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RDO Equipment Co. News - March, 2014

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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 General Manager, commented, “Our customers appreciated the reception. It was a good opportunity for us to spend time with them and to thank them for their business."

Lakeside’s Success with Carl Moyer Funding

Glen Bullock, who recently bought Dick Miller Inc. (DMI) Construction Company, was aware of California’s Diesel Off-Road On-Line Reporting System (DOORS) but didn’t fully understand it. Alan Rakow, RDO Equipment Co.’s Power Plant and Emission Specialist, met with Glen and explained the regulations that his fleet would have to meet a Fleet Emission Average of 6.5 to be compliant in 2019 (his current Fleet Average is 10.2).

This was both good and bad news. Glen’s fleet of 10 pieces of tier 0 or tier 1 Komatsus was severely out of compliance. The good news is he now knows his compliance target date and has six years to meet it.

Glen understood that turning a fleet of 10 pieces is a huge financial undertaking and that six years may not be enough to meet the 2019 compliant date. It was during this conversation that Alan informed Glen of the Carl Moyer Program which awards companies government funding to replace old, high polluting units/engines with a newer unit/engine with the latest tier level. Upon learning about this program, Glen made the decision to replace his old units for newer units and line his company up to meet his compliance dates as soon as possible.

Glen contacted other local equipment dealers but they were unable to dedicate the required time or resources to the project that RDO Equipment Co. had already committed to.

RDO Equipment Co.’s proactive efforts made this project of converting Glen’s fleet with Carl Moyer funding much less of a headache for him. With the help of Alan Rakow and Lakeside Sales Professional Brent Ford, researching the needed data to prepare and complete all the applications, and walking them through the process, Glen was awarded $500,591 of grant funds through the Carl Moyer Program. With the funds, Glen ended up converting five of his 10 pieces from Komatsu to John Deere.

The new pieces of John Deere equipment include: two524K Loaders, one 644K Loader, one 550K Crawler, and one 310SK Backhoe which totals approximately $755,000 in new equipment sales. The other five pieces Glen says we will be converted when the next round of funding opens, which according to San Diego Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) will be in the late spring or early summer.

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 Organizational Development.

These team members provided more than 140 hours of volunteer time at various locations throughout the Fargo/Moorhead community (some on frigidly cold Fargo days!).
The funds raised through the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign assists thousands of individuals in the Fargo/Moorhead community with hot meals, personal care items, rent and utility assistance, prescription care, support during disasters, and other needs.

Sue Kressin, Accounting Manager, commented, “Our team was thrilled with the positive responses from the public as we were out braving extremely cold temperatures. We all walked away with a feeling that we had done something very worthwhile for the community, were appreciated by the community, and had fun at the same time.”
She added, “It is a very rewarding and positive team building opportunity we are provided by our employer.”

Chad Fleckenstein Named Hazen Service Manager

Chad Fleckenstein Named Hazen Service Manager

Chad Fleckenstein has been named Service Manager in Hazen. Chad started with RDO Equipment Co. in 2007 as a Service Technician and soon transitioned to a Field Service Technician.

David Ripplinger, Hazen Store Manager, commented, “Chad’s skill and knowledge of John Deere equipment, as well as the relationships he’s established with our customers, make him well suited for this position.”

March 1, 2014  |  Category:
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 Service is a natural fit for this position,” commented Steve Connelly, Vice President of Midwest Ag. “I am excited to welcome Vern in this new role and look forward in seeing the positive support that he will provide.”

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 our already strong Aftermarket team, working closely with each location, the CPO, and other RAM’s throughout our company to increase efficiencies, processes, and revenues.”

“I’m very excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with our region to continue to grow our Aftermarket business,” added Brian.

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.

Evan has worked at RDO Equipment Co. for 9 years. For the last three years, he has served as the Aberdeen Store Manager and he was a Regional Sales Manager prior to that. The Emerging Leader recognition is awarded during an annual Champions Luncheon in Aberdeen.

Recipients must maintain active participation in local associations, organizations, and volunteer boards; must have received recognition from managers and peers for demonstrating leadership skills and standards in the workplace; and be enthusiastic in their commitment to promoting and growing with the community, region and State. Individuals are nominated for the award by someone from within the Chamber membership and all applications are reviewed by the Chamber Board of Directors.

“It has been great to see how Evan has grown as a leader both in the company and in the community,” commented Brook Stephens, South Dakota General Manager. “I am excited for Evan to have received this award.”

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 animals (complete with a live horse), how to deal with strangers, police procedures (including trying on handcuffs and exploring a police car), and how to be safe around heavy equipment and PTOs.

Patti Were, Josh Wooledge, Brandon Mehrer, Ian Zimmerman, Jeremy Birdsell and the rest of the team at the Washburn store helped with the preparation for the event and with the demonstrations.

Wanda Schneider, Office Administrator, Washburn noted, “The kids got a lot of good information and we kept them very busy all day with lots of fun, smiles and giggles. And most importantly, we hopefully showed them how to keep from getting hurt.”

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

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 Moorhead, who has been with RDO Equipment Co. for two years. He graduated from Enderlin, ND and was very active in his school’s FFA program. He participated in Ag Mechanics for four years. His senior year of high school, his Ag Mechanics team of three individuals won the state competition and participated in Nationals, taking third place. Ag Mechanics includes anything from setting up a GPS for combines, to picking the right sprayer nozzles for a self-propelled sprayer, to figuring out the area of a golf course and deciding how much fertilizer is needed, to repairs on small engines.

Kody said he always knew he wanted to go into mechanics, and his school’s FFA program was a great option. “I knew that the FFA was the organization in our school that I could compete on a large level with mechanics.”

After graduating at M|State in Detroit Lakes, MN and working at RDO Equipment Co., he sees the value of his employer supporting the FFA. “It’s a really big deal. To be able to sit at the state convention in front of 1,500 people, and see RDO Equipment Co.’s name on banners is awesome. It’s great to see our company so visible within the FFA.”

According to the FFA Foundation and Association, participation in the Star Program gives an organization the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to tomorrow’s leaders in the agriculture industry, while gaining valuable recruitment and exposure at major events.
Tamra Maddock, North Dakota FFA Foundation Assistant Director, commented, “We’ve loved partnering with RDO Equipment Co. and providing an avenue for our students to connect with your organization.”

Texas Managers Grow Beards for Babies

Texas Managers Grow Beards for Babies

RDO Equipment Co. Texas Managers Grow Beards for Babies

Back in September, a beard growing challenge was issued during a Regional Training event between RDO Equipment Co.- Texas managers. In true “Play to Win!” spirit, the group decided to make it a friendly competition – for charity – to see who could grow the ‘best’ beard.

The rules were simple: managers could start growing their beards that day, and the contest would wrap up the end of November. To participate, each manager pitched in $100, and they could receive pledges from friends, family members, and coworkers for as long as they kept the beard. At the end of the timeframe, the judges would review a “before and after” photo to select the best beard. 30% of the donation pool would be donated to the selected charity in the first place winner’s name; 20% of the pool would be donated in the second place winner’s name; and the remaining donation would be made on behalf of RDO Equipment Co. employees.

The group decided to donate all funds raised to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This children’s hospital provides care for children across the state of Texas and impacts a large number of families.

After weeks of pledges and beard growing, the challenge came to a close. JR Gilliam, General Manager in Irving, was named the overall best beard winner, with Mike Miller, RDO Integrated Controls Regional Sales Manager, in second place.

In total, the friendly beard growing contest raised $9,480 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jennifer Kimble, Regional Marketing Manager for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, commented, “This is an amazing number! We are so appreciative of RDO Equipment Co. and look forward to our continued partnerships.”

“The Beards for Babies challenge was an awesome event for the Texas management team and the charity it supported, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  We are all proud of the support that was shown throughout the months of competition and how the fundraising success exhibited strong teamwork within the region,” commented Daryl Shelton, Texas Vice President.

RDO Equipment Co. has John Deere Construction dealerships in Austin, Fort Worth, Irving, Laredo, New Braunfels, and Waco. They will open a new store in McKinney in fall 2014.

Fontana Partners with Police Department’s K9 Unit for Toy Drive

Fontana Partners with Police Department’s K9 Unit for Toy Drive

Fontana Partners with Police Department’s K9 Unit for Toy Drive

Over the holiday season, the Fontana store held a toy drive and partnered with the Fontana Police Department K9 unit. As an incentive for customers to participate, the store offered a $15 coupon off their next purchase. 

The store gets parts from the factory in large stock boxes, so their goal was to fill up one box. Team members alone filled up roughly 1.5 boxes, and then with the support of RDO Equipment Co. customers, another 1.5 boxes were filled.

Colby Gergovich, Regional Aftermarket Manager, added, “I was extremely impressed with the efforts of the entire team and I know we made some very sick kids and families who will be spending Christmas in the hospital really happy.” 

Duane Bonini, General Manager – Southern California, commented, “I believe this was one of our best events ever, as there was great participation from the employees and some customers really got into it! We were very surprised at the size of the donations from our customers and it was a great feeling to make a child's Christmas a little brighter.”

Aberdeen Gives to Ronald McDonald House

Aberdeen Gives to Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House is an organization that many of our stores have become involved in, whether it has been volunteering their time to prepare a meal, donating a meal, or donating overall funds.

This past month, the Aberdeen store gave back to the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls, SD (which is their nearest Ronald McDonald House). The store provided a meal, which included pulled pork sandwiches, taco soup, cookies, fruit cups, and veggie tray. In addition, Nick Kallhoff, Parts Manager, presented a check which represented funds that had been donated throughout the entire year.

The Ronald McDonald House was very appreciative of the support. Janet Krueger, who works at the house, commented that so many of their families aren’t local Sioux Falls residents, so to receive support from the communities of the families was so nice.

Nick said, “I met families from Aberdeen and surrounding communities who were staying at the house, and they were so appreciative of the food – one of the mothers staying there said it was the best meal they’d had in months.”

He added, “It was a nice feeling being able to do something for the families there. Listening to their stories of heartache and the stresses and miracles they have witnessed is truly moving.”

Southwest Construction and RDO Integrated Controls Host Two Successful Roadshows

Southwest Construction and RDO Integrated Controls Host Two Successful Roadshows

Southwest Construction and RDO Integrated Controls Host Two Successful Roadshows

In December, the SWCE and RDOIC teams hosted two very successful Total Solutions Roadshow events for customers. The goal of these events was to showcase the available services and solutions provided by RDO Equipment Co. and get hands-on with the equipment and technology to see the benefits first-hand.

Each Roadshow featured extensive work by team members to prepare the stores and demo sites. Each featured door prizes (and a grand prize of a John Deere gun safe) as well as a BBQ lunch.

“Both events were a phenomenal success. The hard work the teams put into making this happen was evident. Contractors that I spoke with at the events were very impressed in the total solutions we displayed. They see us as one company and it was nice to have an event that enforced that. Everyone who participated in putting this together should be very proud of what they accomplished,” commented Dennis Howard, Southern Construction Vice President.

Riverside Roadshow: December 5, 2013
The Southern California RDOIC team partnered with the Southwest Construction team to demonstrate the latest in Topcon technology and John Deere equipment at the Riverside store. More than 30 companies attended the event, with a constant flow of customers into the demo area to get hands-on with the equipment. In addition to the RDO Equipment Co. story, the RDOIC story, and Topcon technology featured, Alan Rakow, Power Plant Technology Specialist, did a special presentation on 2014 Carb Emissions update, which generated multiple questions from both presentation sessions. 

Tim Houchens, RDOIC Regional Sales Manager, commented, “The Riverside Total Solutions Roadshow was a huge success and win for both RDO Equipment Co. and our customers. Customers were able to see our equipment and technology at work in a fun, relaxed environment.  In addition, the show prep gave us an opportunity to develop a demo site in the Riverside yard, which we will continue to utilize for demonstrations."

