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RDO Equipment Co. News - January, 2017

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Nate Dorsey, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Nate Dorsey, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

February 1 marks one year since the launch of the Agriculture Technology Podcast. As a special treat, host Tony Kramer invited the podcast’s producer (and, for all you newer listeners out there, its original host), Nate Dorsey on the show to talk about how it all began, how he creates each episode of the podcast, and the most important item of all: Nate’s favorite episodes.

Here are a...

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January 19, 2017  |  Category: Podcasts
Riverside Construction Update: January

Riverside Construction Update: January

While rain has been heavy the past few weeks in Riverside, it hasn’t stopped January from being a busy month for the team working on RDO Equipment Co.’s newest store. From structure and concrete work to site utilities and interior rough-ins, numerous areas of the site are coming along.

Primary focus thus far has been on projects like structure prep and utility work. This month, the team...

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RDO Equipment Co. – McKinney Store Achieves LEED® Certification

RDO Equipment Co. – McKinney Store Achieves LEED® Certification

The RDO Equipment Co. store in McKinney, Texas has been awarded LEED® Certification. Completed in 2015, the McKinney store is the first RDO Equipment Co. building to achieve this prestigious designation, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Several unique design elements and features were incorporated into the McKinney store, specifically to meet LEED credit...

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RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company Employees Hold Pajama Drive for Project Ignite Light

RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company Employees Hold Pajama Drive for Project Ignite Light

Team members at RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company in Fargo and Moorhead combined efforts to donate nearly 125 pairs of pajamas to Project Ignite Light, a North Dakota-based organization that provides important items to children who are at local advocacy centers and hospitals due to suspected abuse or neglect.

The goal of Project Ignite Light is to equip each child who enters an...

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Ben Sander, Summers Manufacturing on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Ben Sander, Summers Manufacturing on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

From attending farm shows to working with dealers to teaming up with the sales staff, Ben Sander gets the opportunity to see Summers Manufacturing’s products through nearly every vantage point – key to his role as Marketing Manager.

Host Tony Kramer invited Ben on the podcast to talk about the range of agriculture equipment offered from Summers Manufacturing, both tried-and-true products...

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January 6, 2017  |  Category: Podcasts
An Evolving UAV Industry – and Customer

An Evolving UAV Industry – and Customer

Not long ago, UAVs were a new technology – admired by many and successfully used by few. Fast forward to today, and drones have found their way onto numerous jobsites, and are successfully being used for numerous applications. However, the story doesn’t end here. In fact, the story of UAV technology on the jobsite likely won’t ever end; instead, it will continue to grow, change, and...

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January 5, 2017  |  Category:
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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Riverside Construction Update - December

Riverside Construction Update - December

The team from RDO Equipment Co. in Riverside is working to finish out the year of construction on its new building, with plans for 2017 already top of mind.

Concrete and site work are among the biggest pushes to close out the year, with the Phase 2 concrete slab scheduled to be placed the final week of December – an important deadline to meet, according to Duane Bonini, General Manager.

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December 29, 2016  |  Category:
Looking Back As We Look Ahead – Our Year in Review

Looking Back As We Look Ahead – Our Year in Review

From breaking ground to breaking records, from launches to expansions to acquisitions, 2016 was a standout year for RDO Equipment Co. Not one to rest on its laurels or simply ride out challenging economic conditions, RDO Equipment Co. seized 2016 and the opportunities to better serve customers, partners, employees, and the community.

A message from RDO Equipment Co. leadership
As we all...

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Rapid City Offers Helping Hands

Rapid City Offers Helping Hands

In October, the Cottonwood Fire blazed through the surrounding communities of Rapid City and left a path of destruction. For most, the fire caused significant damage of lost acreage, facilities, cropland, and more. As the communities begin to clean up, the Rapid City team became a part of those efforts, assisting with repairing a customer’s fenceline.

“For anyone who has ever done...

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Indio Store Hosts Open House

Indio Store Hosts Open House

The Indio team hosted an Open House on November 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers and individuals interested in learning more about complete agriculture equipment and irrigation solutions were encouraged to attend the event to meet the team, tour the store, and enjoy lunch.

Now that the RDO Equipment Co. and RDO Water locations are combined into one store, the team was excited to show...

