Member Stories - Herman Rempel

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association has a long history of helping our members grow their business. We thought it might be a good idea to "look Herman NTPDA Board
back" and profile some of the people who were with us near the beginning. Here is a short story about Herman Rempel, a lifetime member, who along with his wife, Jeannie attended nearly 20 NTPDA Annual Meetings. We reached out to his daughter Rebecca Braun who helped us pen this story:

Herman was fascinated by all things mechanical as a young boy. In his small home town of Niverville, Manitoba, he had the first transistor radio and subscription to Popular Mechanics. Some of his early toys included a horse and saddle, a green CCM bicycle he bought for $59 in 1950 with his paper route earnings, a Hiawatha scooter, a 1946 Chev convertible (the first built after WWII), a new fiberglass red and white Vanguard boat, a 1957 Vauxhall (which had the same Zenith-built carburetor as British Ferguson tractors), and a 1967 Lincoln Continental. Mostly every vehicle he owned he rebuilt, modified, and repainted red.

His first of eight airplanes was a Piper PA11 that he rebuilt from a wind-damaged wreck. It took one year and Herman Planewas finished two weeks before his wedding. He also owned three Cessna 172s, an Alon Aircoupe, a PA12 Piper (750 hours), a Beechcraft Sport, and finally a Cutlass RG Cessna 172 with 180 hp and retractable gear. Herman’s policy was always to be paid by and pay by certified cheque. This lesson was learned as he has numerous stories of how planes and automobiles were damaged on their ways home.

He worked for 11 years with his father, John K. Rempel, at an International Harvester dealership owned by Mr. George Kehler. To feed his growing family, he started rebuilding Ford 8N and 9N tractors in his car garage. He was known for his beautifully painted tractors and implements. Eventually, his hobby-turned-business grew and required him to buy two acres outside of his home tow. The yard had an abattoir which became his first building for repairs and storage. His business kept growing which required to hire more people, buy more land, build more buildings, erect more shelving, hire more people…you get it. He eventually farmed 80 acres with 3,500 tractors – that’s a Herman joke!

Herman was a walking encyclopedia of tractor parts information. He recalled almost every part number by heart and explained how and why and with what Herman Wife Young
you could interchange it. He also had jobber parts manufactured with modifications made to make them perform better.

Worthington purchased Rempel Tractor Parts in May 1994. Herman very much appreciated the way they treated him and enjoyed the five additional years he stayed in the business, including two winters in Sikeston, Missouri. There was no ownership stress, management and customers valued his knowledge, and he grew his relationships and formed new ones.

Former customers called him for information so he thought it would be good if he had a few replacement parts on-hand. Herman had a giant auction sale of parts and tools in 2017, so you can imagine that those “few” parts expanded out of his garage and basement and into storage trailers.

HErman Wife NowHe is a man of integrity, a wonderful storyteller, and is generous and empathetic. He was bighearted with his time and resources at their churches and in their communities.

He married the love of his life, Jeannie Buhr, in October 1964 and together they had four beautiful children. Now their family has grown to 24 with everyone included! They fully and happily retired when they moved from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Calgary, Alberta in December 2017 to be close to their daughters.

 

 


Announcing Abilene Machine Wholesale

January is turning out to be a month of mergers and acquisitions for our NTPDA Members. This week Abilene Machine announced that Quality Power Products Abilene Machine Logo Wholesale has officially become a wholesale division of Abilene Machine.  The rebranding of the business as Abilene Machine Wholesale is, as stated in their press release, "Abilene Machine Wholesale will be everything that's great about Quality Power Products - with even more to help your business succeed."

"For more than 25 years, our customers have relied on Quality Power Products to provide top-rated tracks and belts at affordable prices. We’ve been committed to delivering outstanding products with excellent service — all backed by our warranty program for peace of mind. At Abilene Machine Wholesale, those principles will continue to guide our business."

The release continues with, "When you work with Abilene Machine Wholesale, you’ll have access to even more product lines in addition to Q Power® Belts, Q Power® Draper Belts and Q Power® Tracks. You’ll get more tools for managing orders and tracking our extensive inventory. And you’ll get to keep working with our team for outstanding personalized and responsive service."

