian brings a wealth of customer service experience,” commented Brook Stephens, Regional General Manager. “Brian has made an immediate impact to our...

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Partnership Formed with Central Lakes College

Central Lakes College, with campuses in Brainerd and Staples, Minn., attended RDO Integrated Controls’ Roadshow this spring. John Maleski, instructor, brought a few students with him from their Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance program.

The students and faculty were so impressed with the technology and the partnership between Topcon, John Deere, and RDO Equipment Co., that the...

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Midwest Construction Sales Professional Wins John Deere Award

In early December, Chad Kesteloot, a Sales Professional in Sioux Falls, was awarded the John Deere Signature Salesman Award for 2014. Chad joined RDO Equipment Co. in 1996 as a Field Service Technician and transitioned into a sales role in 2005.

“Chad has shown exceptional dedication to our customers and organization and is incredibly deserving of this recognition from our...

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RDO Equipment Co. Represented at IEA Conference

When the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) was planning their annual conference held in October in San Diego, they wanted local speakers who could cover a range of topics in regards to promoting the industry and protecting the environment. Some of these topics included: Regulatory Updates, Recycling/Composting, Water, Cap & Trade, Mobile Diesel Compliance, and Energy.

The IAE...

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RDO Equipment Co. Recognized by Lignite Energy Council

The Lignite Energy Council recently honored individuals and companies for their dedication to the lignite industry during the Council’s 41st Annual Meeting on October 1, 2014, in Bismarck, ND. RDO Equipment Co. in Bismarck was awarded the Lignite Contractor/Supplier award in appreciation of the company’s dedicated service as a contractor/supplier to the lignite industry. Randy Hoovestol,...

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New Midwest Construction Region Store Managers

Two new Store Managers have been named in the Midwest Construction: Pete Barrie in Sauk Rapids and Doug Maus in Dickinson.

Pete Barrie
Pete was previously a Sales Professional at the Burnsville – CE store and he has nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining RDO Equipment Co. three years ago, Pete served as a Product Support Representative for a...

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Regional Training Event in Hayward

Regional Training Event in Hayward

Service Technicians from Portland, Sacramento, Fowler, and Fontana joined Hayward Service Technicians for a regional Vermeer training event, held in Hayward.

Lance Langle from Vermeer Freeman and Jeff Vander Molen from Vermeer Manufacturing facilitated the training which covered compost turners and electrical and hydraulic systems of trammel screens.

They brought a simulator for a...

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Product Specialist Team Conducts Training for MWAg Sales Teams

Product Specialist Team Conducts Training for MWAg Sales Teams

The MWAg Product Specialist team conducted field training and sprayer certification for more than 150 Account Managers and Aftermarket employees from Aberdeen, Ada, Bismarck, Breckenridge, Casselton, Fergus Falls, Hawley, Hazen, Kindred, Lisbon, Moorhead, Moorhead FSO, Rapid City, Redfield, Washburn, and Webster.

The training featured a full day of courses, ranging in topics such as...

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Dwight Bleth Celebrates 45 Years in the Industry

Dwight Bleth, Regional General Manager for Hazen and Washburn, recently reached a significant milestone – he has spent his entire career in the John Deere equipment industry (with no plans to stop now!). We asked Dwight to share a bit of his experiences, including how he got started, the changes he’s witnessed, and what he’s come to love about this business.

HOW IT BEGAN
I started in...

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Adam Spade Named Store Manager for Prescott and Flagstaff

Adam Spade has joined RDO Equipment Co. as the Store Manager for both Prescott and Flagstaff.

Adam has several years’ management experience in the construction industry, most recently serving as the Branch Manager in Sierra Vista, AZ for United Rentals.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work for a company that values its employees the way RDO Equipment Co. does, and to...

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RDO Equipment Co. Names Chris Harmon General Manager

RDO Equipment Co. has named Chris Harmon as General Manager of its Yuma and Wellton locations.

Harmon is a 20 year Yuma resident and has been with RDO Equipment Co. since 1997. During his time with the John Deere agriculture and construction dealership, Harmon has served as regional finance manager, director of rental operations, and was most recently a regional sales manager.

He...

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Terry Malingen Named Regional Sales Manager

Terry Malingen Named Regional Sales Manager

Terry Malingen has been named the new Regional Sales Manager for the Breckenridge and Fergus Falls locations. Terry began his career with Interstate Equipment in 1998 as a Customer Service Representative before transitioning into an AMS role.