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December 20, 2016  |  Category: Events
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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Hayward Team Clears Trees at Local Park

Hayward Team Clears Trees at Local Park

Team members from the RDO-Vermeer Hayward location helped East Bay Regional Park District Rangers clear trees along the road at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton California.

Those who gave their time included CSA Frank Gouveia; Office Administrator Erin List; Regional Sales Coordinator Diane Johnson; and Service Technician Richard Snyder.

Team members worked alongside the Rangers...

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From the Ground Up to Scaling Up

From the Ground Up to Scaling Up

A dozen individuals from 10 states in industries spanning general construction to roadbuilding, mining to emergency response, engineering, and surveying – what could they possibly all have in common?

On October 13 and 14, at a rural farm site near Billings, Montana, this group of professionals came together to participate in an event focused on one popular topic: Drones.

Led by the...

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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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RDO Management Institute Volunteers at Park Rapids Park

RDO Management Institute Volunteers at Park Rapids Park

The RDO Management Institute is a 30-month program that allows managers to participate in quality learning solutions designed to give them the knowledge, capacity, and experience necessary for management excellence in their current role and greater responsibility in the future. The Management Institute began in 2010 and two groups have graduated since that time (Management Institute I and...

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Andy Gates, Gates Manufacturing on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Andy Gates, Gates Manufacturing on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Even though he grew up with a manufacturing company right on his family’s homestead, Andy Gates didn’t officially become involved in the family business until 2009. Now, as President of Gates Manufacturing, Andy continues to lead the company; a company that itself has been a leader in product design and innovation since 1986.

Host Tony Kramer invited Andy on the podcast to discuss some...

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December 9, 2016  |  Category: Products
Tucson Events Support Customers, Community

Tucson Events Support Customers, Community

In the past month, the Tucson store was involved in the Southern Arizona Career Days and hosted a Laser Control and GPS focused Lunch & Learn.

Southern AZ Career Days
More than 1250 students attended the Southern Arizona Construction Career Days, held at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. This event gives high school students a hands-on look at career opportunities in the construction industry....

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December 9, 2016  |  Category: Events
Building Vibrant and Prosperous Communities – One Application at a Time

Building Vibrant and Prosperous Communities – One Application at a Time

In July of 2015, RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company launched a unique initiative designed to support charitable organizations its employees work with. Since then the Community Builder Program has been positively impacting local organizations, awarding meaningful and transformative grants to the benefiting charities.

But the Community Builder impact goes far beyond dollars donated....

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Brawley Team Claims First Place Honors at Chili Cook Off

Brawley Team Claims First Place Honors at Chili Cook Off

Every year, the Brawley community celebrates the Cattle Call – a week of festivities sponsored by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce. One of these festivities is the Chili Cook Off and for the first time, the RDO Water team decided to enter.

The contest had two components – the obvious, very important chili tasting portion – but also a booth display.

The Brawley team (with some help from...

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RDO Equipment Co. Partners with Sentera to Expand UAV Offerings

RDO Equipment Co. Partners with Sentera to Expand UAV Offerings

RDO Equipment Co. has teamed up with Sentera, a UAV-focused company offering image and data solutions for drones. The new partnership enhances current UAV products and support offered by RDO Equipment Co., and extends the opportunity for the technology to more customers, primarily in the agriculture industry, and also to those in the construction, infrastructure, and public safety...

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5 Things to Know for Year-End and Section 179 Planning

5 Things to Know for Year-End and Section 179 Planning

Year-end is quickly approaching. Whether your business focus is roadbuilding or utility, agriculture or tree care, now is the time for strategic planning and decisions that affect this year, next, and even further down the road. One of the biggest and potentially smartest areas to explore is Section 179.

You’re probably very familiar with the basics of Section 179. But remember last...

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RDO Integrated Controls Continues Growth of TopNETlive Network in Minnesota

RDO Integrated Controls Continues Growth of TopNETlive Network in Minnesota

RDO Integrated Controls has completed its fourth Topcon TopNETlive network station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, increasing coverage to 80% of the Twin Cities metro area. Additionally, RDO Integrated Controls expanded the network to Duluth, International Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Rochester, and Virginia, MN.

Since the initial expansion of the TopNETlive Network into...

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Eric Myhre, Unverferth Manufacturing on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Eric Myhre, Unverferth Manufacturing on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

When it comes to new equipment and technology, the agriculture industry is moving fast. Companies can either keep advancing to meet customer demands – or not.