Troy Velder Image January 2021Troy Velder, who headed Quality Power Products for several years, has been named the Director of Wholesale Division for Abilene Machine. And, in the press release said, "Quality Power Products was founded on strong relationships and a commitment to doing business with integrity — values Abilene Machine has also embodied for more than 40 years. These shared values are why we’re thrilled to become part of their family and consider you, our customer, part of the family, too. We look forward to what the future has in store."
 
"As we transition from Quality Power Products to Abilene Machine Wholesale, we want you to know you remain front and center as our top priority. If you have any questions about how the transition will affect your account, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to discuss this new chapter with you." - Troy Velder Direct: 785.655.8127


Combine World to All States Ag Parts

NTPDA Member and North American agricultural parts supplier All States Ag Parts (ASAP) has acquired Combine World a Canadian company that specializes in Combine World Logo new and used parts for combines and swathers.  In announcing the acquisition John Dyke, CEO of ASAP said, “This is a great acquisition for us, Combine World complements our line of tractor parts being offered at Fawcett Tractor Supply (Ontario, Canada) and positions us to deliver tractor, combine and other ag parts to the farming community in Canada.” 

Dyke said the former owner, Charlie Smith, will remain in place as a valuable resource during the transition of ownership. All current employees of Combine World will be offered employment with All States Ag Parts. In the Charlie Smith Phoenixannouncement Smith talked about how being part of ASAP will bring even more opportunity to the his customers, “Being part of All States Ag Parts is a great opportunity to improve our ability to take care of customers.” said Charlie Smith, “We’ll have access to our current combine parts inventory while growing our tractor parts selection. We’ll also have access to parts from 11 other salvage yards.”  (Image: Charlie and Marjorie Smith with YRC Representative Aleisia Dragon in Phoenix 2020)

The Elstow, SK location will continue to operate under the Combine World name. Combine World also operates a satellite location in Alexander, MB.

All States Ag Parts now operates 17 locations in North America where they are leading supplier of agricultural parts carrying used, new aftermarket and remanufactured parts for tractors, skid steers, combines and other ag equipment. Parts are stocked for virtually all brands of equipment including John Deere, Case IH, Ford, New Holland, Allis Chalmers, Massey Ferguson, Agco, Hesston and many more.

The Board and Staff of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association congratulates our members and friends.

 


Nashville 2021 Annual Meeting - Cancelled

In what was a tough decision by the NTPDA Board of Directors the 2021 Nashville Annual Meeting has been cancelled. Over the past several weeks it was Nashville Skyline becoming more clear that the vast majority of our membership had made the decision to skip the event. This past weekend President Scott and Vice President Trey had some discussions about the numbers and, of course, the bombing which happened just blocks from our hotel. 

President Scott sent a note to each Board Member asking for their input and the group voted 8 to 2 to cancel. President Scott did not vote and would have only done so if there had been a tie.  We will be holding a Board Meeting Conference Call during the time that we had been scheduled for Nashville to accomplish the business of the Association. 

In addition if you had pre-paid your registration we'll be making reimbursements as soon as Kim gets back in the office.  If you made room reservations we urge you to call and cancel as soon as possible.

What's Next?

Now your staff is working to make sure we connect with each member who had indicated they were going to go to Nashville. We are also connecting with the hotel, the restaurant, transportation, the Jack Daniel's Distillery and others involved.  In addition we're also changing up The Bulletin and removing information about our 2021 event.  That issue should be in your hands in the next couple of days.

Now it's on to making plans for our 2021 Summer Meeting which is scheduled for Portland and our 2022 Annual Meeting and Trade Show which is scheduled for California. Our focus will be to create some outstanding events that will help each of our members and their businesses.

On a personal note you need to know that we worked hard to make this happen but in the end it was not to be.  You should also know that NTPDA Leadership took on the task to, behind the scenes, continue to keep everybody in the loop. We've had near daily phone calls and text messages.  Our thanks to President Scott and the entire Board of Directors for their input and work.  Thank you too for being an NTPDA Member...it matters.