The event featured a significant amount of equipment on display and available for demo, and included:

  • Dozer: JD750K: Twin Antenna MC2 dozer system
  • Dozer: JD850K: Single Antenna MC2 dozer system
  • Dozer: JD650K: I33 Topcon System
  • Grader: JD772GP: Twin antenna MC2 with mmGPS
  • Excavator: Hitachi 245G: X63 GPS Topcon System
  • Excavator: Hitachi 35G: X22 2D Topcon System
  • Haul truck: JD410E: HT30 Topcon System
  • Sakai SW800: Intelligent Compaction System
  • Mobile Mapper Truck
  • GR5 Base & Rover Station
  • Robotic Total Station and Laser Station
  • Sitelink Jobsite Management Software

Tucson Roadshow: December 10, 2013
The Arizona RDOIC and Construction teams held a joint product Roadshow at a site near the Tucson store. The event was attended by more than 75 individuals, representing 30+ companies throughout the Arizona territory.

Mike Oberbillig, RDOIC Regional Sales Manager, commented, “The teamwork between both divisions of the company was great to see and truly showed the customers the advantages of doing business with RDO Equipment Co. in Arizona.”

Equipment on display and available for demo included:

  • Dozer: JD764: Twin Antenna MC2 dozer system
  • Dozer: JD850K: Single Antenna MC2 dozer system
  • Dozer: JD750J: I33 Topcon System
  • Grader: JD772GP: Twin antenna MC2 with System 5 Sonic Tracker
  • Excavator: JD210G: X63 GPS Topcon System
  • Excavator: JD35D: X22 2D Topcon System
  • Haul truck: JD410E: HT30 Topcon System
  • Mobile Mapper Truck
  • Sitelink Jobsite Management Software
January 24, 2014  |  Category: Events

Williston Collects Food for Local Food Bank

The Williston store held its first Holiday Food Drive. The collected food was given to the local Food Bank serving Western North Dakota.

All store employees were encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, and the participation from employees – and customers – was great.

Cash Wish, a local grocery store, worked with the Williston store to get a spectacular deal on a few pallets of food as well.

Lizz Wentz, Office Administrator, and who was the driving force behind the food drive, commented, “We would like to thank everyone who participated in making it a very Merry Christmas for a lot of families in need in our community.”

Keith Kreps Elected NDIDA Chairman

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 serving in many management and executive roles.

The North Dakota Implement Dealers Association (NDIDA), headquartered in Fargo, ND, is the statewide trade association for approximately 125 major line and shortline farm equipment dealers. The mission of NDIDA is to promote the general welfare of its dealer members by providing a timely source of industry information, representing dealer interests in government regulation and legislation, enhancing dealer and employee education, supporting equitable dealer/manufacturer relations and offering specific business-related services which enhance the profitability of dealer members.
 

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 construction dealerships in the South Federal District of the country.

In addition to learning more about the construction business in the US, the Russian customers also wanted to spend time with a large contractor operating John Deere construction equipment and visit an RDO Equipment Co. construction store.

Alexander Potafeev is General Manager of YugSpetsStroy and Pavel Shabalokov is General Manager of Avega. Both large Russian construction companies, YugSpetsStroy operates 200 units of CE equipment and Avega has 5,000 employees with more than 50 CE units. Both customers are expecting to make large purchases before the end of 2013.

The RDO Equipment Co. – Phoenix team decided to have the Russian customers visit Mark’s Valley Grading, located just outside Phoenix. Mark’s Valley Grading, owned by Donald “Mark” Haight, specializes in excavation and demolition. The company was founded in 1993 with one dump truck and grade tractor. Twenty years later, they own over 100 pieces of excavation and demolition equipment and specialize in commercial and residential work.

During the visit, the Russian visitors were intrigued by the operation, including what products could be produced, where Valley Grading sources material, and what material existed in the landfill when he purchased it in 1993.

Alexander and Pavel asked Mark why he preferred RDO Equipment Co. and John Deere equipment over the competition, particularly CAT.

“Mark attributed a large part of his success to RDO Equipment Co.’s flexibility and creativity in providing quality equipment with financing programs that meet his needs,” said Jon Wilson, RDO Equipment Co. Sales Professional.

He added, “While no customer/dealer relationship is free from challenges, Mark stated that our willingness to work tirelessly to provide solutions when issues arise is what keeps him coming back.”

Dennis Howard, Vice President of Southwest Construction, said, “It was fun to get to experience the Russian customers. They had a lot of interest in how we perform work, especially road work.”

Dennis also commented on a difference in perspective of the Russian customers. “Alexander and Pavel always asked our customers, ‘Why do you buy John Deere?’ and our customers would start by explaining their RDO Equipment Co. relationship.”

He added, “Overall, it was a great experience for the entire Phoenix team, and we’re excited we had the opportunity to help our partner in Russia.”

Billings Team Members Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Billings Team Members Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Billings Team Members Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Ray Belmontez, Parts Warehouse Specialist, helped organize fellow team members to give their eight hours of Community Time to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Ray has a friend who is part of the organization in Billings and he thought it would be a great way for a construction dealer to give back at a build site.

Six Billings team members assisted for one day. There was paperwork and a morning orientation, but after that, they were put to work. They volunteered in November – so the morning began with a freezing cold temperature but warmed up to nearly 50 degrees.

Individuals who volunteered with Ray included Cindy Villas, RDOE Service Administrator; Josh Harris, RDOE Parts Manager; Eric Bechtold, RDOE General Manager; Brad Lindeman, RDOIC Parts Specialist; and Mike Tonn, RDOIC Modeling Product Specialist.

The RDO Equipment Co. team was responsible for hanging vinyl siding. According to Ray, the Habitat people were very helpful and instructed the proper way to put up siding.

“We learned a lot about this organization and what they do for those less fortunate in our community. When the day was done, our team had a sense of pride for what we had accomplished. I look forward to assisting this organization again,” said Ray.

He added, “The Habitat for Humanity organization has chapters across the country – I highly recommend fellow RDO Equipment Co. team members to get out and volunteer. It’s truly an unforgettable experience.”

Northern Ag Expo a Successful Agri-Business Event for RDO Equipment Co.

Northern Ag Expo a Successful Agri-Business Event for RDO Equipment Co.

Northern Ag Expo a Successful Agri-Business Event for RDO Equipment Co.

In early December, RDO Equipment Co. had a booth at the Northern Ag Expo in Fargo, ND. The Northern Ag Expo is organized by the North Dakota Agricultural Association. Along with several booths, agri-business classes are held with topics ranging from crop production strategies to new technology.

The RDO Equipment Co. booth featured a Field Connect System, a screen set up with MyJohnDeere.com, and employees there to answer questions regarding Wireless Data Transfer, GPS, JDLink, and more.

“It is our intention to be leaders in technology amongst John Deere dealers and this was an excellent opportunity to showcase our expertise in this area with our Product Specialist team,” said Jeff Lemna, Director of Customer Support.

 

December 28, 2013  |  Category: Events
Livermore Clears Unwanted Bushes for Local Parks District

Livermore Clears Unwanted Bushes for Local Parks District

Livermore Clears Unwanted Bushes for Local Parks District

In their search for community service projects, Livermore Shop Foreman Frank Gouveia contacted the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD) and received a request for help in removing several non-native Oleander bushes lining the entrance to Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton, CA.

A total of 10 enormous bushes needed to be removed. Each bush was 15 to 20 feet in diameter and just as high. The task took two days to complete. The first crew consisted of Frank, Trevor Ferris, Parts Specialist, and Matt Bolt, Service Advisor, and they cleared six bushes. The remaining four bushes were cleared by Erin List, Office Administrator, JJ Reyes, Parts Specialist, Mark Meyer, Account Manager, and Tony Rego, Service Technician. This group also brought a Vermeer BC1000XL chipper for the park maintenance crew to chip up the mountain of brush that had been removed.

Frank said, “Both groups of employees were a little sore after the hard work, but enjoyed some friendly ribbing about which group did the most work.”

Brandon Kyse, General Manager, added, “This project was especially challenging due to union regulations which did not allow power tools to remove the bushes. While the thought of Frank with an axe is a bit daunting, he did an outstanding job spearheading this opportunity with LARPD. It proved to be a great volunteer and team building activity.”

Tucson Donates 75 Turkeys to Local Cause

Tucson Donates 75 Turkeys to Local Cause

Tucson Donates 75 Turkeys to Local Cause

For the second year in a row, RDO Equipment Co. – Tucson had the pleasure to donate to Kristi's Kids Season 4 Hope Drive, through KVOA News 4. The turkeys will be donated to the Tucson Community Food Bank.

Tucson team members loaded the bucket of a John Deere unit with the turkeys and then delivered them to the KVOA donation site.

“The Kristi’s Kids Season 4 Hope Drive generates a great deal of goodwill in the Tucson community, and it’s a pleasure to work with Kristi on various community programs,” commented Bill Hitchcock, Store Manager.

Sunnyside Hosts Customer Appreciation Dinner

Sunnyside Hosts Customer Appreciation Dinner

Sunnyside Hosts Customer Appreciation Dinner

On Friday, November 15, the Sunnyside store held its annual after-harvest customer appreciation dinner. The event was a huge success, with more than 365 in attendance.

The event featured a catered BBQ dinner, face painting and a bounce house for the kids, and several drawings for door prizes for those in attendance.

“Our customers and employees look forward to this event each year, where we can celebrate the end of another harvest. Our team puts in a lot of hard work to make a successful event, and we were all very pleased with our turnout,” said Travis Hanger, Store Manager.

December 23, 2013  |  Category: Events
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 with a victory on the second game.

The stores plan to play each other again soon and hope to make it a regular event.

“Both employees and family members had a great time, and it was a great opportunity to get to know each other better,” commented Shelbie Harris, Yuma Receptionist.

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. Watsonville is a great area with tremendous potential for growth,” commented Matt.

“Matt has exhibited great leadership and a strong work ethic. He will undoubtedly lead the Watsonville team and continue to grow the store’s business,” commented Craig Kleindl, Regional General Manager.

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, operator trainers, distributors, and manufacturers.

"The Under 40 in Construction Equipment Awards showcase young talent in the construction equipment industry," said Rod Sutton, editorial director. "These young people, all under the age of 40 as of the end of the year, represent exciting potential for this industry.”

Shawn Paschke, Moorhead Customer Support Advisor, was named to the list. He has been with RDO Equipment Co. since October 2011. Shawn will attend an awards dinner at CONEXPO in March 2014 and will meet the other award winners along with the editor of Construction Equipment magazine.

“I enjoy working with our customers and strive to assist them with their needs. I have enjoyed my time with RDO Equipment Co. and am excited to see where this role and this award can take me,” said Shawn.

Imperial Builds Team Camaraderie during Parade and Cook-off

Imperial Builds Team Camaraderie during Parade and Cook-off

Imperial Builds Team Camaraderie during Parade and Cook-off

The Imperial team recently participated in the Brawley, CA 57th Annual Cattle Call Parade and Chili Cook-off. This event brings in roughly 20,000 people from all around Imperial County and concludes with a weekend of Rodeo fun for all to enjoy.

This was the store’s first year of participation and although they didn’t place in any of the awards, they had a great time and received very positive feedback on their chili and presentation during the Parade.  

“Our store had a great weekend during the parade and Chili Cook-off,” commented Joe Castillo, Store Manager. “We can’t wait to participate again next year!”

Northern California Stores Donate Coats

Northern California Stores Donate Coats

Northern California Stores Donate Coats

Fowler, Livermore, and Sacramento team members donated 80 winter jackets for the third annual Lyon Coat Drive. Organized by a local real estate company, the stores’ employees collected new or gently used adult and children’s coats. The coats were distributed to local charities, including a homeless ministry.