After Interstate was purchased by RDO Equipment Co., Terry continued as a member of the Precision Products Team as a Specialist before...

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Jim Carell Named McKinney Sales Manager

Jim Carell Named McKinney Sales Manager

Jim Carell has been named Sales Manager for the new McKinney location. Jim started with RDO Equipment Co. in 2002 as a Sales Professional. In 2012, he took the role of Sales Manager in Irving.

“Jim is a great asset to RDO Equipment Co. and the Texas Region. He has been an instrumental team member in driving the focus, direction, and market impact in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with...

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RDO Equipment Co. Team Members Host Customer Reception

RDO Equipment Co. Team Members Host Customer Reception

Vermeer team members from Oregon and California sponsored a customer reception at the US Compost Council. The annual convention was held in Oakland, CA this year.

RDO Equipment Co. sponsored the reception at Scott’s Seafood in Jack London Square for some of our top customers. Customer attendees included Sonoma Compost, Synagro, City of Plano, and Bunyan Brothers.

Brandon Kyse, Vermeer...

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Field Support Office Team Members Help Ring Bells for Salvation Army

The red kettles of the Salvation Army are a familiar site around the holidays. The bell ringers themselves are a necessity to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign each year.
During the 2013 holiday season, several departments at the Field Support Office used their Community Time to ring bells. Those departments included: Accounting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Credit, and...

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Vern Johnson Named Service Operations Manager for South Dakota and Western North Dakota

Vern Johnson Named Service Operations Manager for South Dakota and Western North Dakota

Vern Johnson has been named Service Operations Manager for South Dakota and Western ND. Vern joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2010 as part of the acquisition of the Webster, S.D. store. He started his career in 1993 as a Service Technician and has most recently served as Store Manager in Webster.

“Vern’s understanding of the region he will be working in along with his extensive experience in...

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Brian Lohse Named Regional Aftermarket Manager – Parts for Midwest Ag

Brian Lohse Named Regional Aftermarket Manager – Parts for Midwest Ag

Brian Lohse has been named the Regional Aftermarket Manager – Parts for the Midwest Ag region. Brian joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2005 in Lisbon with a strong background in the industry. He served as the Store/Parts Manager in Lisbon until 2009 when he became the Store/Parts Manager in Fergus Falls.

Steve Connelly, Vice President of Midwest Ag, commented, “Brian is a great complement to...

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Evan Fonder Awarded Emerging Leader Award

Evan Fonder Awarded Emerging Leader Award

Aberdeen Store Manager Evan Fonder has been awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. Established by the Chamber in 2008 to foster young leadership and enhance youth retention in the community, this award is presented to an individual who is in the first years of their career and has demonstrated leadership qualities within their businesses and community.

...

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Washburn Store Holds Annual Safety Day for Area First Graders

Washburn Store Holds Annual Safety Day for Area First Graders

On February 6, 80 first graders from Washburn, Turtle Lake, Underwood and Center elementary schools attended Safety Days at the Washburn, ND store. In partnership with the ND Farm Bureau, the McLean County Extension Office, and the McLean County Sheriff’s Office, the annual event featured information covering a broad group of safety topics. These topics included safety practices around...

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Lisbon Store Holds Customer Appreciation Supper

Lisbon Store Holds Customer Appreciation Supper

On January 29, employees at the Lisbon store prepared and served a Customer Appreciation steak supper to 60 customers as a thank you for their ongoing business.
Wylie Geyer, Lisbon Store Manager, commented, “The local team planned and delivered the entire event and many of the customers commented about how nice it was to sit and visit with the employees.”

RDO Equipment Co. Recognized as FFA Star Partner

The RDO Equipment Co. agriculture locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota have been recognized as FFA Star Partners for 2014. This program allows businesses to contribute to the growth and development of FFA leadership activities and agriculture education curriculum.

Someone who benefited from the agriculture education curriculum is Kody Liebenow, Service Technician in...

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Keith Kreps Elected NDIDA Chairman

Keith Kreps, RDO Equipment Co. Executive Vice President, was elected chairman of the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA) during the organization’s 114th annual convention held recently in Bismarck, ND. He has been a member of the NDIDA Board of Directors since 2005 and has served as First Vice Chairman during the past year. Keith has worked at RDO Equipment Co. since 1998...

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ACT Customers Visit Large Phoenix Customer to Learn More about Construction Industry

ACT Customers Visit Large Phoenix Customer to Learn More about Construction Industry

ACT Customers Visit Large Phoenix Customer to Learn More about Construction Industry

Two key construction account customers from the Volgograd, Russia region traveled to America with ACT team members to learn more about the construction business in the United States. Agro-Construction Technology (ACT, the RDO Equipment Co. partnership in Russia) operates more than 10 agriculture and...