Unverferth Manufacturing is one company leading the way in advancing equipment and options. But Unverferth does more than implement new technology just for technology’s sake; the company really listens to customers, cares about...

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November 23, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside November Construction Update

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside November Construction Update

The new RDO Equipment Co. store in Riverside is starting to take shape after this fall’s completion of Phase I and demolition of the old site. Both street improvements and structural steel on the building have begun, helping to give customers a vision of the future store. Surveying is complete, and site grading in progress, which will continue through the end of November. 

Equally...

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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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17th Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Breaks Records

17th Annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity Breaks Records

FARGO, N.D. – (November 17, 2016) – RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Company’s annual charity potato luncheon, RDO Caters Taters for Charity, raised a record-breaking $70,843 for benefiting charity, YWCA Cass Clay. The event also served a record number of guests, selling roughly 3,150 tickets through its dine-in and take-out options. 100% of funds raised are going to YWCA Cass Clay’s...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler November Construction Update

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler November Construction Update

By now, most know the newest RDO Equipment Co. store is open and operating in Chandler – the second full-service RDO Equipment Co. John Deere construction dealership in the Phoenix metro.

With both the new Chandler store and the longtime location in Phoenix, RDO Equipment Co. is growing and strengthening its equipment sales, service, and support capabilities in the area.

“For nearly 25...

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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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RDO Vermeer Customer Receives Signed AX19

RDO Vermeer Customer Receives Signed AX19

In November, Vermeer will unveil its new arborist series brush chippers. Their first model in this series, the AX19 is a more robust machine, featuring dual horizontal feed rollers, full-functioning remote, fixed feed table, and more.

RDO Vermeer Hayward customer A Plus Tree is the third customer to purchase one, and the first in California. A Plus Tree was founded in 2002 by Jeremy...

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November 11, 2016  |  Category: Products
Indio Store Hosting Open House

Indio Store Hosting Open House

RDO Equipment Co. / RDO Water in Indio is hosting an open house on Thursday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers and individuals interested in learning more about complete agriculture equipment and irrigation solutions are encouraged to attend the event to meet the team, tour the store, and enjoy lunch.

RDO Equipment Co. in Indio offers both new and used equipment, vast parts...

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November 11, 2016  |  Category: Events
Kris Poulson, Sentera on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Kris Poulson, Sentera on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

“We don’t want to disrupt this market space. We want to assist it.” That’s what Kris Poulson, Vice President of Agriculture at Sentera had to say about his company’s role in the ever-popular, ever-growing drone industry. 

Host Tony Kramer invited Kris on the podcast for two reasons. First, to talk about Sentera and the exciting offerings it has in the drone, sensors, and software space....

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November 9, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts

Construction and Vermeer Divisions Impress at Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo

In early October, six Minnesota Construction stores and the Burnsville Vermeer store participated in the Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo, regarded as one of the state’s best equipment shows. RDO Equipment Co. has been participating in this show for nearly 20 years

Maintenance crews from governmental agencies around the state of Minnesota gather each year in St. Cloud for this show. The...

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November 9, 2016  |  Category: Events
Customers Enjoy Salinas and Watsonville Open House Events

Customers Enjoy Salinas and Watsonville Open House Events

RDO Equipment Co. / RDO Water in Salinas and Watsonville hosted open house events for customers and individuals interested in learning more about complete agriculture equipment and irrigation solutions.

The Salinas event took place on Thursday, October 6, while Watsonville’s event was Friday, October 7. The stores were open for tours and lunch and team members were available to answer...

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November 7, 2016  |  Category: Events
Lakeside Store Serves as Host for September AGC Event

Lakeside Store Serves as Host for September AGC Event

The Lakeside store opened its doors and welcomed the AGC Engineering & General Contractor’s Council’s monthly meeting in September.

Will Kempton, who serves as the Executive Director of Transportation California, an industry-based advocacy group dedicated to the advancement of California’s transportation program, was the featured speaker. He talked about California’s challenges with the...

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November 5, 2016  |  Category: Events
Burnsville – CE Team Participate in 4th Annual Day of the Dozers Event

Burnsville – CE Team Participate in 4th Annual Day of the Dozers Event

In late September, the Burnsville team participated in the 4th annual Day of the Dozers event. Each year, this event aims to raise money for Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota while giving young children an awareness of the construction industry.