Steve Carpenter, with Lyon Real Estate, commented, “It is people like those at your company who make it possible to help the less fortunate. You have truly made a difference in their lives. Your efforts to rally on such short notice and gather so many coats is a testament to your generosity, community support, and kind hearts!”

Brandon Kyse, General Manager, added, “This was a great opportunity for all the stores in the region to work together and give back to the community.”

Webster Participates in Holiday Food Drive

Webster Participates in Holiday Food Drive

Webster Participates in Holiday Food Drive

The Webster store participated in their second annual food drive for their local food pantry. Everyone at the store was encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate.

“It really feels good when we all can get together and donate such a large amount of food to those in need during this holiday season,” commented Vern Johnson, Store Manager.

When team members delivered the food they had donated, the food bank was extremely appreciative. This is a holiday tradition the store plans to continue.

Tucson Gets Involved in Pecan Festival

Tucson Gets Involved in Pecan Festival

Tucson Gets Involved in Pecan Festival

The Green Valley Pecan Co.’s 5,000 acre pecan orchard is the world’s largest irrigated pecan orchard. They grow and process pecans that are world renowned for their farm to table freshness.

On Saturday, November 9 in Sahuarita, AZ Green Valley Pecan Co. held its 5th annual Pecan Festival. The Tucson store was asked to be a sponsor of this recognized event that included tractor pulls and harvest demonstrations along with a 10 mile foot race through the orchard and several other events.

Byron Roberts, Parts Manager, and Craig Summers, Sales Professional, displayed a John Deere 310SK back hoe, 329E skid steer, and 672G motor grader. 

“Several RDO Equipment Co. customers and employees had a great time at this community event. More than 100 kids enjoyed getting their photos taken on the equipment. We handed out more than 350 RDO Equipment Co. hats and it was great to see everyone wearing our company name throughout the entire event,” commented Byron.

Salinas Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Salinas Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Salinas Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

After a suggestion from Salinas team member Homer Diaz, Parts Specialist, the store decided to wear pink shirts every Friday for the month of October to show support for breast cancer awareness.

Fifteen team members wore their pink shirts every Friday and many customers noticed. IN fact, several customers asked if the store had extra shirts to sell!

The store already has plans for how to further support breast cancer awareness next October by looking into fundraiser ideas – and of course, more pink shirts.

“It was something very simple that we chose to do, yet very impactful,” said Kate Short, Store Manager.

Austin Donates to Project Care Case

Austin Donates to Project Care Case

Austin Donates to Project Care Case

In the Austin community, when a child arrives at his or her first foster placement, it’s often with their belongings (if any) in a garbage or plastic grocery bag. And, if they are in multiple foster family placements, they may not even have the same pillow and blanket to sleep on as they did the night before. They often have limited personal items, and almost nothing to call their very own.

On behalf of the entire store, the Austin Great Place to Work Committee purchased 32 suitcases for the children, as well as 20 outfits, 10 blankets, 10 pillows, and 15 teddy bears. The store spent $1,100 on these items and roughly two weeks gathering the items in order to provide an impactful, successful donation.

Cory Kosse, General Manager, stated, “Our team continues to find great ways to help those in need in our community and Project Care Case is another prime example. Donating the items to Project Care Case is a great way to help the children as they transition from home to home during very difficult times.”

“I was very pleased on how much our store was able to purchase for Project Care Case, and the founder of Project Care Case was very thankful for our donation. It’s a great feeling to know that the company I work for cares so much about our communities,” commented Charlotte Rios, Receptionist, and member of the Great Place to Work Committee.

RDO Caters Taters is another Record Breaking Event

RDO Caters Taters is another Record Breaking Event

RDO Caters Taters is another Record Breaking Event

On November 7th, Fargo/Moorhead area R.D. Offutt Company and RDO Equipment Co. team members hosted the 14th annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity, benefiting Project Ignite Light. The event was a huge success, serving more than 2,680 guests during the two hour luncheon, and resulting in $49,606 raised for the benefitting charity.

Project Ignite Light is a non-profit organization that provides children across the region with a “Bag of Hope” when they are examined at local Children’s Advocacy Centers for sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. Each bag contains items that the child may keep including a blanket, clean pajamas, and a flashlight. The goal of the bags is to provide items to the young victims that will give them a sense of normalcy and control during difficult times.

At the event, guests were served a one Pound-tato (a gigantic, one pound baked potato), with a choice of toppings, beverage, and dessert, all for a ticket price of $6. The event also featured a popular Take Out area, a raffle, door prizes, sales of fresh bagged potatoes, and an appearance by the event’s mascot, Tommy Tater.

"Over the last five years, Project Ignite Light has helped more than 5,000 children of abuse. This simply would not be possible without support from our local communities,” commented Pebbles Thompson, Project Ignite Light Founder. “RDO has provided continuous support through blanket donations, pajama drives, and financial support. What a blessing it is for Project Ignite Light to be chosen for the RDO Caters Taters event. We are so thankful and excited for RDO's partnership and commitment to help children in need.”

Phoenix Assists Homes 4 Wounded Warriors Organization

Phoenix Assists Homes 4 Wounded Warriors Organization

Phoenix Assists Homes 4 Wounded Warriors Organization

The Phoenix store recently loaned a skid steer to Jared Allen’s Homes 4 Wounded Warriors. This group is a non-profit organization that was created to help raise money to build or modify the homes of American’s injured Military Veterans from across the country.

Adam Gilbertson, RDOIC Northern General Manager, read an article this summer about the challenges this organization was having lining up corporate sponsors. A military veteran himself, the charity resonated with Adam, and after doing some research, he reached out to Alex Karalexis with Homes 4 Wounded Warriors to see how RDO Equipment Co. could possibly help.

Homes 4 Wounded Warriors was in need of a skid steer to help with the landscaping for a home they purchased for Sgt. Kenneth Chaplin in Phoenix. Ken lost both of his legs below the knees and suffered traumatic brain injury from an IED attack during dismounted patrol in Al Anbar Province Iraq. Ken currently lives in a low income housing apartment on a second level without an elevator or wheelchair ramps. His apartment is small and cramped and impossible for Ken to use his wheelchair, leaving him with only the option of crawling on the floors when his legs are in pain from prosthetics. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors purchased a home for Ken and are beginning the process of upgrades to include widening of doorways, wheelchair ramps, an open kitchen, a handicap-accessible bathroom, and safe walkways on the property.

Dennis Karre, Sales Professional, and Mike Carr, Parts Specialist, were able to visit the home to see the progress being done on the house. They used the skid steer to grade the backyard and remove a lot of dirt from the property.

Alex shared, “On behalf of Jared Allen and everyone here at the foundation, I would like to thank RDO Equipment Co. and their employees for your continued support of Jared Allen’s Homes 4 Wounded Warriors. We had a recent need for a skid steer, so I called Adam Gilbertson in Bloomington, MN. In a matter of hours, I received a phone call from the Phoenix store to let me know that a skid steer was ready to use at no cost to the foundation.”

He continued, “It is teamwork like this that allows us to build as many homes as possible for disabled veterans. Thank you, RDO Equipment Co., for your commitment to our foundation and we look forward to working with you on future projects.”
Mike commented, “A big thanks to Adam Gilbertson for getting us in contact with such a worthy organization. We look forward to working with Jared Allen’s Homes 4 Wounded Warriors again.”

Ehrenberg’s Open House Huge Success

Ehrenberg’s Open House Huge Success

Ehrenberg’s Open House Huge Success
Ehrenberg held an Open House on October 30 to celebrate a new store remodel, along with significant years of service anniversaries for Mike Hudson, Account Manager (35 years), and Jeff McConnell, Store Manager (30 years). In addition, the event celebrated the retirement of Peggy Wright, Office Manager, who has spent 42 years at RDO Equipment Co.

Roughly 100 people attended and filled the showroom. Customers had great things to say about the many improvements, and the RDO Equipment Co. team spirit was evident by the number of employees from other stores who came to show their support.

The team found the event to be extremely successful. Everyone had a great time and there were many positive things said about the remodel; valuable networking took place among employees and customers; and no one left hungry thanks to their catered BBQ meal.

The store gives special thanks to Shelbie Harris and Linda Huffman, Yuma, for all their assistance in planning and preparing for the Open House, including food, decorations, and candy bags for the kids.

“Our team members did a fantastic job preparing for this event, and our hard work truly was on display for our fellow team members and customers,” said Jeff McConnell. He added, “In addition, everyone was very appreciative of the support and attendance from our Senior Leadership, including Christi Offutt, CEO, and Davin Peterson, Vice President – Western Ag, and the support of Ian Carey, Regional General Manager, throughout the entire remodel.”

November 30, 2013  |  Category: Events
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 worked in the service department before taking a role as Parts Manager and Sales roles.

“I have enjoyed working with our customers and developing strong relationships with them throughout the years. On some farms, I’m working with the third generation, and I enjoy that. Working at RDO Equipment Co. has been a good experience. I’ve witnessed a lot of changes over the years, but the Core Values have always stayed the same.”

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 in Aberdeen.

“I am very excited to work with the Account Managers in South Dakota,” said JD. “I also look forward to furthering relationships with our customers in this area.”

Brook Stephens, Regional General Manager, added, “JD is very passionate about our business and our Stakeholders and I am excited to have him take on this new Regional role.”

Kate Short Named Salinas Store Manager

Kate Short Named Salinas Store Manager

Kate Short has been named the new Salinas Store Manager. She started in April as a Product Specialist Supervisor. Prior to RDO Equipment Co., she has 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry, having worked with several area growers and an irrigation company.

“We have a dynamic group of individuals at our location and I believe we are going to be able to take our Salinas store to the next level in 2014, and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” commented Kate.

“I’m excited to see Kate in her new role. Since her start in April she has brought leadership, team engagement, and a wealth of customer and industry knowledge. Her passion for our Stakeholders will be the foundation of her success in the role,” said Craig Kleindl, Regional General Manager.

Jerry Gonzalez Named Laredo Store Manager

Jerry Gonzalez Named Laredo Store Manager

Jerry Gonzalez has been named Laredo Store Manager. Jerry was most recently a Sales Professional, and has been with the company for nearly five years.

“I have learned about our customers, our employees, and our organization. RDO Equipment Co. is a great place to work and I am pleased to take this new role and lead our store to a more successful future,” commented Jerry.

He added, “We recently moved into our new facility and the entire Laredo team is thrilled with the new space. Our customers are also pleased as they enter our store and feel very welcome.”

Shane Brownlow, General Manager, said, “Jerry will do a great job leading the Laredo team. They have set many goals for the upcoming year, and I am confident that this team will succeed.”

November 26, 2013  |  Category:

Laredo Hosts Grand Opening Event

Laredo Hosts Grand Opening Event

On October 24, RDO Equipment Co. held a Grand Opening event to showcase their new facility. The event was very successful, with roughly 200 attendees, including the Mayor of Laredo and the district’s State Representative.

The store gave away several door prizes, including a 650K monthly rental, a John Deere gun safe, and a Yeti cooler. They also had a Topcon/750K dozer demonstration.

“The entire Laredo team worked very hard to put the event together,” said Shane Brownlow, General Manager.

November 25, 2013  |  Category: Events

RDO Equipment Co. Announces Acquisition of Water Tech Ag Supply

FARGO, N.D. – RDO Equipment Co. announces the acquisition of Water Tech Ag Supply, a California-based company that provides total agricultural irrigation solutions ranging from aluminum pipe, PVC pipe, booster pumps, and sand media filtration system rentals, to irrigation design services and pipe and pump repair. The company has locations in Brawley, Escondido, Indio, Oxnard, Salinas, and Santa Maria, California, and Yuma, Arizona. The acquisition was effective November 1, 2013.

