Meet our Members

Scholarships - Giving Back

Each year the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) awards college scholarships to a group of deserving young people. Each Diploma Scholarship recipient was vetted by our Scholarship Committee made up of Carol Russell (Abilene Machine), Brian Kitch (Bates Corporation), Linda Benton (Southeast Tractor Parts, Inc.) and Paul Dyke (All States Ag Parts). Allow us to introduce you to our Scholarship Award Winners for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Andrea Blankespoor - Andrea is pursuing a degree in nursing at St. Luke's College and was sponsored by member corporation A & I Products;

Connor Brinton - Connor is seeking a degree in business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was sponsored by member corporation Hoober, Inc.;

Alexis Fabian - Alexis is at the University of Northern Iowa seeking a degree in education and was sponsored by Worthington Ag Parts;

Angela Good - Angela is working toward a degree in business administration and management at Millersville Univerity and was sponsored by Hoober, Inc.;

Matthew Kennedy - Matthew is at Indiana Purdue - Fort Wayne studying civil engineering and was sponsored by TTP-Diesel Power & Machine;

Dorea Lauer - Dorea is at Fox Valley Technical College working toward an Associates Degree and was sponsored by All States Ag Parts;

Lexee Lemler - Lexee is working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Manchester University and was sponsored by Bates Corporation;

Jamin Manus - Jamin is at Hawkeye Community College where he is working toward a degree in agriculture. Jamin was sponsored by A & I Products.

Once again, thank you to our Board the Selection Committee and congratulations to our scholarship winners!

 

 


"Where Can I Get Parts?"

Recently Rachel Gingell wrote a blog piece for Farms.com and she said this truly was a key question before a person buys a used tractor. "Before you buy a used older model/antique tractor, ask yourself this single most important question: where can I get parts?" You can read that article here.

Woman QuestionsShe went on to say there are many different kinds of parts and many different outlets and she did mention salvage yards, "If something big like an axle breaks, a salvage yard is often the best place to get a replacement for an older-model tractor."

We wish she would have done a search for "Used Tractor Parts" or "Used Ag Parts" because the NTPDA website would have popped up and she (and any buyer of a used or older model tractor) would have learned more about our members and our association and the availability of parts.

Our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) not only can find "something big" but we can also get aftermarket parts, rebuilt parts...you know...tractor parts.

In addition because of the wide range of member dealers and associate members we can put machinery owners in touch with the part they are looking for not only online but also in person. The members of NTPDA have talented and knowledgeable counter and phone staff that have been in the business for decades and can often answer the question before the caller gets the full question asked.

So, yes, Rachel is right, a buyer better have a place where he or she can be assured that the part is available. And that's why we exist. That buyer should come into contact with NTPDA. We've got you covered!


Be Here Before You Know It

The days go by quickly and so too does your opportunity to same some money on your NTPDA Annual Conference and Trade Show registration. November 30th is the first cut off...but if you get in yet today you'll save $75 per person! Here is a link to the registration forms!

So a quick rundown of the agenda for our San Antonio experience is in order: You will be staying in the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel by Wyndham. It is very, very nice and we've arranged for special pricing for our event. Go ahead...have a peek at our accommodations. 

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Wednesday January 18, 2017
- Our vendors have setup time at the Fiesta Pavilion. Then we'll hold an early arrival party at Charlie Wants a Burger (we know...it's a little different but, hey...so are we!) we'll have music with Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils and more.  Loads of fun for our early birds this is something you will NOT want to miss!

San Antonio SpeakersThursday January 19, 2017 - After breakfast our presenter DJ Harrington will do a "Check Up from the Neck Up". It's a look at your sales and business model. Then, after a break Mel Kleiman will talk about when you hire the right people your management process is much easier. After lunch Crystal Washington will join us to talk about the digital transformation of sales/marketing and how that has impacted our industry. Our "Welcome to San Antonio" reception is that evening starting at 5pm. We'll also be giving our regular members the opportunity to experience our Trade Show.

Friday January 20, 2017 - The Trade Show Floor opens at 9am and we'll have some time to visit in the NTPDA Marketplace.  The annual meeting and election of officers takes place at 11am. Lunch will, again, be served on the Trade Show Floor so we'll have even more time to spend with our vendors. Our Trade Show closes at 4pm and then it's time to get ready for our dinner with entertainment by the Jackie Myers Band.

We're looking forward to seeing each of you in January. Don't forget, register today!!  Our event in San Antonio promises to be fun, educational and a great opportunity to re-connect with all of your NTPDA friends! 

