As a new employee to Blount, this week as part of my on-boarding with the company, I was lucky enough to go on a ride along with one of our Woods District Managers, Kent Helbig. We visited several of our dealers and the folks we talked with were all great people, passionate about their businesses and dedicated to helping their customers. What a pleasure it was learning so much from all of them!
Our first stop was Streator Farm Mart in Streator, Illinois. This has been a multi-generational operation for 46 years. They recently built a new showroom to better serve their customers. Beautiful building!
The second stop of our adventure led us to Buck Brothers in Hampshire, Illinois. This was one of four of their locations that sell a wide variety of Woods branded equipment, including our rotary cutters and flail shredders.
Bobcat of Rockford (IL) was our third stop. Below, you can see one of the Woods Batwings sitting in front of the Bobcat building and a picture of Kent taking a look at a Case skid steer loader (shhh… don’t tell him I took a picture of him!).
We visited two out of five Stoller International locations: Pontiac and Minonk. They also have locations in Herscher, Streator and Ottawa. Stoller has been family owned and operated for 80 years and the farming life runs deep in their blood. A special thank you to Dale for taking the time to chat with me about the websites!
Next on our adventure was Martin Sullivan, located in Lexington, Illinois. In business since 1926 with 13 locations, they have the experience and knowledge to help their customers with anything farm related. They also have a good looking row of Batwing rotary cutters!
Doyle Oil, located in Ellsworth, Illinois, is a father/son operation that has been around since 1975. Jack and his son, Doug, have a great selection of Woods equipment on their website. Check it out!
The last stop in our journey was at Cross Implement in Minier, Illinois. Cross Implement was awarded the top 100 dealer award for 2015 and they continue to strive to do their very best in servicing their customers with a great line-up of Woods products.
Someday, it would be fantastic to be able to visit more of our dealers and get to know more of these wonderful people who help the farming community every single day to “get their jobs done right.” Until then, I send out a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the dealers that were so kind and so willing to share their stories with me!