“This acquisition is a significant strategic move for RDO Equipment Co.,” said Christi Offutt, CEO. “Our customer stakeholders will benefit from the newly expanded solutions we will offer.”

RDO Equipment Co. Announces New McKinney, Texas Location

RDO Equipment Co. announces the company will open a new store in McKinney, Texas next year. With six current locations in the state, the McKinney store will provide additional service and support to north Texas customers and complement RDO Equipment Co.’s Irving location.

The new 30,000 sq. ft. location will offer sales, parts, service, and rental of John Deere heavy construction equipment. The store will be designed to achieve LEED Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). RDO Equipment Co. plans to open the McKinney location by fall 2014.

Daryl Shelton, RDO Equipment Co. Vice President of Texas, stated, “The additional north Texas location furthers our commitment to our customers and allows us to expand our overall services and product support capabilities in an expanding market.  We look forward to growing our close-knit team into an additional location and serving the McKinney community for many years to come.”

Burnsville VER and Burnsville CE Partner for Local Organization

The Burnsville VER and Burnsville CE stores donated equipment and time for the local organization, Pets Loyal 2 Vets. The Construction store donated a John Deere mini excavator and Kelly Wicks, Burnsville VER Regional Sales Coordinator, donated his time to dig a trench for drain tile.

Pets Loyal 2 Vets is a federally registered, Minnesota based non-profit organization whose mission is to connect homeless dogs free of charge with disabled Minnesota veterans treated for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and physical assault traumas.
Service Administrator Denise Kadrlik belongs to “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River Chapter” and they mentioned that “Pets Loyal 2 Vets” were looking for volunteers to help out with the construction of their new building.

The organization wrote the store’s a thank you, saying: I wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for the equipment and operator assistance you helped arrange through RDO Equipment Co. We finished our project on Saturday morning just 30 minutes before the rain moved through. We really owe a lot of gratitude to RDO Equipment Co. for coming through and helping save us weeks of digging by hand and blisters to match. RDO Equipment Co. is a shining example of a company extending their services throughout their community to organizations that serve Minnesota veterans, and for that, we graciously thank you.”

Steve Rosenow, Burnsville (VER) General Manager commented, “I’m very grateful of our employees here who are willing to provide their time to support our Veterans and to RDO Equipment Co. for giving us the opportunities to give back to our communities.”

Webster Teams Up with Local 4-H Chapter for Pumpkin Fest Parade

Webster Teams Up with Local 4-H Chapter for Pumpkin Fest Parade

On Saturday, October 12, Webster Area Chamber Of Commerce sponsored a “Pumpkin Fest,” which included games for kids, craft booths, a baking contest, lunch, a giant pumpkin contest, and to end the festivities of the day, a parade of lights which started at 7 p.m. 

Parade entries were encouraged to decorate their floats with pumpkins and as many lights as possible.  The Webster store teamed up with a local 4-H club which included 21 kids to help make and pull a float in the “Parade of Lights.” The kids threw candy from the float and had a great time.

“We had a fun time working with the 4-H kids and their families, and we were proud to be part of this community event,” said Vern Johnson, Webster Store Manager.

Burnsville (CE) Participates in Day of the Dozer

Burnsville (CE) Participates in Day of the Dozer

The Burnsville (CE) store participated in the Day of the Dozer event that was held as a fundraiser for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. The Day of the Dozer was set up so kids of all ages could get a ride on construction equipment and actually see it work while riding in the cab. The event had operators from many local companies and dealers that donated their time and equipment. The event had everything from a skid steer to an ADT. Along with the ride along, there was also a static display of equipment that the kids could sit in and get their hands on.

RDO Equipment Co. supplied an 872GP motor grader and a 244J compact loader. Ryan Miller, Sales Coordinator volunteered his time and gave over 100 rides on the grader. “It was cool to see all the smiles on the kids’ faces and give them a chance to actually get in these machines and see how they operate.”

The weather was a little wet, but there were still over 400 attendees at the event. “Children’s Hospitals and Clinics is a great organization and we were glad to be able to donate machines and volunteers to help raise money for this organization,” said Scott Weness, Sales Manager.

FSO Community Responsibility Committee Raises Money for Worthy Charity

For the second year in a row, the Field Support Office’s Community Responsibility Committee (CRC), along with the Events/GPTW Committee, hosted a bake sale for a selected charity in the Fargo/Moorhead community.

The selected charity this year was the local chapter of Up with Downs, with a mission “to serve as a clearinghouse for information on Down Syndrome and other disabilities to be exchanged in an open and relaxed atmosphere for parents, friends, relatives, educations and caregivers of children with Down syndrome and other disabilities.”

The bake sale was held at both FSO locations (Fargo and Moorhead). With nearly 230 employees between the FSO – Fargo and FSO – Moorhead, the event was very successful. Members of the CRC donated baked goods, and a free will offering was collected. Clients of Up with Downs helped work at the event as well.

The bake sale was a huge success and raised $750 for the organization. Representatives from Up with Downs came to the FSO – Fargo to accept the check.

Marsha Snyder, a member of the CRC, stated, “The charity was so appreciative of our donation. Thanks to all who helped organize, bake, setup, worked a shift, cleaned up, and purchased goodies. We could not have done this without your support.”

Livermore Joins Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Livermore Joins Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Livermore team members Frank Gouveia, Service Technician; Ryan Scott, Regional Aftermarket Manager; Erin List, Office Administrator; Mark Meyer, Account Manager, along with family and friends participated in the annual California Coastal Cleanup day held on September 21. This event started in 1985 with almost 2,500 volunteers. This year’s event, which featured cleanup efforts at 850 different sites in 55 of the state’s 58 counties, focused on picking up trash from the coastal beaches and waterways and collected more than 501,748 pounds (251 tons) of trash and recyclables with the help of over 51,000 volunteers. The number one item picked up was once again cigarette butts.
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The Livermore group chose to help clean Waddell Creek beach near Santa Cruz. A total of 65 pounds of trash and 5 pounds of recyclables were collected at this beach. After the cleanup, the Livermore group headed to a nearby Visitor’s Center for a lunch.

Frank commented, “Everyone commented on how much fun they had and how good it made them feel to help. This was a great team building event working side by side with members from other departments you don’t get to see all the time.”

Prescott Gets Involved

Prescott Gets Involved

Throughout the past month, the Prescott store participated in various activities and events in their community. Here are some of the highlights.

X Run
On September 21, Rick Levine, Sales Professional, his daughter Julie, and several customers from the City of Prescott and Asphalt Paving & Supply participated in the X Run. The X Run was a 5K obstacle course walk/run that consisted of a combination of trails, hills, mud, and obstacles. The Prescott store also donated the use of a John Deere 624J loader and a 290D excavator to assist the organizers in preparing the course for event.

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities and the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Yavapai County Fair
What better way to celebrate the Fair Centennial than to spend some time at the Yavapai County Fair, which is exactly what some of the Prescott store employees did. Carl Niblett, Store Manager; Rick Levine, Sales Professional; Johnny Nelson, Parts Specialist; and Sherry Smith, Transactional Account Manager spent some quality time with each other and many members of the community during the 4-day event answering questions about the Gators, mowers and tractors the store had on display. A drawing was held on the last day of the fair and two lucky winners took home John Deere bicycles.

Sherry commented, “This was a great time to join with our community in celebrating the Fair’s Centennial.”

Touch-A-Truck
Employees of the Prescott store participated in the annual Touch-A-Truck on October 5. The event was sponsored by the Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation Department. Kids of all ages were given the opportunity to climb on, sit in, operate lights and honk the horns of all types and sizes of trucks and equipment. Prescott employees were kept busy helping the kids explore the RSX Gator, 1023R, 210K, and the 60D on display. The event brought smiles to the faces of all the kids and employees alike.

“It’s great that our team invests so much of their personal time into our local community,” said Carl.

Aberdeen Receives Bridge Builder Award

The Aberdeen store received the Bridge Builder Award from the Aberdeen Chamber. They were nominated for the award along with companies such as Avera St. Lukes, Sanford Health, Wheat Growers, and many others.

The Bridge Builder Award is presented to a business or organization demonstrating exceptional performance in collaboration between students from area educational institutions and their business or workplace. The award recognizes student workforce development opportunities such as internships, mentoring programs, job shadowing, apprenticeships, or other such offerings.

According to the Chamber, “Without bridges, the best-built roads lead nowhere and the best laid plans fail. This award acknowledges the bridges that have been built and the lifelong connections made. By providing students with opportunities in the region, we ultimately enhance our entire workforce and culture.”

Evan Fonder, Store Manager, said, “This award really speaks to our company’s commitment to growing our people from the ground up, and investing the resources for these types of programs. In the past few years we have been working closely with Northern State University and Lake Area Technical College to promote our internship and AYF programs. The idea that this commitment is starting to be recognized within our community gives us all a tremendous amount of pride.”

Fort Worth Donates Wagons to Children’s Hospital

Fort Worth Donates Wagons to Children’s Hospital

The Fort Worth store donated five wagons to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth in late September. The wagons will be used to take children who need surgery into the operating room. A lot of the employees helped to build the wagons for delivery.

Team Members that helped put the wagons together included: Mark Wandmacher, Service Technician; Kurt Graves, Parts Specialist; Jose Benavidez, Service Technician; Kyle Braswell, Sales Professional; Steven De La Fuente, Equipment Detailer; Ryan Sullivan, Shop Foreman; Kyle Lipka, Service Technician; Shawna Garza, Service Advisor; Cheyenne Chestnut, Receptionist; Jill Exum, Service Administrator; Matt Daniell, General Manager; and Troy Ferguson, Sales Coordinator.

The Children’s Hospital commented, “Thank you so much for your generous donation to the patients at Cook Children’s. The wagons will be loved and used by the patients. Wagons are in very high demand here, and are such a wonderful resource to help make the patients’ and families’ stay here more enjoyable. Your donation is meeting such a great need! I am always amazed by the generosity of our community, and I thank you for thinking of the patients. It is wonderful that you recognized a need and took steps to meet it.”

“Assembling the wagons was a great way to build camaraderie, while sharing our goal of supporting the community,” said Matt Daniell.

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 the project (in addition to his fiancée, who is also a GIS professional). Before they knew it, they were building a plan and collaborating to help accomplish the goals and vision of the project.

While UNC organized the efforts on their side, Nikolas started working with the RDOIC team to secure the technological devices necessary to properly complete the work at hand. Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and Laser Technologies Incorporated (LTI) were onboard with the donation of the use of a GLS-1500 Geodetic LiDAR Scanner and a Tru Pulse 360 handheld Laser Rangefinder.

The project, called Pryecto Arquelogico Colaborativo del Oriente de Yucatan Project (PACOY), has a general goal “to document archaeologically the households of the colonialized peoples who build the mission churches that still stand in testament to the dramatic social and political upheaval that accompanied Spanish incursions into the Yucatan.” They focused the project around mapping as the first primary tool to support the document. Not only does mapping provide a visual of what stands today, it gives hints about what used to stand. Between the technology available, knowledge of the study areas, and skills at hand, they were able to accomplish this.

Nikolas was asked to typographically map the site locations using a GLS-1500, a base and rover GR-3, and the LTI range finder. Using standard surveying techniques my team created a strong set of control and three individual base station locations. Each control and base corresponded to each other and to the environment surrounding the positions.

Using the GLS-1500, they were able to collect 150-500 meter coverage zones that each contained roughly 7.5 million points. These points were later classified, attributed, and used to create digital terrain models or DTMs. Above the grade the photos and points were used for asset identification and 3D modeling of ancient Maya and Catholic structures. To back up and to quality-assure the scanning, traditional GPS points were taken at all structure corners and on all items of interest.