This event gives children of all ages an opportunity to get in the seat of large construction equipment and go for a ride with a professional...

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Hayward Participates in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Hayward Participates in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Employees from the RDO Vermeer Hayward location participated in the 32nd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This annual event has volunteers clean the shoreline from Mexico to the Oregon border, beaches, inland waterways, and around the San Francisco bay to as far inland as Lake Tahoe.

This year, the team volunteered at Poplar beach in Half Moon Bay, which is just south of San...

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Mortenson Construction finds success with UAS technology on the jobsite

Mortenson Construction finds success with UAS technology on the jobsite

Mortenson Construction is one of the nation’s top builders and a company known for using leading-edge technology. Earlier this year, the company seized the opportunity to test UAS technology as a way to improve on the traditional surveying process.


Seeking a Better Way
From bridge inspection to agricultural scouting to disaster response, curious and innovative professionals, across...

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Portland’s Community Involvement

Getting involved in the community comes second nature to the Portland team. They have two recent examples to share.

Clark County Food Bank Gleaning Program
“Gleaning” is when a crew of volunteers harvest unmarketable or extra produce at a local farm or helps out a community member in their efforts to grow food for the food bank.

The Clark County Food Bank gleaning program began in...

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Touch a Truck Event Puts Lakeside Youth in the Driver’s Seat

Touch a Truck Event Puts Lakeside Youth in the Driver’s Seat

Four employees represented the Lakeside store at the San Diego-area Touch a Truck event held in September. This family-friendly event gives everyone who attends the opportunity to experience what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat of heavy equipment. The event is set up like a carnival with games, foods, and more than 40 vehicles/pieces of equipment to explore. For this year’s event,...

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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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Katie Gamble, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Katie Gamble, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

As a Transactional Account Manager at RDO Equipment Co., Katie Gamble lives in a world filled with John Deere equipment. Driven by a lifelong passion for agriculture, Katie wanted to follow in her big brother’s footsteps and pursue a career at RDO Equipment Co. And though her path took a slight turn from where she planned to head, she has never looked back.

Host Tony Kramer invited Katie...

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September 28, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
Hidden Value of Purchasing from a Dealership’s Rental Fleet

Hidden Value of Purchasing from a Dealership’s Rental Fleet

There are plenty of reasons your construction company needs to purchase equipment. Diversification, growth, and tighter timelines to name a few.

Regardless of why it’s needed, several factors get in the way of companies actually making a new equipment purchase. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a “new” addition to your fleet doesn’t have to be “new.” Used equipment is a great...

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September 27, 2016  |  Category: Products

Salinas and Watsonville Stores Hosting Open Houses

RDO Equipment Co. / RDO Water in Salinas and Watsonville are hosting open house events for customers and individuals interested in learning more about complete agriculture equipment and irrigation solutions.

The Salinas event takes place on Thursday, October 6, while Watsonville’s event is happening on Friday, October 7. Both events will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., during which...

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September 26, 2016  |  Category: Events
Basics of Backhoe Maintenance

Basics of Backhoe Maintenance

From construction to agriculture, utility work to maintenance, and snow removal to landscaping, backhoes are one of the most popular pieces of equipment, across numerous industries.

Their wide range of applications often means they see long hours and demanding tasks. While great from a productivity standpoint, the machines themselves can take a beating. If not properly cared for and...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Update: September

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Update: September

In the early morning light of a Monday morning, months of hard work, tight timelines, and detailed punch lists came to fruition. On September 12, RDO Equipment Co. in Chandler officially opened its doors for business. The store, located on Interstate 10, south of the 202 in Chandler, is the second RDO Equipment Co. location in the Phoenix metro, serving the construction industry with...

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John Deere and Big Iron Farm Show on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

John Deere and Big Iron Farm Show on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

September 13-15 marked the 36th annual Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, ND. As in previous years, John Deere and RDO Equipment Co. were key participants in the show, with a large pavilion area featuring new John Deere products and technology, along with RDO Equipment Co. team members ready to speak with attendees and answer questions. 

Host Tony Kramer brought the podcast to Big Iron...

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September 15, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
Three Steps to Safe Operation with Backhoe Loaders

Three Steps to Safe Operation with Backhoe Loaders

The roar of equipment. The hint of diesel in the air. The digging and moving of earth. All are welcome sounds, smells and sights on the jobsite, as well as great indicators of how busy and action-filled construction worksites are at any given time. They’re also a constant reminder of the importance of equipment safety on the jobsite.