 


Members Share Their Story

While NTPDA was in Kansas City for our Annual Meeting and Trade Show several of our members wereNTPDA16 KC WEB
interviewed for the radio broadcast of Insight on Business the News Hour. Each was asked to explain what their business was about and what was their biggest business concern moving forward. 

We think you'll have lots in common with their answers and our thanks to the Business News Hour for providing us this audio so we could share it with our members.

Those who sat for the interview included: 

  • Mike Prieb from Buhler, Kansas
  • John Dyke from Downing, Wisconsin
  • Brian Kitch from Bourbon, Indiana
  • Randy Anderson from Bluffton, Ohio
  • Kendell Jensen from Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Jim & Richard Cook from Clinton, Missouri
  • Mike Winter from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Click above for the podcast interview!

Thanks for being members and for voicing your issues. You need to know we were listening and we are making plans to respond to your shared concerns. Together, perhaps, we can work on solutions.


Welcome eShipperUSA to NTPDA!

The Board of Directors of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) has EShipperUSA Logoapproved the Associate Member Status Application for eShipperUSA!  We thought you might like to meet Sal and hear a bit more about the company.

Estalished in 2005, eShipperUSA has strong relationships with major airlines, couriers and trucking companies and they have been named as NTPDA’s preferred small package carrier. 

Sal will be reaching out to you to introduce himself and his service offering - he is  a direct provider of all major small package services and has some great options for your domestic and international freight activities!

Sal has agreed to provide a courtesy freight analysis to all NTPDA members and he will also be attending the January convention in Kansas City so you may want to visit with him about your transportation program.

Welcome Sal and eShipperUSA!


That Communication Thingy

NTPDA SM Images1 WebOver the past several months we've been more active on the NTPDA Facebook Page and other social media outlets.  Yes, we're on Twitter! And, we've been watching what our members have been posting, sharing and communicating. It's really exciting to see the way in which we keep up with each other...members and guests.

Go ahead and click on any of the photos here to catch a larger image.

We've really enjoyed reading the Antique Tractor Blog from Steiner Tractor Parts and watching the videos "Wrenching with Rachel".  Good stuff and they get all kinds of traction.

Southeast Tractor Parts has been posting flowers on their Facebook Page. Different but effective.

The photography coming out of our friends at Combine World has been stunning. Great use of the camera for #Plant15!  Here's a sample from this weekend.  Combine World Photo May 2015

Oh, #Plant15?  That's the Hashtag we've been following and posting to for the 2015 Planting Season.  You just plug #Plant15 into your Twitter Search or Facebook Search and BAM you'll see what folks have been posting. Interesting stuff.

Our friends at Reliable Aftermarket Parts have Beaver Hat Bill and that's always a hoot to read.  Where he gets this stuff is beyond us.

So many of you posted thoughtful images and words for Memorial Day and that meant so much to so many.  Thank you.

Our friends from Mylex International have this "Pirate Thing" down. Every time we Mylex Pirate Photosee a post it makes us want to run out, grab an eye patch and shout "Arrrrrrrrrr!!"

Wengers of Myerstown have been searching through some old photos and it's always fun to see family members from long ago....and not so long ago.

Speaking of photos we can always count on our friends from Fastline to share some worthwhile images on Twitter and on Facebook.  Nice job.

Hoober Inc. is into Throwback Thursday Photos and they are a great addition to their social media efforts.

And, of course there are many, many more.  If you've got a few spare minutes (with all this rain out there no doubt you do) and you've got a Facebook Page or a Twitter Account go ahead and search for some interesting communication pieces from our family of members.

Congratulations for sharing interesting stories, photos and events. Nice work out of you!

It's how so many communicate!

 


Wengers of Myerstown - A Family Affair

Every so often NTPDA does a quick profile of a member.  Last week we asked Molly Wengers LogoDubble if she would check in with the Wenger Family of Wengers of Myerstown a company that has been serving the agricultural and construction industries since 1946. We thought the stories she shared with us is typical of a closely held family company and we're proud they are members of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.

"Last week I had the chance to speak to Lloyd Wenger.  His father, Carl Wenger founded the business in 1946.  Lloyd is the oldest of the seven Wenger children, all of whom are actively involved in the family owned and operated business. (Photo of Carl and his wife Margaret  with the family.)

G1-G2 Spring 2014 PhotoWe talked about several different topics but two stories really resonated with me.  Lloyd was sharing about the work he does selling equipment and parts and online. He told me that Wengers of Myerstown has been rated by over 5,800 people on a ratings website and the company has received a 100% Customer Satisfaction Rating. That says so much about how the family and the company take care of their customers.