During the next phase of the project, the data collected by the scanner will be used to predict subsurface collection zones. By carefully reviewing slight topographical changes and deviations on the ground’s surface, archaeologists will be able to synthesize possible habitation areas.
Furthermore, the data is also being used to create real virtual 3D models of important features among each site. These models will help preserve these features well beyond their tangible half-life. Using a technological device such as a geodetic scanner also allowed the team to have a “one and done” methodological approach to collection. This is due to the fact that further analysis could be done later in the lab and was not required to be done in the field. Because the scanner does not discriminate, they collected all the data needed.

“The experience was amazing. It was truly a pleasure to be able to utilize these cutting-edge technologies to assist with the overall goals of the project. In our fast-pace, business-orientated culture, it was rewarding to be able to help with something larger than just the normal construction or civil design project. While the project is nowhere near being completed, the scans provided a great start,” said Nikolas.

Nikolas was able to utilize Community Time to donate 8 hours of time to this project. He commented, “When I had heard that RDO Equipment Co. offered a Community Time program for employees as a way to help others, I knew it was something I wanted to do! Never before had I worked at a company that offered such a program and actually stuck to what they promised.”

He added, “Since day one, RDO Equipment Co. has discussed the importance of the company’s Core Values and the importance of community.  While my archaeological survey trip to Mexico was not in my local backyard of Phoenix, I appreciated the company’s understanding of the bigger picture of global cultural heritage.  It felt great to give my time to assist the scientists performing the project.  It felt even better to promote the product of Topcon, but more over I treasured the opportunity that RDO Equipment Co. assisted me with.”

Lakeside Hosts EGCC Dinner

The Lakeside store hosted the AGC Engineering & General Contractors Council Dinner Meeting in late September.

Jerry Sanders, who previously served as San Diego’s Mayor, addressed the group. Currently the CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Jerry provided his perspective on November’s Special Mayoral Election. Jerry has been involved in leading the business community’s election effort and detailed opinions concerning the candidates’ ability to get San Diego back on track.

Mike Fenton, General Manager, gave a brief history of RDO Equipment Co., with emphasis on developing and maintaining business relationships. He also spoke about how the Lakeside location is unique. Mike said, “We had a great turnout, including prospective customers.” He added, “Because of this meeting, our store has had excellent exposure.”

Founded in 1952, the Engineering & General Contractors Association (EGCC) represents general engineering contractors in San Diego County -- those doing sewer, water, storm drain, utilities, grading, paving, asphalt, concrete and road building for public and private work throughout San Diego and beyond.

October 20, 2013  |  Category: Events

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 a higher education program and complete at least a 9-week training curriculum
• After graduation, interns will transition into a Parts Apprentice position
• Reimbursement up to $5,000 upon graduation and full time employment

Learn more about our Access Your Future Programs on our Careers page for more information. 

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 Manager, Store Manager, and most recently, Regional Sales Manager for both Redfield and Rapid City.

“I am excited for this new opportunity to continue to work with the strong team in South Dakota. I look forward to our group continuing to be the best at providing solutions to our customers,” commented Stephens.

“During his time at the Redfield store, Brook has not only built customers for life, but has built his career at RDO Equipment Co. He is the type of leader that leads by example, and will continue to inspire his team to do what’s best for the customer every day,” said Steve Connelly, Vice President of Midwest Agriculture.

Portland Joins FundingFactory to Give Back to Local School

Portland Joins FundingFactory to Give Back to Local School

In May 2013, the Portland store joined FundingFactory. FundingFactory is an organization that recycles small electronics and ink cartridges; in return, FundingFactory gives money which you can donate to any non-profit such as schools, church, foundations, etc.

The store mailed out information and visited the businesses on their street to help with the accumulation of these items needed to gain money. The local deli allowed a collection box advertising the fundraiser. Some customers have even been dropping off items.

The non-profit organization selected to benefit from this community involvement is a nearby low-income school, Faubion Elementary. When Portlad team members presented the principal with the option to be a part of this donation, she was thrilled. Needless to say, any donation will help with the budgeting to take care of these kids’ education.

The store received $108 from their recycling efforts with FundingFactory. In addition, the store matched money earned for a total of $216 check donated. A few employees also purchased some school supplies to give along with the donation.

A handful of Portland employees delivered the items and check this week.  “This is the beginning of a lasting relationship with this local school, and our team is proud to be able to assist in these kids’ education,” said Ollie Windle, General Manager.

If you’d like more information about hosting a similar fundraiser, visit www.fundingfactory.com

FSO – Fargo Team Members Utilize Community Time

FSO – Fargo Team Members Utilize Community Time

The back-to-school rush has now come and gone. In preparation for the new school year, thirteen RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt team members that make up the Benefits, Payroll, and Safety teams volunteered their time to support the United Way School Supply Drive. This is an annual event in the Fargo-Moorhead communities sponsored by the United Way of Cass-Clay. During the School Supply Drive, supplies are collected, placed in backpacks and distributed to children who would not otherwise have the means to purchase all of the required supplies. The goal of the program is to equip 4,500 local students so they can return to school prepared, confident, and ready to learn. The event is not a success without the generous donations of supplies and of individuals’ time.

As the team arrived on site to volunteer, a few thousand backpacks lined the floor of a large conference room. There were rows and rows of already stuffed backpacks and many more waiting to be filled for students in grades K-12. Several tables were equipped with all the necessary supplies. The first task was to stuff about 200 backpacks for grades K-2. The group had fun matching up supplies with the gender-specific backpacks, knowing they were making a difference in the life of a child. Once that was completed, the group stuffed backpacks for grades 6-8.

“The team walked away with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that just a few hours of their time made a huge difference in the life of a fellow community member,” said Brett Olson, Compensation and Benefits Director.

Burnsville – VER Sponsor of Mended Hearts Golf Tournament

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families, and caregivers. The proceeds of this year’s golf tournament went towards automated external defibrillator (AED) purchases throughout central Minnesota, as well as education and training.

Mended Hearts has been around for over 60 years and the local St. Cloud chapter has been together for 25 years. The primary focus of each individual chapter is to visit with patients before and after heart their heart procedures to show support and give them confidence that there is life after surgery. It gives family members and individuals  that are about to have open bypass surgery hope that they will still lead normal lives after their procedure. The time before and after any heart procedure can be very trying for the patient and family members. Mended Hearts is a great way for people that have endured heart procedures to share stories of their recovery to patients and give them hope that there are better days ahead post procedure.

The Burnsville – VER store was a Cart Sponsor. Each cart used at the tournament featured both the Vermeer and RDO Equipment Co. logo, and the company had representation in the program.

Four employees also participated in the tournament: Mark Rieckhoff, Burnsville – VER Sales Manager; Tom Pistulka, Sauk Rapids CSA; Dan Dostal, Mankato CSA; and Pat Arnold, Burnsville – VER Sales Professional.

For Pat, Mended Hearts is an organization that holds special meaning. “My father-in-law, who serves as the St. Cloud Mended Hearts Chapter President, had open heart surgery four years ago, and both my uncle and father passed away from heart attacks. This organization holds special interest to me, and RDO Equipment Co. sponsoring and allowing us to be part of this event is just awesome!”

While the RDO Equipment Co. team didn’t win any prizes, they had a great time at the event, as did all participants.

Phoenix Furthers Partnership with Local Food Bank

Phoenix Furthers Partnership with Local Food Bank

In early September, the Phoenix store participated in events with St. Mary’s Food Bank, which furthers the relationship they have with the charity. On September 7, team members sponsored and participated in the Food Bank’s annual golf tournament. The store sponsored a hole and one team participated. The event included many of the store’s underground customers. RDO Equipment Co. was the only equipment dealer who participated, and they not only had a booth set up where they handed out prizes, but also had a backhoe, mini-excavator, and skid steer on display. In addition, Nathan Harman, RDOIC Account Manager, set up a rover to measure the longest drive on the sponsored hole.

On September 10, team members volunteered at a Rock and Box event which featured a “We Remember 9/11” theme. The event featured the honor guard from Luke Air Force Base who presented the American flag. With the assistance of several RDO Equipment Co. volunteers, in addition to other community members, 1,500 boxes of food were packaged for those in need in the Phoenix community.

“The Phoenix store has done a great job of partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank. This charity does a lot of good throughout our community, and team members should feel good about their continued involvement,” commented Dennis Howard, Vice President of Southwest Construction.

Waco Participates in Westfest Parade

Waco Participates in Westfest Parade

Every year on Labor Day weekend the town of West, Texas comes alive for a heritage celebration called Westfest. This year, despite the recent disaster in West, Westfest was in full motion.

The Waco and Austin locations partnered together to get an 824K to West for the parade that kicks off the annual Westfest event. The parade had over 200 floats and over 50,000 people in attendance.

Pictured are Kris Vandiver, Rental Developer; Russel Schier, Service Advisor; Jim Doherty, Sales Professional; Steve Hoelscher, Field Service Technician; Marc Mcewen, Equipment Coordinator; Kyle Schill, Sales Professional; Travis Dyson, Shop Foreman; Todd Jenkins, Service Technician; Andrew Valentine, Service Technician; and Jeff Williams, Truck Driver.

Also featured in the picture is Rusty Johnson. He owns RLJ Services, who the stores partnered with to help the citizens of West with the demolition process associated with the recovery process.

Kris Vandiver commented, “We were pleased to be able to step in and help our community and show support in the parade. While moving through the parade the people were shouting, ‘Thank you RDO!’ and that made me proud to be part of being a member of our team.”

Tucson Gives Customers Opportunity to View New Deere 644K Hy¬brid

Tucson Gives Customers Opportunity to View New Deere 644K Hy¬brid

The Tucson Sales team invited their customers to see the new Deere 644K Hybrid unit. The store worked together to ensure the event went smoothly – including coordinating transporting the unit from Phoenix, advertising and inviting customers to the event, ordering lunch, cleaning the shop and yard, and more.

Bryan Talyn from John Deere presented the features of the Hybrid, and guests were able to operate the machine.

The nearly 30 customers in attendance commented that they couldn’t hear the engine running while operating the loader. “This was a total team effort – everyone stepped up to ensure our event was a success,” said Bill Hitchcock, Store Manager.

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 appreciated,” said Mike Winch, Mankato Service Manager.

Partnership adds John Deere Construction & Forestry Technician Initiative at NDSCS

Partnership adds John Deere Construction & Forestry Technician Initiative at NDSCS

Wahpeton, N.D. (Sept. 12, 2013) — Following a demonstration of the technology and support systems involved in trouble-shooting heavy construction equipment, representatives from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., John Deere, and RDO Equipment Co. announced the addition of the John Deere Construction and Forestry Tech initiative to the NDSCS Diesel Technology program.  This partnership will offer RDO Equipment Co. career opportunities for sponsored NDSCS students who have been trained to diagnose, service, repair and rebuild heavy John Deere construction equipment used by customers nationwide.


NDSCS will be one of eight colleges across the nation offering the John Deere C&F Tech specialized training, which is a partnership between John Deere, its dealers and select community colleges. RDO Equipment Co. dealerships nationwide will recruit and sponsor students to enroll at NDSCS. Students will receive specialized training on the NDSCS campus as well as apply their knowledge at the sponsoring RDO Equipment Co. dealership, and ultimately graduate with a two-year AAS degree in Diesel Technology plus extensive experience servicing John Deere equipment.


“The world’s growing population calls for an even greater need of infrastructure equipment and those who can keep them running,” said Jeff Kraft, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division Manager. “The commitment made by RDO Equipment Co. and North Dakota State College of Science will help resolve technician shortages, while providing quality instructors, curriculum and skills needed for a successful and rewarding career at a John Deere dealership.”