Few things in day-to-day construction operations are...

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September 6, 2016  |  Category: Products
RDO Water Acquires Kuida Ag Supply Company

RDO Water Acquires Kuida Ag Supply Company

RDO Water, along with RDO Equipment Co., announces the acquisition of Kuida Ag Supply Company of Salinas. Over the next few weeks, RDO Water will be moving all Kuida Ag operations to its combination RDO Equipment Co. / RDO Water stores in Salinas and Watsonville.

The acquisition expands RDO Water’s offerings of irrigation products and solutions, which includes pipe and system rental;...

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Josh Messer, 360 Yield Center, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Josh Messer, 360 Yield Center, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Josh Messer has eaten, slept, and breathed agriculture his entire life. His career began as a child on his family’s North Dakota farm and has taken him to his current company, 360 Yield Center. As an Agronomist with 360 Yield Center, Josh works to educate growers and put them in the best position to maximize yield potential while minimizing risk and loss. 

Host Tony Kramer invited Josh...

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September 1, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts

RDO Equipment Co. a Key Participant at Big Iron Farm Show

Field demos and special equipment offers highlight the annual three-day event

On September 13, the 36-annual Big Iron Farm Show kicks off in West Fargo, North Dakota. The event is expected to bring more than 64,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds for three days of equipment demos, educational seminars, expert outlooks, and networking. RDO Equipment Co. is...

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September 1, 2016  |  Category:

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

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 and opportunities in North Dakota,...

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August 31, 2016  |  Category:
RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update: August

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update: August

Phase I construction is wrapping up at the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Riverside, with final items including building and site utilities, and finish work tracking to be completed by month-end. Concrete has been poured on the south side of the shop and racking install is currently underway in the new Parts Warehouse.

“The end of phase one marks a significant milestone in this building...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 22: Duane Fierstine, RDO Equipment Co.

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 22: Duane Fierstine, RDO Equipment Co.

Early in his career, Duane Fierstine heard something that still sticks with him today: “When you open a bag of seed, that seed already has its yield potential.” Since then he has focused on trying to help growers eliminate factors that reduce those yields, both in his time with Hagie Manufacturing and now as an account manager with RDO Equipment Co.

With John Deere’s recent acquisition...

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August 18, 2016  |  Category: Podcasts
5 Tips for Better Accuracy in Underground Utility Plowing

5 Tips for Better Accuracy in Underground Utility Plowing

From upgrading existing services to installation of high-quality broadband, a vibratory plow is an in-demand piece of equipment. Utility installation projects, both rural and urban, can go quickly and smoothly with the help of this machine – when it’s operated correctly.

Failing to plan, forgoing maintenance, and other simple missteps can be major hits to a plow’s accuracy. Focus on five...

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August 17, 2016  |  Category: Products
RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update: August

RDO Equipment Co. - Chandler Construction Update: August

In less than one month, the doors will open at RDO Equipment Co. in Chandler. The new store, located on Interstate 10, south of the 202, is the company’s second location in the Phoenix metro, eighth in the state of Arizona, and 78 in the RDO Equipment Co. network.

“The new store in Chandler furthers our commitment to customers and is allowing us to expand our overall services and product...

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Back to School with Compact Excavators

Back to School with Compact Excavators

By: Jason Riley, Demo Specialist, RDO Equipment Co.

For even the most seasoned equipment operator, it’s wise to stay up-to-date on the latest technique tips and regularly brush up safety practices. As students of all ages head back to school, what better time for every equipment professional to take a little refresher lesson in compact excavators. 

The following three areas are key...

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August 12, 2016  |  Category: Products

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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Aftermarket Tips from RDO Equipment Co.

Aftermarket Tips from RDO Equipment Co.

The majority of hot weather overheating problems are found to be either low air flow or low coolant flow. Plugged radiators, fans on backwards, missing baffles, or damaged shrouds are frequent causes of low air flow. Low coolant flow can be due to failed water pumps, plugged radiator tubes, collapsed hoses, or low coolant level. In addition, trapped air in the cooling system, is something...

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August 9, 2016  |  Category:
Austin Demo Day a Success

Austin Demo Day a Success

Austin Demo Day a Success
More than 80 customers attended Austin’s Demo Day event in mid-June. The event was centered on excavator products and featured several machines from the 26G up through the 350GLC. The John Deere 350GLC excavator was set up with Topcon machine control and allowed customers to experience operation with the system and dig trench with slope on grade.