He then told me about a recent trip to the bank during which the bank teller thanked him for being a loyal patron of the bank since 1950.  Sixty-five years with the same bank!  That says something about loyalty.

I also spoke to the youngest of the Wenger children, Rose.  Rose oversees the Human Resources tasks for the business and while we were talking she shared the stories of Daryl, Donnie and Leon.  All are employees that have been with the company for over 35 years.  Leon’s story goes even further.  His father Paul worked at Wengers of Myerstown for nearly 25 years and Leon’s son, Kurtis began working for the business over five years ago. 

So why share these stories?

It’s anecdotes like these that tell the story of Wengers of Myerstown.  It is an organization that, above all else, values its customers, business partners, and employees.  Most importantly, it does so while providing quality construction and agricultural equipment and parts as well as machining services and quality used motorcycles.  Wengers of Myerstown is pleased to be able to provide these products and services to our customers and our friends, the members of NTPDA.

Thanks Molly we sure enjoyed learning more about the family and the business! 


Rock Valley Tractor Parts

Rock Valley Tractor PartsNational Tractor Parts Dealer Association member spotlight this week showcases long time member Rock Valley Tractor Parts

Rock Valley Tractor Parts has been in business since 1938 and has a large, centrally located facility in Rock Valley, IA.  They sell Used, Rebuilt and New tractor parts to farmers, ranchers, restorers, dealers, and other salvage yards.  They are proud of the reputation they have built in the 70+ years of doing business by working with many reputable vendors to give their customers the best quality parts at the lowest possible price.

Their entire inventory of over 150,000 part numbers is on the computer and they are ready to ship.  That means there are over 5,000,000 parts cataloged and inspected so when customers call they can ship the part the same day it is ordered.  They don’t have to go pull it off the tractor and hope it is good, and that saves customers money and downtime.  For orders over $1,000 they will include a free RVTP T-shirt as well.

To learn more about Rock Valley Tractor Parts visit their website at http://www.rvtractorparts.com/.  


Welcome New Member - Reubicon International

ReubicontractorslogoWe're always proud to lift up new and existing members of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA).  Today we showcase Reubicon International out of Austin, TX.  What is it they bring to our membership?  Here you go:

The owners of Reubicon International, Deepak Marwah, and his wife, Seema Marwah, opened their Deepak Marwah doors in Austin in 2005. Along with their 35 years of experience in manufacturing and distributing OEM parts, they use their large sourcing base and network in India to provide high quality parts at the best possible prices. Not only do they serve the distributors, but with the help of online conduits they are able to serve the end users of these products as well. As of 2014, they have served nearly 3,000 individual customers worldwide. They are expanding their inventory almost daily to accommodate this ever growing industry and the specific needs of every customer. The focus has always been first and foremost to serve the requirements of every customer by offering special orders Seema Marwahfor hard to find parts, fast shipping, and direct contact to a real person for all questions and concerns-- 7 days a week. This company cares about getting their customers back up and running and back in business quickly at a price that’s fair. The shelves stay stocked with a variety of filters, switches, lamps, hydraulic pumps and power steering cylinders, repair kits, engine parts, brake and clutch parts, seats and cushions. They are rated as “Top Rated Sellers” on Ebay and also a BBB accredited company. They have an expertise with an excellent manufacturing base for hydraulic and power steering cylinders with a variety of product applications, metal fabricated parts, injection molded parts, ignition and other switches for tractors. 

 

We take this opportunity to welcome Reubicon International to our NTPDA family.  To learn more about their business here is the link to the Reubicon International website.

 


Mylex International Inc

Mylex International Inc (3)Mylex International Inc. will be one of the exhibitors at the 2015 National Tractor Parts Dealer Association’s Conference and Trade Show in Memphis, TN, in January.  Their booth is always fun and interesting with different themes and last year was the infamous Pirate theme.

Beginning in 1980 as Nozzle Recon and only reconditioning nozzles…Mylex International Inc was "reborn" in 1995, operating out of
Mendenhall, MS.  The great group of people working at Mylex now remanufacture diesel fuel injection pumps, injectors, and turbo chargers Mylex photo 1 in addition to most of the costly internal parts of a fuel system. Which in the long run will save you time and money.  They will rebuild the parts instead of just replacing with new, and still give you that 1 year warranty!  They have a variety of exchange cores on hand to get you moving faster or they can rebuild your cores.  Give Mylex a call with any of your fuel injection needs, either old or new equipment.