Minnesota Equipment Hosts Government, Commercial Day

Representatives from the Minnesota state patrol addressed attendees about a number of topics, including continuing education and 2016 implements of husbandry laws.

📅   Fri February 19, 2016 - Midwest Edition


Randy Schoer (L) of RSM Lawn & Snow, East Bethel, Minn., and Jonathan Nordrum, Minnesota Equipment Inc., commercial sales manager, go over the new Ariens snowblowers.
Randy Schoer (L) of RSM Lawn & Snow, East Bethel, Minn., and Jonathan Nordrum, Minnesota Equipment Inc., commercial sales manager, go over the new Ariens snowblowers.
Randy Schoer (L) of RSM Lawn & Snow, East Bethel, Minn., and Jonathan Nordrum, Minnesota Equipment Inc., commercial sales manager, go over the new Ariens snowblowers. More than 700 attended the Minnesota Equipment Inc. annual Government and Commercial Day.
(L-R): Mike Scharber, Minnesota Equipment Inc., and James Melcher, Land Pride territory manager, talk about this Land Pride AFM 4216 all flex mower. 
Chris (L) and David Arel, owners of Arel Trucking, Minneapolis, Minn., inspect this John Deere 825i Gator with Camoplast quad track system.
Attendees enjoy lunch provided by Henry’s Catering, Foley, Minn.
Joe Reemts (L) and David Tiemann, equipment operators of the city of Rodgers, purchased a Belos Ab, an articulated tractor for the city of Rodgers, and are looking to add the Karcher Mi 70. 
Eric Sundby, commercial vehicle inspector of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, presents a safety seminar for attendees.
David Eng (L), Minneapolis International Airport Commission (MAC), listens to Dan Scharber, Minnesota Equipment Inc., explain the  features of this Gravely JJV 300. Dan Fischer, foreman of Mankato, Minn., street department, checks out a Carlton Ox stump grinder. 
Neal Kragt, Mille Lacs Minn., public works department, tries out this John Deere 318E skid steer with a MDS snow pusher. Kragt said the department is looking to add a new wheel loader to its fleet.

Minnesota Equipment Inc. held its 2016 Government and Commercial Day on Jan. 29. Representatives from the Minnesota state patrol addressed attendees about a number of topics, including continuing education, 2016 implements of husbandry laws, load securement and driving restrictions.

In the mid-2000s John Deere recognized that single store dealers were having a hard time providing a highly specialized, total solution for all customer segments in a given market and adjacent John Deere dealers needed to merge to share business functions and knowledge. As a result, in 2008, Scharber & Sons (in Rogers and Long Lake) merged with Isanti County Equipment (Isanti), Suburban Lawn Center (Ham Lake) and Weekend Freedom (Savage) under the umbrella name MN Equipment Solutions. However, each dealership continued to do business under their existing name due to strong name recognition.

The merger of the five dealers has been tremendously successful, allowing the company to better serve its customers by offering more selection, faster service and greater savings. Going forward, the company embraced the new, streamlined name, Minnesota Equipment.

In January 2015, Minnesota Equipment stopped operating under its existing dba's and officially became Minnesota Equipment Inc., just short of its 100th anniversary, in order to remain strong and evolve in changing times.