In addition to...

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August 8, 2016  |  Category: Events
Arlanza Community Garden Improvements

Arlanza Community Garden Improvements

Arlanza Community Garden Improvements
The Arlanza Community Garden is located on the site of an old WWII-era fire station that was demolished and left vacant until 10 years ago when the garden was built. The site fell into disrepair until youth groups from the local community banded together to create a “safe space for community building, health and social change” in the troubled...

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Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Day of Play Events Held in Aberdeen, Casselton, and Moorhead

Three Midwest Ag stores held John Deere Day of Play events over the past few months. While each event was unique, they all shared the same mission – provide a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Aberdeen
Roughly 450 people attended Aberdeen’s Day of Play event and they raised $375 for the local Boys & Girls Club of...

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Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 21: Eric Frasure, Dow AgroSciences

Agriculture Technology Podcast - Episode 21: Eric Frasure, Dow AgroSciences

Idaho native Eric Frasure has been involved in the agriculture business his entire life, starting with his childhood experiences growing up on a barley farm. After obtaining his Masters’ Degree in Weed Science at University of Nebraska, Eric went to work with Mycogen Seeds in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he partners with growers to advance their businesses through hybrid seed testing,...

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RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

RDO Integrated Controls has been named an Authorized OEM Machine Control Dealer by Topcon Positioning Systems. The new agreement goes into effect immediately and affects RDO Integrated Controls’ stores in the state of Arizona.

A division of RDO Equipment Co., RDO Integrated Controls is already an established Topcon dealer in California, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota....

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2016 Washington FFA Advisor Conference Demo

2016 Washington FFA Advisor Conference Demo

2016 Washington FFA Advisor Conference Demo

This year’s Washington State FFA Advisor Conference was held in Pasco, WA and the Pasco team had the opportunity to be a part of this year’s conference.

Months prior to the conference, they were contacted by the FFA advisor for Kennewick High School with hopes that the AMS team would be willing to hold a field demonstration for some of our...

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August 2, 2016  |  Category: Events
Lakeside Supports Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair

Lakeside Supports Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair

The Lakeside team donated several machines to help with loading straw and shavings, and assist with cleanup at this year’s Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair. The event was held in late May at the Lakeside fairgrounds.

This fair is a non-profit organization that benefits local agricultural students and their work with project animals.

The Lakeside team received great visibility...

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RDO – Vermeer Team Members Support Dozer Day Event

A community staple, Dozer Day was held in late May, and the RDO-Vermeer teams in Eugene and Portland once again jumped at the chance to be involved.

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...

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Forklift Donation Helps Cal Poly Raise Scholarship Funds

Forklift Donation Helps Cal Poly Raise Scholarship Funds

In late April, RDO Equipment Co. in Salinas, and RDO Water in Salinas and Santa Maria partnered to help sponsor the Cal Poly Open House Truck and Tractor Pull.

The Tractor Pull Club organizes the tractor pull each year as a part of the campus’ Open House event at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. It takes the club two weeks to set up for the event.

The RDO team donated the use of two Harlo...

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RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - July

RDO Equipment Co. - Riverside Construction Update - July

With so much focus on construction of the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Riverside, from large exterior work to the smallest interior detailing, it’s important to note that safety hasn’t taken a backseat. In fact, the team has been conducting safety audits every day for the past several months.

“Our daily audits ensure we’re always keeping safety top-of-mind, above all else,” Duane...

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July 25, 2016  |  Category:

Bozeman Team Members Get Involved in Community Project

Bozeman team members Ryan Schlicting, Territory Manager, and Kenny Kroschel, Lead Technician, are active Kiwanis members.

Every year, the Bozeman Kiwanis club organizes a Sandbox project. They construct and distribute simple sandboxes and sand to community members, free of charge.

Kenny utilized his Community Time to run the excavator and assist the project. Ryan also helped onsite...

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Baptiste Tripard, senseFly, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Baptiste Tripard, senseFly, on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

After quitting the aviation industry which was, in his words, “too slow, and full of technical standards and regulations,” aerospace engineer Baptiste Tripard entered the drone industry. Now managing director for senseFly, a leader in development and production of professional aerial imaging drones, Baptiste brings the opportunities of drone technology to customers in numerous industries,...