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Southwest Ag Stores “Partner with Employees” at Friendly Softball Game

Southwest Ag Stores “Partner with Employees” at Friendly Softball Game

Southwest Ag Stores “Partner with Employees” at Friendly Softball Game

Two Southwest Ag locations demonstrated the “Partner with Employees” Core Value by a friendly competition of softball. Yuma and Imperial employees, along with their families, coordinated a softball game against each other.

Yuma’s “The SWAG” beat Imperial’s “The Green Machine” the first game, but Imperial came back...

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Matt Smith Takes New Role in Watsonville

Matt Smith Takes New Role in Watsonville

Matt Smith Takes New Role in Watsonville

Matt Smith has been named Aftermarket Manager in Watsonville. Matt joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2012 as a Parts Specialist. He has had exposure to all departments in the store, including time spent as a Transactional Account Manager.

“I am excited about this role and the opportunity to continue to develop our relationships with customers....

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Shawn Paschke Named to Construction Equipment’s Under 40 List

Shawn Paschke Named to Construction Equipment’s Under 40 List

Shawn Paschke Named to Construction Equipment’s Under 40 List

Construction Equipment magazine announced its inaugural class of the Under 40 in Construction Equipment Awards. Twenty-four winners comprise the Class of 2013, representing disciplines across the construction equipment industry. The list includes asset managers who run equipment fleets, operators, construction-company owners,...

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Aberdeen Employee Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Aberdeen Employee Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Aberdeen Employee Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt, Account Manager, celebrated 30 Years of Service on Thursday, November 7, with a customer Open House at the store. Bob has spent all 30 years in the Aberdeen store in a sales role, but prior to joining the Aberdeen store (previously Brown County Implement), he worked at Brost Implement in Ellendale, ND. He drove truck and...

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JD Kessler Named Regional Sales Manager for Aberdeen and Webster

JD Kessler Named Regional Sales Manager for Aberdeen and Webster

JD Kessler has recently been named Regional Sales Manager for Aberdeen and Webster, SD locations. JD has spent five years with RDO Equipment Co. He started his career in Midwest Ag before moving to Northern California as a Vermeer Account Manager and Sales Manager. He most recently served as a Core Accounts Account Manager...

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RDOIC Employee Utilizes Topcon Equipment and Community Time

RDOIC Employee Utilizes Topcon Equipment and Community Time

Nikolas Smilovsky, RDOIC Mapping Division Supervisor, participated in a unique experience. While on vacation in Mexico, Nikolas was approached by a colleague who was working with the University of North Carolina on a cultural heritage project, mapping the indigenous peoples of the Yucatan, Mexico. Due to Nikolas’s line of work with RDO Integrated Controls, he had passion and interest in...

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Access Your Future Now Offers Parts Program

Due to the growth the organization is experiencing, Access Your Future has expanded to offer a Parts program. The Access Your Future Program now includes Service, Sales, and Parts. The Employee Relations team along with management is recruiting students in agriculture, construction, sales and marketing, or other applicable programs.

Program Details:
• All applicants must be enrolled in...

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RDO Equipment Co. Names Brook Stephens Regional General Manager of South Dakota stores

Brook Stephens has been named Regional General Manager of South Dakota. He will oversee operations in Aberdeen, Redfield, and Webster. 

Stephens started his career with Spink County Equipment in 1990 as a Service Technician. In 2004, Spink County Equipment was acquired by RDO Equipment Co. Since working for RDO Equipment Co., Brook has served in several management roles including Service...

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Mankato Employee Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Service Technician Dick Hruska celebrates 35 Years of Service in September. He was recently presented with his gift – a 42” TV at an Open Book Meeting.

“Dick’s sense of humor over the years has been a source of enjoyment to the other Service Technicians and team that makes Mankato RDO a great place to work! Dick’s commitment to our success in Mankato over the past 35 years is greatly...

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RDO Equipment Co.’s First Diesel Instructor Conference a Success

RDO Equipment Co.’s First Diesel Instructor Conference a Success

RDO Equipment Co.’s First Diesel Instructor Conference a Success

As a way to promote RDO Equipment Co. and the Access Your Future Program to diesel technology programs across the country, the Diesel Instructor Conference was held in late July. More than 35 instructors from 19 partnership schools were in attendance.

The event created awareness about the company’s culture and family...

