Pa’s Groff Tractor and Equipment Celebrates Its 55th Anniversary

Tue November 05, 2013 - Northeast Edition
Chelsea Smouse

(L-R) are Alan Kuru;, Jim Gaffney; Mike Lester, vice president of used equipment and government business; and Evan Clarke.
(L-R) are Alan Kuru;, Jim Gaffney; Mike Lester, vice president of used equipment and government business; and Evan Clarke.
(L-R) are Alan Kuru;, Jim Gaffney; Mike Lester, vice president of used equipment and government business; and Evan Clarke. (L-R) are Joe Schappert, Mike Holtzinger, Mike Aument and Scott Hendricks. (L-R) are Janice Light, Tammy Wilmot and Rusty Groff. Ellen Savastio (L)  and Brett Whalen raised more than $6,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund. (L-R) are Matt Wilson, Chuck Dowds, Drake Nicholas and John DeMartino. Guests enjoyed lunch on the Bedford Springs lawn.


Groff Tractor and Equipment celebrated its 55-year anniversary by hosting an event at Bedford Springs to show its appreciation to its longtime business partners. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Groff Tractor has grown from a single building in Highspire, Pa., to seven full service locations spread across Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.

Since Ray Groff opened the doors in 1958, Groff Tractor has seen consistent growth. The company has expanded its equipment lines, adding Wacker in 1962 and, more recently, Liebherr, Takeuchi and Wirtgen between 2002 and 2004. New locations also have opened including, most recently, the Frederick, Md., branch in April of this year.

The anniversary event was memorable for attendees. Groff hosted a golf scramble on Bedford Spring’s award-winning course. There was a “Closest to the Pin” contest where a charitable donation was split between the Four Diamonds to benefit pediatric cancer and the winner. Charles Dowds won the contest and donated his prize of $530 back to the charity. The total charitable donation reached $2,275 after guests graciously donated more, which was matched by both Groff Tractor and Equipment and EPG Insurance to bring the grand total to a $6,825.

The evening began with a cocktail hour near the fire pit on Bedford Spring’s sprawling front lawn. After appetizers and drinks, guests were ushered to the Colonnade Ballroom for dinner. Dinner was followed by the antics of Paul Gertner, a magician. The evening wrapped up with a night cap near the fire pit. The celebration ended with a hot breakfast in the Eisenhower Ballroom.

“This event is our way of showing our appreciation to all of our business partners that have helped us make this milestone a reality,” said Mike Savastio, president and CEO of Groff Tractor. “Our success stems from having a dedicated team of employees, loyal customers and great business partners who have supported us throughout the years.”