West Side Tractor Hosts South Holland Facility Open House

Sat June 07, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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(L-R): Jeff Crafton and Pat Carroll, both of West Side Tractor, greet Dave Konopko of ECC Demolition.
(L-R): Jeff Crafton and Pat Carroll, both of West Side Tractor, greet Dave Konopko of ECC Demolition.
(L-R): Jeff Crafton and Pat Carroll, both of West Side Tractor, greet Dave Konopko of ECC Demolition. In front of the Deere statue are Brian Staresina (L) and Chris Crisan, both of Hasse Construction Co. Inc. Steve Kutcka (L) and Tom Geiger of Biesen Excavating, take a look at this 1931 John Deere model D tractor, which is owned by West Side Tractor founder Richard Benck. Lauren Coffaro, West Side Tractor Sales Co., helps Ed Kammrath of Walsh & Kelly Asphalt, register for door prizes. Enjoying the catered lunch from the famous Hog Wild (L-R) are Jason Sloat of Christy Webber Landscapes and Adam Dudek and Steve Deller, both of West Side Tractor. Jeff Pratt, West Side Tractor (far R) gives a tour of the new South Holland, Ill., facility  to Herman (L) and John Biesen, both of Biesen Excavating Inc. (L-R): Mary Wright and Peter Passas, both of West Side Tractor, tour the new facility with Mac DeLozier and Adam Foresta, both of Acme Refining. Steve Dillon (L), West Side Tractor Sales Co. and Blake Donaghue, Hanson Material Service, at the new South Holland, Ill., facility. Dan Gallagher (L) of Gallagher Asphalt and Brian Benck, West Side Tractor. Diane Benck (R), West Side Tractor, welcomes Jim Rancilio (L) and Frank Anderson, both of Hanson Material Service. Bob Wright (L), West Side Tractor, gives a tour of the new South Holland, Ill., facility to Bill MacDonald, Hasse Construction. Touring the shop area (L-R) are Dave Kroll, Kroll Farms; Mark Wunderink, Wunderink Riverside Farms; and Tom Benck, West Side Tractor Sales Co. (L-R): Company founders, Mary and Rich Benck and son, Steve, president, West Side Tractor Sales Co. Greg Zenere (L), Zenere Trucking & Excavating, gets the tour from West Side Tractors’s Curt Nelson.


On May 16, West Side Tractor Sales, the John Deere construction and forestry dealer for northern Illinois, and Indiana, hosted an open house at the new South Holland, Ill., facility. Customers, partners and West Side employees enjoyed a catered lunch from local favorite Hog Wild, participated in JDLink training sessions, toured the new facility and checked out John Deere’s latest and greatest products.

West Side’s new 25,200 sq. ft. facility is located at 150 W. 162nd St., Rt. 6, just down the road from the old building. To accommodate the area’s customer base, the new building features 10 shop service bays equipped with state-of-the-art service tools and equipment, a 4,000 sq. ft. parts department and warehouse, training facilities, and spacious and comfortable areas for West Side employees and customers.

The new building is especially symbolic because Rich Benck, the founder of West Side Tractor, worked for the previous Deere dealer as a technician at its South Holland, Ill., store. Benck eventually purchased the dealership from the previous ownership group. Fifty-two years, many expansions and three generations later, Benck helped design the new building.

This is a full-service facility offering new, used, rental, parts and service support to West Side customers.