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RDO Equipment Co. Names Bruce Daughters Regional General Manager in Queensland, Australia

Bruce Daughters has been named Regional Manager at Vanderfield Pty Ltd. in Queensland, Australia. Bruce will be based in Toowoomba and will provide leadership in the development and deployment of the business plan for the eastern Queensland operations.

Daughters has been with RDO Equipment Co. since November 2004. In that time he has served in several management positions focused on...

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Webster Showcases Expanded Facility at Customer Open House

Webster Showcases Expanded Facility at Customer Open House

Webster Showcases Expanded Facility at Customer Open House

In mid-July, the Webster store opened its doors to customers to showcase the newly-expanded and remodeled facility. Improvements were made to the Ag, CP, and truck shops, as well as the parts area and wash bay.

A huge crowd attended – approximately 430 – and the Day County 4H Shooting Sports club cooked and served lunch.
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Si Hanna Named Waco Store Manager

Si Hanna Named Waco Store Manager

Si Hanna has been named Store Manager in Waco.

Si has been with RDO Equipment Co. for more than 8 years and most recently served as a Waco Sales Professional.

“Si’s experience and drive will no doubt be an asset to his new role. Please help me congratulate Si on his promotion,” said Cory Kosse, General Manager.

Si added, “I greatly appreciate...

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Two New Sales Managers Named for RDO Integrated Controls

Kris Kloeckner has been named Sales Manager in Billings and Jason Pearson has been named Sales Manager in Bismarck for the RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) North team.

Kris joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2010 in the parts department. Within six months he transitioned into an Account Manager role, covering the state of Montana. Prior to RDO Equipment Co., he worked at an agriculture...

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Bismarck Sponsors Race Night While Building Camaraderie

Bismarck Sponsors Race Night While Building Camaraderie

Bismarck Sponsors Race Night While Building Camaraderie

The Bismarck store sponsored race night at Dacotah Speedway on June 21. As part of the sponsorship, they were able to drive the Pace car before the race began. In order to select a Pace car driver, the store got creative – and found a way to give back to the community at the same time.

They held a contest, based on a point...

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Grand Forks Holds Employee Cook-off

Grand Forks Holds Employee Cook-off

Grand Forks Holds Employee Cook-off

Tim Sattler, Sales Professional, and his specialty dip, Buffalo Wing Chicken Dip, recently won accolades and the high honor of Favorite Dip at a contest held in Grand Forks earlier this summer. Second place honors went to Chris Shirek, Parts Specialist, and third place was shared between Ron Vonasek, Sales Professional, and Jared Harshman, Shop...

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Bob Nelson Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Nelson Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Nelson Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Nelson, Redfield Truck Driver, celebrated 35 years of service in June. The store held an Open House to celebrate this milestone by having a grill out and inviting customers, family, and friends. Erin Albrecht, Central Trucking Manager, attended Redfield’s June Open Book Meeting and presented Bob with his Years of Service gift, a flat screen...

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Troy Young Named Regional Aftermarket Manager for Texas Region

Troy Young Named Regional Aftermarket Manager for Texas Region

Troy Young Named Regional Aftermarket Manager for Texas Region

Troy Young has been named Regional Aftermarket Manager for the Texas Region. He most recently served as the Aftermarket Manager in Waco. Troy joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2000.

Troy said, “I am excited for this new opportunity to partner with the Texas Region on efforts that will provide a superior Aftermarket experience...

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Employee Receives Top Contributor at NDIDA Leadership Seminar

Employee Receives Top Contributor at NDIDA Leadership Seminar

Pat Anderson, Breckenridge Shop Foreman, received Top Contributor at “Mastering Leadership Skills – II Seminar.” This course is sponsored by the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA).

This course is a series of six monthly two-day sessions and gives a comprehensive overview of skills and information necessary...

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Terry Lacher Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Terry Lacher Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Terry Lacher Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Terry Lacher, Product Specialist Supervisor, celebrated 30 Years of Service in May. Terry has served in parts, service, and management roles throughout his time with RDO Equipment Co. In his current role as Product Specialist Supervisor, he is responsible for training, support, and product experience for John Deere’s newest agriculture...

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Steve Hoelscher Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Steve Hoelscher Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Steve Hoelscher Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Field Service Technician Steve Hoelscher celebrated 25 Years of Service in April. Steve has always been in a Field Service Technician role, because it’s what he loves to do. “I like meeting the different customers, going to different job sites, and working with our employees.”

“RDO Equipment Co. has been a very nice place to work. The...