RDO Equipment Co. is actively seeking students for 2014 enrollment in the John Deere C&F Tech initiative. Information is available online through the company’s  Access Your Future Program, or on the NDSCS website.

“Qualified technicians are integral in keeping our customers’ equipment up and running,” said Jean Zimmerman, Executive Vice President, RDO Equipment Co. “We invest in our technicians because they are the best in the industry and we’re excited to work closely with NDSCS to provide successful graduates the opportunity to work at our company.”

This additional initiative expands the John Deere training commitment at NCSCS, building off the success of the John Deere Tech program.

“The expansion of our private-public partnership with John Deere and RDO Equipment Co. fills a critical need, especially in this region,” said NDSCS President John Richman.  ”And the benefit to our students is more than the access to the most up-to-date technology and equipment. Ultimately, this partnership will launch very successful careers with RDO Equipment Co. for our students.”

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 feel, opportunities for advancement, technology, and training.

The Conference, held in Fargo, featured several sessions including a panel of AYF graduates who answered questions posed by the instructors, and an Interactive Dealership Experience, where instructors had the opportunity to rotate within sessions at the Moorhead store. Instructors were given a hands-on opportunity to operate equipment, see how employees utilize current technology, witness the life cycle of a work order, and more.

One attendee left this comment on the survey: “Thank you – you have invested more in the instructors than our school will. This was so appreciated and you definitely have a recruiter out of me. I’m so impressed with your company. This conference was extremely valuable.”

Ryan Johnson, Employee Relations Director, added, “This event was a success for many reasons. The partnerships that were established and strengthened with our technical schools were very rewarding for all involved. To hear instructors talk so openly about how our culture was on display through the efforts of the entire team, plus their excitement to bring what was learned back to their classrooms is something we should all be proud of.”

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 sales and store operations. He has most recently served as a Regional General Manager in South Dakota overseeing the Aberdeen, Redfield, and Webster stores. He is a graduate of Winner, South Dakota and Northern State University.

“I have enjoyed working with the strong teams in South Dakota providing our customers a high level of customer service. I enjoy working with and learning from our customers and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities in Australia,” commented Daughters.

Bruce Vandersee, Vanderfield CEO, stated, “We are excited to have Bruce as part of the great Vanderfield team. We are in an exciting growth phase with many new team members. Bruce will be providing leadership to a key group of long term and brand new teams. His RDO Equipment Co. experience will be invaluable.”

RDO Equipment Co. and the Vandersee family joined in a partnership in Vanderfield in 2012. Since that time, Vanderfield has added six new stores for a total of 13 and represents John Deere, Toyota, Hino, and Western Star.

Casselton Hosts Day of Play Community Event

Casselton Hosts Day of Play Community Event

Casselton Hosts Day of Play Community Event

The Casselton store held a Day of Play event for the community on July 26. The event was held during Casselton’s annual SummerFest event, which has lots of activities throughout the weekend.

The store had a good turnout, with over 100 children attending.  They estimated 80% had never been on a combine or tractor.

The Day of Play event featured equipment rides, barrel train rides, sandboxes filled with corn to play in, and lots of John Deere toys to play with. They also had a balloon artist, which was a hit with the crowd. Each child left with a monster tread tractor or Frisbee.
In addition, the store set up an area for adults to demo mowers, compact utility tractors, and gators.

“It was great to showcase to the community that we have something for everyone, not just the farming community,” said Nic Miller, Store Manager. “This was a great effort put on by our team, and we plan to do it again next year.”

Fergus Falls and Moorhead Sponsor 9th Annual Red Horse Ranch Rodeo

Fergus Falls and Moorhead Sponsor 9th Annual Red Horse Ranch Rodeo

Fergus Falls and Moorhead Sponsor 9th Annual Red Horse Ranch Rodeo

The Fergus Falls and Moorhead stores were a large sponsor for the 9th Annual Red Horse Ranch Rodeo. The stores have been involved in the rodeo since its beginning, but this is the second year they’ve been one of the major sponsors.

As part of the sponsorship, the store brought in several pieces of equipment for display, including:

  • 6125R tractor with H340 loader
  • 468 round baler
  • 730 lawn tractor with 62c mower deck
  • 1025R compact tractor
  • 332E skid loader
  • 544K payloader
  • 5115M tractor (people mover)
  • 6140R tractor (people mover)
  • RSX Gator
  • 825i S4 gator

“The rodeo is a huge community event, and with a crowd of 9,000 between Friday and Saturday evening, RDO Equipment Co. received great visibility,” said Terry Malingen, Product Specialist.

There was also a large number of employees handing out RDO Equipment Co. items, including can cozies, cell phone screen cleaners, and flash lights. Other employees drove the ‘people movers,’ tractors with a trailer assisting people back to and from the arena from the parking area.

Ada Volunteers at Rebuilding Together to Help Renovate Ada Home

Ada Volunteers at Rebuilding Together to Help Renovate Ada Home

Ada Volunteers at Rebuilding Together to Help Renovate Ada Home

Rebuilding Together, a group based in Fargo/Moorhead, is an organization that improves the homes and lives of homeowners in need. They typically offer home repair and renovation, free of charge, to low income families with an emphasis on helping the elderly, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Justin Marquis, Store Manager, was contacted by Rebuilding Together to lend a hand with a project in Ada. They were renovating a vacant home owned by the bank which would be sold to a low income family.

“As a company, we look to be a strong corporate citizen in our communities. Rebuilding Together came to us with the idea and we told them we’d love to get involved. This project was a win-win, where we could help with an important community project and also work as a team on accomplishing it,” Justin said.

The Ada team worked on the project in two separate shifts, with half the employees there in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. The store also provided some construction equipment needed for the demo work.

“We had great help from the RDO Equipment Co. team and we really appreciate their help,” said Russ Richards, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together.

Eugene Gives Back

Eugene Gives Back

Eugene Gives Back

Boy Scouts Troop 100 contacted the Eugene store, requesting to rent a chipper. The Boy Scouts troop assists with parking at the Autzen Stadium (home of the Oregon Ducks). They also take care of the parking lots and wanted to clean up some brush prior to the season starting.

Travis Gornick, Aftermarket Manager, and Jim Williams, Shop Foreman, discussed the option of donating the equipment and their labor to the Boy Scouts. Along with Kevin Davis, Portland Parts Specialist, the three spent a Saturday utilizing a Vermeer BC1200XL to chip the brush and branches with the Boy Scouts.

“It was a great experience for us to give our time, and it helps get our name out in the community. This also showed our customers directly that we believe in supporting not only our customers, but the communities we do business in,” said Jim.
 

Tucson Provides School Supplies to Military Families

Tucson Provides School Supplies to Military Families

Tucson Provides School Supplies to Military Families

The Tucson store was able to help 13 military families in need by providing them with backpacks full of supplies. Members of the Tucson team purchased the school supplies, and then the team loaded up backpacks with the necessary supplies.

These backpacks will go to children ages 4-13. This is the second year the Tucson store has assisted with this project, and it’s one they find very valuable.

“It is very rewarding to give back to our local community, especially toward our military families, and accomplishing this together with our fellow employees makes it feel even better,” said Lisa Roberts, Office Manager.

Bismarck Central Parts Ordering Donates and Delivers School Supplies

Bismarck Central Parts Ordering Donates and Delivers School Supplies

Bismarck Central Parts Ordering Donates and Delivers School Supplies

The Bismarck Central Parts Ordering (CPO) team supports the North Dakota National Guard’s Military Service Centers throughout the year in various ways. During back to school time, they helped coordinate deliveries from drop sites around the community (Dollar Tree stores and Sam’s Club). In addition to delivering these supplies, the team purchased additional supplies and backpacks – totaling 52 filled backpacks.

These school supplies will help lessen the financial burden of going back to school for military families.

“This was a team effort, and we truly enjoyed being a part of it,” said Sandy Blatter, Aftermarket Parts Director.

Sacramento Team Members Use Community Time to Give Back

Sacramento Team Members Use Community Time to Give Back

A handful of Sacramento team members donated their time at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes’ mission is to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.

The group of employees worked in the food serving line. They served 680 less fortunate adults and children.

Loaves and Fishes is a private, non-profit organization. They’ve served the Sacramento community for 32 years and survive solely on charitable donations and volunteers, receiving no funding from the government.

Rick grew up in the Sacramento community and knew about the great work Loaves and Fishes has done. Rick went through an orientation process and an interview, which helped Loaves and Fishes learn more about RDO Equipment Co. Moving forward, the store’s goal is to have small groups of 5 volunteer once a quarter.

“This was a very rewarding experience for those of us who volunteered, and eye opening to how fortunate we are in comparison to others’ struggles. Those who came through the food line really needed our help, and we were grateful to be able to be there and help,” said Rick.

“I’m proud of the Sacramento store for partnering with this organization. This looks to be a promising experience for all of our employees to participate in,” added Brandon Kyse, General Manager.

Indio Hosts Farmer’s Round Table Meeting

Indio Hosts Farmer’s Round Table Meeting

Indio Hosts Farmer’s Round Table Meeting

In early August, the Indio store hosted a Farmer’s Round table meeting focused on the topic: Does California farming have a future? The event was organized by California Women for Agriculture (CWA). This group promotes and develops the interest of California women involved or interested in agriculture, and promotes a strong agriculture industry across the state.

California State Senator Ben Hueso as well as roughly 30 other community members attended and discussed solution ideas to ensure the future of California agriculture. Two large customers attended, including Desert Mist Farms and Sun and Sands Enterprises.

“There was good conversation among the farmers and Senator Hueso. They discussed immigration reform, Salton Sea cleanup, and the importance of farming to the California economy,” said Mark Kuhn, General Manager.

“Overall, the event went very well. The CWA was very pleased at our efforts to host the event,” he added.

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.

In addition to giving customers tours of the expanded facility, the store recognized four employees for their significant years of service. They celebrated with cake and ice cream at the event as well. Those employees included:

  • John Anderson, Account Manager – 25 Years
  •  Ron Hammitt, Parts Warehouse Specialist – 35 Years
  • Mark Davidson, Delivery Specialist – 40 Years
  • Nancy Bain, Office Manager – 45 Years

“We had a fantastic turn out and our customers and employees really enjoyed the day. It was great to be able to honor our years of service employees, totaling 145 years. We are very proud to have employees who have been dedicated throughout the years to customer satisfaction. They have acquired a wealth of knowledge and are willing to help out and share information whenever needed,” said Vern Johnson, Store Manager.

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 the confidence our management team has shown in me by giving me this opportunity. I look forward to working with, already familiar faces in a little different capacity, and help our Waco location reach future goals that have been set.”

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 dealership and began gaining GPS experience when CNH joined forces with Trimble. He served in a GPS support role where he sold, installed, and trouble shot the equipment.

Kris said, “I feel fortunate to be a part of such a great team that gives everything to our customers to provide a positive experience. It’s exciting to watch our technology make our customers more successful and profitable and to be a part of that growth with them is awesome.”

Adam Gilbertson, General Manager – RDOIC North, added, “Kris has demonstrated a great ability to partner with the heavy equipment team in Montana and has continued to grow new business in his territory.  He has worked hard and learned much in the two years he has spent as an Account Manager and we look forward to his continued success in this new leadership role.”

Jason joined RDO Equipment Co. in 2008 as a Central Trucking Manager in the Northern Agriculture region. He transitioned to a Bismarck RDOIC Account Manager in 2011 where he oversaw Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

“I’m looking forward to this new role in our growing company,” said Jason. “There is significant opportunity in western North Dakota, and I’m excited to help expand and grow our RDOIC business in that area.”

“We are excited to have Jason leading our growing team,” commented Adam. “He has done a great job working with our construction team over the past few years and working with our customers to increase adoption in his territory.”

