Customers ’Play in the Dirt’ at Nortrax Open House

The all-day event featured an extensive line of John Deere construction and forestry equipment.

📅   Thu April 23, 2015 - Midwest Edition
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Jason Christianson (L) of Precision Dirtworks LLC and Nortrax Sales Representative Shawn Vetterkind talk some John Deere iron.
Jason Christianson (L) of Precision Dirtworks LLC and Nortrax Sales Representative Shawn Vetterkind talk some John Deere iron.
Jason Christianson (L) of Precision Dirtworks LLC and Nortrax Sales Representative Shawn Vetterkind talk some John Deere iron. Customers got a chance to run the John Deere 1050K, which is the largest and most powerful dozer that Deere manufactures. Jordon Erickson, Chad Catlin and Travis Erickson, all of Erickson Excavating, in front of the John Deere 160GLC. Mark Erickson (L) and Dan Hoffmann, both of Erickson Excavating, take a look at the Interstate 50DLA trailer. Josh Maurer (far R) of the Wisconsin State Patrol answers questions about the latest regulations on transporting equipment from Joe Anderson (L) of Joe Anderson Excavating and his son Jacob. Tim Murphy (C) of Paladin, explains the features of this Paladin ground shark brush cutter. In front of the Gem 844 double top clamp fork attached to a John Deere 844K wheel loader (L-R) are Brian Burns, Hoffmann Construction; Tony Siverling, Nortrax; Mark Hoffmann, Hoffmann Construction; and Bruce Gruna, Gem Attachments. Stacey Curtis (L), marketing manager, Nortrax, and Bob Vydrzal, Nortrax retired used equipment manager, enjoy the open house. Dean Adsit (C), Nortrax used equipment sales, welcomes Bernie Wendt (L) and Roger Fagerland, both of the town of Wheaton, to the open house. Towmaster Inc. had the T-40 trailer for the open house and Russ Woelke (L), sales representative and Chris Pokornowski, sales manager, on hand to answer questions. Looking over the Towmaster T-40 trailer are Dean Prohaska (L) and Luke Gilbertson, both of A&D Contractors. (L-R): Dallas and Dave Jelinek of Jelinek Trucking, and Ryan and Dave Casper of Casper logging take in John Deere logging machines. Steve Madison of Madison Construction operates the Hitachi Zaxis 250LC excavator at the demo area. Waiting for their turn to run the John Deere 310SK loader backhoe are Greg Kitchner (L), Albrightson Excavating, and Paul Jacobson, town of Springbrook. (L-R): Allen Sternke, Nortrax, speaks with Ed, Steve and Eddy Harmon of H & R Construction in the equipment demo area. Tom Woychik of Marsolek Excavating gets ready to run the John Deere 1050K dozer. Pushing some dirt with the John Deere 850K dozer is Austin Keller of Madison Construction.

ortrax hosted its annual equipment demo and open house event on Friday, April 10th at the Chippewa Falls branch.The all-day event featured an extensive line of John Deere construction and forestry equipment. The Chippewa Falls location has an excellent pit demo site which makes it possible for customers to “play in the dirt.” Customers were able to operate John Deere’s largest production class crawler dozer, the new 1050K, as well as wheel loaders, backhoes, excavators motorgraders and ADTs. Luke Weir of Positioning Solutions held a Topcon demonstration and customers could operate a Topcon equipped Deere 850K dozer and 210G excavator. John Deere Forestry Sales Manager Carl Lockhart, Nortrax Forestry Specialist Ken Knauf, and Forestry CTL Trainer/Operator Jim Mylchreest answered forestry customer questions. John Deere Financial Representative Kevin St. John, Nortrax Environmental Health and Safety Manager Jim Larsen, and Nortrax Work Sight Solutions Consultant Eric Brosted talked with customers and guests. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation conducted a trailer inspection regulations presentation during the day and a John Deere forestry cut-to-length simulator was available for customers to try. This year a dedicated tent on the grounds featured the following sponsors and supporting vendors that helped make the event a great success: TRM Manufacturing/GEM Falls, Towmaster Trailers, Interstate Trailer Inc., Declean, Whitemore Sales, Tractor Central, B&D Fabricators, Paladin Attachments, Topcon Positioning Systems Inc., and the Wisconsin DOT.More than 500 attendees dined in the Nortrax service shop on baked fish and charcoal chicken catered by Karl Hartkemeyer, owner of Bar-B-Q Express Catering in Lake Hallie, Wis. Door prizes, giveaways and a trivia contest took place in the service bay area.Nortrax Inc., a major dealer of John Deere construction and forestry equipment, is headquartered in Tampa, Fla. The Midwest division consists of eight dealerships in Wisconsin, the U.P. of Michigan and northern Minnesota. For more information, visit www.nortrax.com