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RDO Integrated Controls Assists at CLSA Trig Star Contest

RDO Integrated Controls Assists at CLSA Trig Star Contest

RDO Integrated Controls Assists at CLSA Trig Star Contest

Trig Star is an annual high school mathematics competition based on the practical application of trigonometry.  Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Land Surveying and Mapping.

Professional Land Surveyors’...

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Three Irving Employees Celebrate 25 Years of Service

Three Irving Employees Celebrate 25 Years of Service

Three Irving Employees Celebrate 25 Years of Service

Steve Staples, Irving and Fort Worth Parts Manager; Dan Chard, Irving Sales Professional; and David Shimmel, Irving Service Advisor, celebrated their 25th year of service. The store recognized them in April.

Steve started his career with John Deere by putting up stock orders and sweeping the warehouse. Soon after, he moved from the...

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RDO Equipment Co. Preps Farm Rescue Volunteers for 2013 Planting Season

RDO Equipment Co. Preps Farm Rescue Volunteers for 2013 Planting Season

On March 26, the Casselton store and Product Specialist team hosted nine volunteers from Farm Rescue to go over best planting practices with an equipment overview on machinery Farm Rescue will use this spring. The equipment that has been donated for this year’s planting season includes a 2012 John Deere 8360R (row crop tractor), a 2010 John Deere DB60 (47 row planter), two–2012 John Deere...

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Access Your Future Student Receives Co-op Student Intern of the Year Award

Access Your Future Student Receives Co-op Student Intern of the Year Award

Rob Hutchinson is currently employed with RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) as an Access Your Future student at the Billings location. He currently attends Montana State University Billings and was selected as one of their Co-op Student Intern of the Year. Rob was presented with his award at a banquet on March 13....

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Nick Kallhoff Named Aberdeen Parts Manager

Nick Kallhoff Named Aberdeen Parts Manager

Nick Kallhoff Named Aberdeen Parts Manager

Nick Kallhoff has been named Parts Manager in Aberdeen. Nick joined the company roughly one year ago as the Ag Service Advisor. Nick grew up on a family farm in Nebraska and spent several years working at a dealership in both Parts and Service roles. After leaving the dealership, he gained more than 10 years in retail and leadership roles.
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Aberdeen Hosts Event to Celebrate Three Employees’ Years of Service; Ron and Christi Offutt Featured

Aberdeen Hosts Event to Celebrate Three Employees’ Years of Service; Ron and Christi Offutt Featured Speakers at NSU

The Aberdeen store had a busy day on February 19. Ron Offutt and Christi Offutt were in town to help three employees celebrate a combined 115 years of service and were also the featured speakers at Northern State University (NSU), located in Aberdeen.

Roughly 150...

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RDOIC Team Members Featured in American Surveyor Magazine Feature Article

RDOIC Team Members Featured in American Surveyor Magazine Feature Article

RDO Integrated Controls team members are known for being on the cutting edge of technology in their industry – but did you know that knowledge transfers to the classroom as well?

Nikolas Smilovsky, Product Specialist for RDOIC in Phoenix, is also an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He is currently...

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Access Your Future Student Receives Scholarship

Access Your Future Student Receives Scholarship

Lucas Keller was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA).

He will begin the John Deere Ag Tech program at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton this fall and will formally start the Access Your Future program. He currently works part-time at the Moorhead store and will...

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Jeff Sobrero Named Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer

Jeff Sobrero Named Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer

Jeff Sobrero Named Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer

Jeff Sobrero has been named the Sales Manager for Northern California Vermeer.  In his new position, he will be responsible for all Vermeer Sales Department personnel and operations in Northern California which includes the Fowler, Livermore, and Sacramento stores. 

Most recently, Jeff served as an Underground Account...

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RDO-Vermeer Team Attends Vermeer Dealer Year End Meeting; MN/ND Team Wins Pinnacle Award

RDO-Vermeer Team Attends Vermeer Dealer Year End Meeting; MN/ND Team Wins Pinnacle Award

The RDO-Vermeer team recently attended the Vermeer dealer year end meeting hosted by Vermeer Corporation in early January, held in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. This year is Vermeer Corporations 65th anniversary.

FY12 was a great year for the team and it was recognized at the banquet and awards...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Mark Kreps Named Vice President of Sales - Agriculture

FARGO, N.D. – RDO Equipment Co. has named Mark Kreps Vice President of Sales – Agriculture. Kreps will be responsible for overall sales strategy and execution across the company’s agriculture division. In addition, he will continue his leadership over the Core Accounts team, which works with large customers in RDO Equipment Co.’s agriculture regions.