RDO Equipment Co. Appointed GOMACO Dealer for Arizona

RDO Equipment Co. Appointed GOMACO Dealer for Arizona

RDO Equipment Co. announces the recent appointment as the authorized GOMACO distributor for the state of Arizona. RDO Equipment Co. Arizona stores will provide sales and service for GOMACO’s full line of concrete construction products. The appointment was made by Kent Godbersen, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, GOMACO Corporation.

“We are excited about the new relationship between RDO Equipment Co. and GOMACO in Arizona. With the commitment RDO Equipment Co. has in the Arizona market and the quality products from GOMACO, we look forward to a relationship that benefits our customers,” said Dennis Howard, Vice President of Southern Construction.  

“RDO Equipment Co. has their finger on the pulse of the market for their area and reflects a positive outlook on construction,” Jim Hayward, GOMACO’s District Manager for Arizona, said. “They are dedicated to customer service with the products they represent and they are a perfect fit for GOMACO.”

RDO Equipment Co. has four construction stores in Arizona, including Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, and Tucson.

“We are excited about RDO Equipment Co. joining our distributor network,” said Godbersen. “They are a well-established and highly respected supplier of construction equipment and we’re confident they will be excellent representatives for the GOMACO product line to our many customers in Arizona.”

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 system, by having an employee food drive. For every item donated, the employee earned 5 points. At the end of the time period, the two employees with the most points would be the Pace car drivers. The two who received the most points were Chris Welk, Service Technician, and Brian Olsen, Parts Specialist. As a twist, the store used a gator as the Pace car, which the crowd loved.

The food collected in the drive was given to Mandan Customer Health, which provides public health services to the communities surrounding Bismarck/Mandan. The items they were in need of the most included canned goods paper products, fresh foods, and peanut butter. Custer Health commented, “A huge thank you to RDO Equipment Co. for the food donation. Your generosity is far more than we could ever expect! This gesture will touch the lives of many!”

The store also decided to use the race night as a fun employee outing. In addition, Darrell Bauer, Bismarck Product Support Specialist, was racing. After racing for 38 years, he will retire at the end of this year. The store wanted to celebrate Darrell and enjoy some camaraderie at the event. The store secured tickets for employees and their families. After the race, Darrell grilled for the employees down in the pit.

“It was a great event for our store. Not only were we able to do some good for our community, we enjoyed the time spent together in a relaxed environment outside of work with one another and our families,” said Jennifer Heck.

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 Foreman.

The contest was a fun event that was open to all employees regardless of their culinary skill level. Eleven participants prepared a wide variety of dips that ranged from hot to cold, mild to spicy, and mainstream to creative. The entrants included variations of salsa, cheese dip, queso, texas caviar, taco dip, potato chip dip and more. The common link between all of the dips was their great taste!

Lon Kindseth, Vice President of MWCE, and Ron Saar, Regional Aftermarket Manager, had the good fortune to be in town for the contest and joined the Grand Forks crew for tacos and dip tasting. Roni Lillehaugen, General Manager, was pleased with the overall success of the contest. “Although I can’t speak for Lon and Ron, I am sure they would tell you that this was the best Dip Buffet they have ever eaten at. I think it was great that nearly half our employees brought in a dip to share. We like to have fun at work and we enjoy doing different things like this.”

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 TV.

Bob started with Spink County Equipment in 1978 as a long haul truck driver, where he’d drive back and forth to the factory. After doing that for several years, he also started working in the shop on machinery. Once RDO Equipment Co. purchased Spink, Bob went back to solely trucking equipment for customers.

“I enjoy working with the customers. I grew up on a farm, and when I pull into a farmer’s yard, I like to talk with him about how his crops are doing, and what kind of equipment he’s looking at getting. I like being around farm machinery because that’s what I grew up around and what I know best. I really enjoy what I do,” commented Bob.

“Bob’s years in the industry and his relationships with both customers and employees make him a valued asset to the Redfield team,” said Clae Hoots, Store Manager.

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 for our customers.”

Daryl Shelton, Vice President of Texas, added, “Troy’s passion and dedication for employee development, product support, and customer service will continue to serve our region and company well.”

Bozeman Hosts Successful Customer Appreciation Day

Bozeman Hosts Successful Customer Appreciation Day

Bozeman Hosts Successful Customer Appreciation Day

The Bozeman store held a Customer Appreciation event in mid-June. It was a Montana effort in preparation, as many Billings employees assisted by cleaning and setting up the yard, shop, and showroom.

The Service Department prepared the shop for the lunch and cleared enough space to display both service trucks, which allowed customers the opportunity to view the new additional service truck to help meet customer demand.

Around noon, even during a very busy season in Bozeman, many customers attended lunch. The store served approximately 130 people. They funneled attendees through the showroom and into the shop, which allowed employees to show off the Stihl display, Topcon laser display, and hydraulic hose making equipment. This increased exposure led to many hydraulic hose purchases and increased customers’ interest in saws and lasers in the following week. The 160G display in the shop also led to two promising customer demos after the event.

Dan Lingen, Sales Professional, commented, “The presence of the Sales Manager, General Manager, and CSA really presented our customers with a sense that we’re building relationships with our customers. The food was excellent, and we were paid many compliments on how professional our open house was.”

July 28, 2013  |  Category: Events
Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

Lakeside Co-Sponsors AGC/EGCC Golf Tournament

The Lakeside store co-sponsored the Associated General Contractors/EGCC golf tournament, held June 7. Since the store co-sponsored the event, they were set up on the first hole and gave out water, hats, and can koozies. Hole #1 also featured the longest drive competition, and they gave out John Deere model excavators and dump trucks. Nearly 150 golfers participated.

To measure the longest drive, Chris Jeffers, RDO Integrated Controls Account Manager utilized Topcon technology to determine the winner.

Mike Fenton, Lakeside General Manager, said, “The golf tournament played host to many of the major players in our market and gave us a great opportunity to spend a few minutes with each group that came through. The John Deere models that we gave away were a huge hit. Overall, it was a tremendous experience for our team on hand.”

July 27, 2013  |  Category: Events
Redfield Partners with City of Redfield for Community Time Project

Redfield Partners with City of Redfield for Community Time Project

Redfield Partners with City of Redfield for Community Time Project

After the Community Time initiative was announced, the Redfield team started looking for a way to give back. They reached out to the City and asked where the team could donate some time.

The City mentioned a playground project. Due to the heavy rainfall in Redfield this spring, the City was behind on several of their annual projects. The store was asked if they could help with dirt prep work, and set up a new playground.

In late June, they spent a week using their Community Time. They used a skid steer to prep the dirt, and then got a post hole digger to drill all the holes. After the playground equipment was set up, they leveled it all and poured the concrete.

“Due to the size of this project, it allowed us to commit to a week’s time from employees and see this project from start to finish. The City was so grateful for the extra effort we put into this project and how it allowed them to keep up with their large workload,” said Clae Hoots, Store Manager.

“From an employee perspective, we felt great giving back to something that impacts so many families and community members. If it wasn’t for our efforts, this playground wouldn’t have gotten done as quickly as it did, and not as many people would’ve been able to enjoy it all summer long,” he added.

Aberdeen Hosts John Deere Day of Play Event

Aberdeen Hosts John Deere Day of Play Event

Aberdeen Hosts John Deere Day of Play Event

At the 2012 Parts and Service Expo, John Deere presented attendees with the Day of Play concept. It’s a unique way to get families into the store for a fun event and see what kinds of neat things John Deere has available for kids.

Aberdeen decided to host a Day of Play event on June 28. They started by sending postcards and an e-blast to all their customers, along with the local daycares to help spread the word.

“Our main goal was to have a great day for kids to come to our store and have fun,” said Evan Fonder, Store Manager. In addition, he states, they wanted to connect on a deeper level with customers and get customers who haven’t been in the store before exposed to John Deere products.

Some of the activities the Aberdeen store offered:
- Soybeans and corn filled kiddie pools with sand toys
- Face Painting (courtesy of the Brown Co. 4-H)
- Battery operated and pedal ride-on toys to play with
- Play areas in the store along with a coloring station
- Large equipment to get up into
- Compact Tractors, Mowers, and Gators on display for the parents to see while kids were playing
- The Aberdeen Fire Dept. had a truck for the kids to see
- The Aberdeen Police Dept. had a bicycle safety seminar
- Brown Co. Fair’s Barrel Train
- Kessler’s Grocery donated all the supplies for lunch, and the store had a free will donation with proceeds going to the Aberdeen area Boys & Girls Club.
- The mascot from the Aberdeen Wings (Aberdeen’s Junior Hockey team) was on hand for photos

The store served roughly 300 for lunch and had employees from all departments helping at the event, including set up, clean up, grilling lunch, and helping at the play areas, as well as balancing the traditional Saturday business needs.

Evan added, “Everyone should be very proud of the day. We received several thank you’s and compliments from customers, and had a great turnout from people who had never been to our store before.”

New Braunfels Helps Seniors through Project Cool

New Braunfels Helps Seniors through Project Cool

New Braunfels Helps Seniors through Project Cool

During the summer months, considerable high temperatures and humidity in Texas inflict Seniors living in homes without air conditioning who face a great risk of heat related illnesses.

Project Cool was established in 1997 by the City of San Antonio Human Services to provide heat relief to residents 60 years of age and older across the city through donations of 20” box fans to Seniors in need.

This year, 21 fans were purchased and delivered to the South East Distribution Center by members of the Community Responsibility Committee, Daniel Vargas (Parts Manager), Cathy Johnston (Office Manager), and Armand Magallanez (Parts Delivery Driver). 

“Project Cool is by far one of the most worthwhile and significant ways of helping the elderly during these hot summer months,” said Cathy.

Lakeside Participates in “Touch a Truck” in San Diego

Lakeside Participates in “Touch a Truck” in San Diego

The Lakeside store brought two skid steers and a mini excavator to San Diego’s “Touch a Truck” event. Two Lakeside employees, Martin Sinnot, Parts Specialist, and Dennis Foreman, Service Technician, and Mike Perkins, Truck Driver, donated their time to help at the event. The John Deere equipment was so popular, there were lines all day long to sit in and explore the pieces.

Martin shared, “It was such a joy to see the excitement on these little faces. We had a wonderful time – I look forward to doing this again next year.”

Dennis also shared, “This event was truly a successful and enjoyable event. It was great to see the children’s face light up when they sat in the machines and honked the horns. I enjoyed the event as much as the kids and plan to help again.”

San Diego’s “Touch a Truck” is a family-friendly event that allows attendees the opportunity to climb up and explore all kinds of vehicles – from military vehicles to monster trucks, Harley’s to HumVees, classic cars to emergency vehicles, big rigs to construction equipment.
All funds raised from the event supported childhood cancer research efforts, specifically Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma. The event raised more than $67,000 with more than 6,300 attendees.

Mike Fenton, General Manager, added, “The ‘Touch a Truck’ event supports an important cause and allowed us to give back to the San Diego community. Having the support from RDO Equipment Co. to participate in events like this is important because it shows that we want to make a difference.”

Yuma Donates Time to Local Food Bank

Yuma Donates Time to Local Food Bank

Yuma Donates Time to Local Food Bank

On a recent Friday afternoon, a small group of employees from Yuma utilized their Community Time at their local food bank.

They sorted fresh watermelons and packaged carrots. Yuma County has the highest unemployment in the nation at 30.5% and child food insecurity is the highest in the state at 42.9%. Each month, Yuma Community Food Bank feeds 20,000 individuals; donating one hour of time is valued at $21.97 for each person who volunteers.

Shelbie Harris, Receptionist, was one of the employees who volunteered. She said that the experience was very uplifting, and the employees at the food bank were so appreciative of the RDO Equipment Co. volunteers. “We were told many times how grateful they were and how something as simple as sorting food saves them time and money.”