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Bismarck Part of First Ever Touch a Truck Community Event

Bismarck Part of First Ever Touch a Truck Community Event

The Bismarck store was a part of the first annual Touch a Truck event in Mandan, ND on May 21.

The store had several volunteers that got the equipment onsite or worked the event and answered the many questions from the kids.

They brought a John Deere 624K loader and 8310R tractor to the event, bringing a nice balance of green and yellow to the streets of downtown Mandan.

Bismarck...

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Get the Most Out of Your Grinder

Get the Most Out of Your Grinder

By: Andrew Knudson, Recycling Account Manager, RDO Vermeer

Day in and day out, horizontal and tub grinders are put to the test. Wood, compost, recyclables, and waste of all types are thrown at these machines, with the expectation that a precise finished product will come out on the other side.

Although they’re built to be tough, dependable machines, a grinder is only as good as its...

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July 19, 2016  |  Category:
2nd Annual RDO Charity Fun Run

2nd Annual RDO Charity Fun Run

On June 18, RDO team members and guests traveled 200 miles throughout the Minnesota lakes country during the 2nd annual RDO Charity Fun Run. Thirteen motorcycles, 12 cars, and 35 people participated in the event, even with the bad weather around the group.

They were forced to make a few minor changes to the route to keep everyone dry and luckily only had one brief rain shower they had to...

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Chandler Construction Update - July

RDO Equipment Co. strives for environmentally-responsible design in all new construction projects. With that focus in mind, the new RDO Equipment Co. store in Chandler is installing its Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) this month. Research has shown EIFS to be the best performing exterior cladding for thermal and moisture control. It’s also fully compliant with modern building...

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Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

The Lakeside store helped sponsor the Associated General Contractors/EGCC golf tournament, held May 20. Since the store co-sponsored the event, they were set up on the first hole and gave out water, hats, and can koozies. They gave a John Deere toy model to the longest drive winner in each group that came through.

Proceeds from this annual event go to support local students through the...

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July 15, 2016  |  Category: Events
Imperial Serves 200 at Customer Appreciation Day

Imperial Serves 200 at Customer Appreciation Day

The Imperial store held its annual Customer Appreciation Day event in late May.

The team served nearly 200 attendees tacos, beans, rice, and ice cream.

The entire sales team, along with members of Parts and Service, were involved in cooking and serving.

“It was a great event to say thank you to our customers and to demonstrate how much we appreciate their partnership,” commented Joe...

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July 13, 2016  |  Category: Events
What’s the Right Size Compact Utility Tractor for You?

What’s the Right Size Compact Utility Tractor for You?

When you visit your local equipment dealership, you’ll be greeted with dozens of different tractors. Among them, compact utility tractors (CUTs) are a common tool for customers with large properties to maintain thanks to their manageable size and compatibility with attachments.

John Deere further categorizes its CUTs into sub-compacts (1 and 2 Series) and standard compacts (3 and 4...

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Burnsville – VER, Sauk Rapids, and Rochester Cohost Sherrill Training

On May 5th, the Burnsville – VER, Sauk Rapids and Rochester Vermeer teams cohosted a Sherrill training event for customers.

Two Certified instructors conducted the course for 21 attendees at a park in Burnsville, MN.

Bruce Getman, Burnsville – VER Customer Service Advisor, commented, “The event was well received and offered a lot of interaction between the trainers and attendees. We...

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July 11, 2016  |  Category: Events
Meet Agriculture’s Game-Changer:  Drone Technology

Meet Agriculture’s Game-Changer:  Drone Technology

Not since the invention of the tractor has a technology come along with the potential to impact the agriculture landscape in a significant way. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, are changing the business of farming. Thanks to drone technology, farmers have access to more data and information than ever before, and are harnessing it into knowledge to find new,...

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July 11, 2016  |  Category:
RDO – Vermeer Oregon Team Conducts Operator Safety Training

RDO – Vermeer Oregon Team Conducts Operator Safety Training

Dave Geiger, Account Manager, and Travis Gornick, Aftermarket Manager, for RDO-Vermeer Oregon conducted an operator safety training event for Asplundh Tree. 

The operator safety training consisted of basic and advanced safety information while operating Vermeer chippers. There was a large turnout for the event and the feedback received was very positive. 

Dave stated, “Vermeer...

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July 7, 2016  |  Category: Events

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