Kreps has nearly 30 years of sales...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Matt Daniell Named Fort Worth General Manager

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Matt Daniell has been named general manager of Fort Worth and he brings more than 15 years of experience with RDO Equipment Co. to his new role. Matt has served in several service and management positions including service dispatcher, Fort Worth service manager, and most recently, regional aftermarket manager for the Texas region.

Daryl Shelton, RDO Equipment Co. Vice...

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Bluebird Gardens CSA Thrives with Fergus Falls Partnership

Bluebird Gardens CSA Thrives with Fergus Falls Partnership

Bluebird Gardens CSA Thrives with Fergus Falls Partnership

Today’s consumer wants to know where food comes from before it hits the table and participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), is an easy method to do so. In a traditional CSA model, a farmer sells a number of shares to the public, with each share providing the participant a box of vegetables and seasonal produce each...

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Grand Forks Hosts the Great Cookie Baking Contest

Grand Forks Hosts the Great Cookie Baking Contest

The team members in Grand Forks competed in a recent event at their store: The Great Cookie Baking Contest. Employees were encouraged to bring in homemade cookies to be judged and voted on. There were several varieties of cookies that employees (and some customers) were given the chance to taste and then vote on their favorite. Special...

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Denver Silha Named Regional Sales Manager - Agriculture in Bismarck

Denver Silha Named Regional Sales Manager - Agriculture in Bismarck

Denver Silha has been named Regional Sales Manager – Agriculture. Denver will be responsible for overseeing the agriculture sales functions in Bismarck, N.D.

Silha has worked at RDO Equipment Co. for more than 10 years as an agriculture account manager.

“Denver brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role. He’s a...

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Tucson Customer Featured in John Deere Publication

Tucson Customer Featured in John Deere Publication

Tucson Customer Featured in John Deere Publication

R W Strunk Excavating, a customer of our Tucson store, was featured in the fall issue of RDO Review (RDO Equipment Co. customizes three separate pages in each issue of John Deere’s D-Mag, but is not in charge of overall content).

Tucson team members drove to a jobsite of R W Strunk Excavating and presented them with a framed copy of...

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Austin Store Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Austin Store Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Austin Store Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Energy Solutions of Texas awarded the Austin store with its Environmental Stewardship Award. Energy Solutions of Texas (ESoT) provides products and services to commercial, industrial, and public institutions. Their products reduce operating expenses and improve facility appearance, safety, and functionality.

After meeting with...

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Chad Richter Named Store Manager in Washburn

Chad Richter Named Store Manager in Washburn

Chad Richter has been named store manager at the Washburn location. Chad was most recently employed at Butler Machinery Co. in Minot as an agriculture sales professional and has several years of experience in the dealership industry.

“We are fortunate to have Chad join our team in Western North Dakota,” said Dwight Bleth, Regional General...

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RDO Equipment Co. Announces Management Promotions and Leadership Realignment

RDO Equipment Co. announces a number of promotions and a realignment of responsibility on the leadership team. 

The following promotions are announced: Chris Cooper, Keith Kreps, Ryan Offutt, and Jean Zimmerman have been promoted to Executive Vice President; Steve Connelly has been promoted to Vice President of Midwest Agriculture; Davin Peterson has been promoted to Vice President of...

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Employees Receive Top Contributor at NDIDA Leadership Seminar

Employees Receive Top Contributor at NDIDA Leadership Seminar

Ryan Hanson, Aberdeen Account Manager, and Mitch Strehlow, Moorhead Service Advisor, received Top Contributor at “Mastering Leadership Skills – I Seminar.” This course is sponsored by the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA).

This course is a series of six monthly two-day sessions and gives a comprehensive...

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Ron Anderson Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Ron Anderson Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Regional Sales Manager Ron Anderson celebrates 30 Years of Service this month. Ron oversees sales functions for the Hermiston, Pendleton, and Wasco stores.

Ron started his career at RDO Equipment Co. as a Service Technician and transitioned into sales in the late 1980’s. He became the Regional Sales Manager in 2010.

Ron commented, “I am...

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Bob Schmidt Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt Celebrates 35 Years of Service

Bob Schmidt, Used Equipment Manager in Texas, celebrates 35 years of service in January. The Irving store presented him with a cake last week.

Bob started his career as a Sales Professional in Western North Dakota, selling John Deere construction equipment in 1978. He served in management positions in both Grand Forks and Fargo, and in 1985,...

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