She added, “It’s a great feeling to be able to take a couple hours of the work day to represent our company and team while helping the community. It’s beyond expectations for an employer.”

Phoenix Donates Water

Phoenix Donates Water

Phoenix Donates Water

The Phoenix store made their annual water drive donation to the St. Mary’s Food Bank before the 4th of July holiday. This is the third year the store has held a water drive, and this was the biggest one yet. As a store, they donated 140 cases of water, which equaled 3,547 bottles – or 468.3 gallons of water.

“The food bank was extremely grateful for our donation since water is at a premium these hot summer months,” said Michael Carr, Parts Specialist.

Aberdeen Hosts Daycare Group

Aberdeen Hosts Daycare Group

The Aberdeen store hosted two groups of Kindergarten-age children from the local YMCA daycare. Each group included 15 kids. The visitors were given a tour of the Parts and Service Departments, and then had the chance to climb into a 624K Wheel Loader and 9560RT tractor.

In addition, Aberdeen team members shared with the kids how crops are grown and what each piece of equipment does, as well as the importance of safety when near equipment.

According to Evan Fonder, Store Manager, the YMCA tries to get the kids to area businesses all summer. And while Aberdeen is an agriculture-based community, many kids don’t have the chance to see agriculture or construction equipment up close.

Nick Kallhoff, Parts Manager, and JD Kessler, Core Accounts Account Manager, assisted with the tour and handed out John Deere goody bags and snacks.

Sauk Rapids Participates in Granite City Days Parade

Sauk Rapids Participates in Granite City Days Parade

Sauk Rapids Participates in Granite City Days Parade

The Sauk Rapids store participated in the Granite City Days parade, held in St. Cloud in late June. This is the sixth year the store has participated.

The parade is the highlight of four days of city-wide events and activities each June. This year the store included its new service truck, a 772GP motor grader, store pick up and trailer. Team members also passed out about 200 “freezies” and candy to parade spectators.

“It’s great seeing the excitement of the kids and adults watching our equipment go through the parade,” said Deb Armstrong, Office Administrator.

Portland Hosts Rigging Seminar

Portland Hosts Rigging Seminar

Portland Hosts Rigging Seminar

More than 40 people attended Portland’s recent Advanced Rigging seminar.

Portland provided attendees 6.5 continuing education credits (CEUs) for only a minimal cost. For certified arborists, the classes that Portland hosts offer a great deal. Many classes are hard to find, and typically cost up to three times as much.

The seminar generated over $10,000 in parts and merchandise sales during breaks and lunch.

“We had great weather and a great turnout – you can’t ask for anything more!” added Ollie Windle, General Manager.

June 29, 2013  |  Category: Events
Minot Store Utilizes Community Time to Help at Local Zoo

Minot Store Utilizes Community Time to Help at Local Zoo

Minot Store Utilizes Community Time to Help at Local Zoo

In 2011, Minot was hit with horrible flooding. Not only were homes and businesses damaged, but several community parks, playgrounds, and Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo.

Eighteen Minot employees utilized their 8 hours of Community Time to assist at the zoo. Each day for about a week, four employees assisted with projects to help the zoo get ready for their official reopening. The zoo was closed all of last year, and not quite all exhibits are open because of the flood. In total, 144 hours of time were donated to the zoo.

Some of the projects they completed:
- Hung up exhibit props in primate exhibit
- Reinforced rusted clamps on the big cat cages
- Installed coin feeders in different locations
- Welder worked on bear enclosures
- Re-did benches  behind discovery barn- new boards on all benches
- Distributed garbage cans and benches throughout the zoo
- Used lawn tractor to sweep pathways
- Did a lot of raking/cleanup
- Hung up various information signs
- Installed chain link in many locations
- Installed trees inside aviary
- Hauled dirt into ground hornbill exhibit
- Power washed chain link dog panels
- Made screens for windows

“The Zoo was very appreciative of our generous donation of time,” said Jon Markle, General Manager. “I know that the employees had a great experience giving their time and giving back to the community.”

Advanced Fluid Connection Center YouTube Video Gaining Attention

Advanced Fluid Connection Center YouTube Video Gaining Attention

Videos are a beneficial way to share information and news about RDO Equipment Co. Our current YouTube page features videos from our manufacturers, event recaps, and more.

One unique video is a feature on the Advanced Fluid Connection Center in Burnsville, MN. Shot internally, the video takes a look at the step-by-step process of custom building each hydraulic hose.

The video has received nearly 4,500 views. “I have heard great feedback from the RDO Equipment Co. team,” said Andrew Polley, Burnsville Parts Manager. “It’s a great way to show our customers what we have to offer them at our locations.”

View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhdNE1n1JuE

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 for employees to grow in leadership ability.

The Top Contributor is selected by his/her peers in a secret peer vote.  The requirements are simple – the award should go to the individual whom influenced your thinking, helped you resolve a difficult workplace issue(s), helped shape and mold your thinking as a leader or is an emerging leader.

NDIDA is the trade association for approximately 125 franchised farm equipment dealers across the state of North Dakota. Keith Kreps, Executive Vice President, serves on the Board of Directors.

Burnsville (CE) and Burnsville (VER) Assist with Underground School

Burnsville (CE) and Burnsville (VER) Assist with Underground School

Burnsville (CE) and Burnsville (VER) Assist with Underground School

The Burnsville (CE) and Burnsville (VER) teams donated equipment and had a display at the recent Minnesota Municipal Utility Association’s (MMUA) Underground School, held in mid-May. Minnesota Rural Electric Association and American Public Power Association were also part of the event.

These associations conduct annual training where linemen from Municipals or from rural electric co-ops attend. The construction store donated the use of a John Deere 60G compact excavator, while the Vermeer store donated a Vac-Tron LP555 Hydro Excavator, a Vermeer S800 mini skid steer, and a Vermeer RTX550 utility tractor.

The associations’ Training Coordinator passed along words of thanks: “Wanted to say thank you, which isn’t enough, for everything you did for us at the Underground School, including bringing equipment for us to use during the school is awesome and attending our vendors show. It’s people like you and your organization that make all of this possible for us,” said Ed Zurn, MMUA.

“It was a great team effort,” said Tim Williams, Burnsville (VER) Account Manager.

June 25, 2013  |  Category: Events

Important Information Regarding California Air Compliance

Important Information Regarding California Air Compliance

The following information is primarily for California only, but will also affect any companies from other states wanting to work in California. Those companies wishing to work in California will also need to abide by these regulations.

Compliance Requirements Summary
On July 26, 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved and subsequently adopted a regulation to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from in-use (existing) off-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles in California. At its December 2010 hearing, the Board considered and made findings on the need for amendments to the regulation. This fact sheet describes the December 2010 amendments. The regulation applies to self-propelled diesel-fueled vehicles that cannot be registered and licensed to drive on-road, as well as two-engine vehicles that drive on-road, with the limited exception of two-engine sweepers. Examples include loaders, crawler tractors, skid steers, backhoes, forklifts, airport ground support equipment, water well drilling rigs, and two-engine cranes. The regulation does not apply to stationary equipment or portable equipment such as generators. A four year delay from the original timeline for all fleets, making the first compliance deadline January 1, 2014, for large fleets (over 5,000 hp), January 1, 2017, for medium fleets (2,501-5,000 hp), and January 1, 2019, for small fleets (2,500 hp or less). The off-road regulation’s performance requirements are based on a fleet’s average NOx emissions. If a fleet cannot meet the NOx fleet average target, it must comply with the regulation’s Best Available Control Technology (BACT) requirements by cleaning up 5 to 10 percent of its fleet each year it cannot meet the target. A fleet may satisfy the BACT requirements either by turnover or applying exhaust retrofits. Under the December 2010 amendments, the performance requirements would take effect on January 1, 2014, for large fleets, January 1, 2017, for medium fleets, and January 1, 2019, for small fleets. The performance requirements continue every year through January 1, 2023, for large and medium fleets and January 1, 2028, for small fleets.

California Air Resource Board (CARB) is not currently enforcing the Off-Road regulation’s restrictions on fleets adding vehicles with older tier engines, but will enforce this provision once authorization is received from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).
For more detailed information visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/ordiesel/faq/overview_fact_sheet_dec_2010-final.pdf

Phoenix Community Efforts

Phoenix Community Efforts

Phoenix Community Efforts

The Phoenix team was honored alongside 50 other companies at a luncheon in late May at the St. Mary’s Food Bank. They were recognized as a 2012 Hunger Hero. To accomplish this, the Phoenix team had volunteered three times at the food bank, donated more than $1,000 plus 1,000 pounds of food. John Cheney, General Manager, and Michael Carr, Parts Specialist, attended the luncheon where they received a plaque and met the mayor of Phoenix. “It was great to see RDO Equipment Co. be named alongside other companies such as Bank of America, Charles Schwab, CVS, Intel, Pepsi, Target, and US Airways, to name a few,” said Michael.

In addition to supporting St. Mary’s Food Bank, the Phoenix store provides a dinner at the Ronald McDonald House once a year. This year, they provided sandwiches, chips, salads, and desserts for the families staying there. The store has supported the Ronald McDonald house for several years.

“I’m proud of the relationships our team has made with charitable organizations in the community,” said John. “Not only do these organizations strengthen our community, but our team has become stronger because of our time spent with them.”

RDO Equipment Co. Names Dave Webb Store Manager

RDO Equipment Co. Names Dave Webb Store Manager

RDO Equipment Co. Names Dave Webb Store Manager

RDO Equipment Co. has named Dave Webb Store Manager in Yuma. Webb was most recently a Service Manager in Pendleton, Oregon.

Prior to RDO Equipment Co., he spent more than 15 years as a Logistics Operations Manager for Wal-Mart Store Inc. where his primary role was to ensure customer satisfaction.

Webb said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to join the RDO Equipment Co. – Yuma team and look forward to exceeding the expectations of our customers.”

Burnsville CE Volunteers at Local Ronald McDonald House

Burnsville CE Volunteers at Local Ronald McDonald House

Burnsville CE Volunteers at Local Ronald McDonald House

Members of the Burnsville CE team used their Community Time to give back to their local Ronald McDonald House in early June. They brought a meal in for the families staying there.

They also visited the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and presented them with two John Deere wagons (one pink, one green). While there, they visited a young girl staying in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Her mom, commented, “You were all so wonderful to take the time to say hello to my daughter, and to provide lunch to families at the Ronald McDonald House.”

“This was our first experience volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and visiting the Children’s Hospital, and its one our team members won’t forget,” said Matt Dull, General Manager.

Phoenix Goes Green

Phoenix Goes Green

Phoenix Goes Green

Phoenix, Arizona averages nearly 300 sunny days a year. To utilize some of those rays, the Phoenix store recently installed a solar array on top of the carport. The next step was to obtain a permit that allows them to put electricity back into the grid.

RDO Equipment Co. partnered with Green Choice Solar, a company that specializes in this type of installation. According to Green Choice Solar, solar is the fastest growing, affordable energy source in the world, offering an unlimited supply of clean, safe and renewable assets for heat and power.

In addition, this type of installation offers low maintenance costs, lower energy bills, and a short payback period.

June 20, 2013  |  Category:
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 equipment for locations in Aberdeen, Redfield, and Webster.

Terry commented, “I have enjoyed spending my entire career in the same location with some of the most talented people in the industry. RDO Equipment Co. is known to take great pride in its employees and in the communities in which we serve. That’s what makes RDO Equipment Co. a great place to work.”

Evan Fonder, Store Manager, added, “Terry’s story is a great example of RDO Equipment Co. being a career as opposed to a job. Through hard work, and challenging himself to push his comfort zone, he has taken on new opportunities in each department that have come up. And now in his new role, Terry has the ability to put himself in the shoes of all of his teammates to understand what their needs are.”