A Membership Win - Win

A couple of weeks ago I got a message from President Scott that we might want to connect with his credit card processing agent Andy Goranson about themACCESS Payment Processing becoming an Associate Member. So I made the call, offered “the pitch” and we had a great conversation. Andy seemed interested and a day later said his company Access Payment Processing was “in”. Andy, by the way, is the president of the company.

The next step in becoming a member is that we circulate some of the new member data among our existing members so they have the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions. That email was sent out and within a couple of hours I get a call from Andy asking, “So am I a member because one of your members wants to do business with us!”  It was the fastest turn around I’ve ever seen.

Access Growth ImageMary Eisenmann from Eisenmann Supplies, based in Madison, Nebraska, saw the email and called Andy asking about switching out her current credit card processing service for Access. When I spoke with Mary she said their processing company was “OK” but, “I really do want to do business with a company that focuses on customer service and a person who we can trust. Those are the qualities I got from my conversation with Andy.”

Andy tells me that he sent her a new credit card machine, talked her through the setup and said that he plans to make a personal visit soon. Oh, one other thing:  The switch saved Eisenmann Supplies a couple of thousand dollars a year in fees.  And Mary indicates the switch was “seamless”.

Yes, there is real value in membership.

Got a great membership story for us?  Give us a call: 877-668-0900 and we're on it. 


Area Diesel Service - Member News

We love sharing Member News. Recently long time NTPDA Member and family owned company Area Diesel Service was awarded an ISO 9001:2015 Von Linda Leefers Trade ShowCertification. What does that mean for the company and its clients?  You can bet we asked. Here Von Leefers and his wife Linda explain what this is, the impact on their business and, more importantly, what it means to the people who, internationally, are buying from them. As always we're grateful to hear about stories like this and pleased that Area Diesel Service made the news. If you would like to listen to the interview with Von and Linda, just click the audio player below.

Congratulations and thanks for being a member.  AND...if you've got news about your business, make sure you connect with us. We'd love to tell your story too. You can reach us at 877-668-0900 or by cell at 515-707-7699.   


How Can We Help?

When you join an association like the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) they should be working on your behalf and not the other way Benefits-sm around. Ya think? Look, we get it, we've been members of other associations over the years and the relationship often seems to be a "one way street". That's not us. Our mission is to help you and your business grow. That's what we promised when you joined and that is our goal each and every day.

So, how do we do that?

You do know that when you do any print media and use the NTPDA logo that we'll send you a check up to $300 a year. The Bulletin is excluded but not your local newspaper, magazines, etc.  All we ask is that you send to our Texas office the ad so we can see the date and publication. 

You do know that as a member you get a major discount from our friends at Allied Information Network. Allied and NTPDA have been partners for years and years and as an NTPDA member you receive a discount when you use their service to list your parts.

Allied Information LogoYou do know that as a member using Allied that we have a parts search on the home page of our NTPDA website and that we often get calls from consumers looking for parts and we drop what we're doing and help them search for what they are looking for and then send them to our members.

You do know that as a member you have access to the NTPDA Library full of business related materials that you can check out and use to help you better promote and manage your business.

You do know that you have access to a marketing professional who will, at no additional charge, answer questions about marketing and advertising.

You do know that we have Associate Members in the trucking industry that, because you are a member, you will save thousands of dollars each year by contracting with them...

We're here to help and if you stump us with a question our goal is the find the answer.  

There is great value in your NTPDA Membership and we're just getting started.


Annual Meeting Agenda - Nashville 2021

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

37th National Conference 

January 14 - 17, 2021

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

The NTPDA office staff has been working on the 2021 National Conference (#NTPDA21) in the face of the coronavirus and made several changes for next year. We've been able to get the program approved by Renaissance Hotel Nashville President Scott and this is what we've got planned. Watch this space for the Registration Information. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

    All Day Arrivals

    Noon                            Registration

    3:00PM - 6:00PM           Depart for Top Golf

    7:00PM                         Early Arrival Party - The Bridge - Hotel 2nd Floor

Friday, January 15, 2021

    8:00AM                           Breakfast

    9:00AM                           Depart for Site Visit - Russell's Tractor Parts - Scottsboro, AL

    Noon                               Lunch & Retirement Party for Pat at Russell's Tractor Parts*

    2:00PM                            Depart for Jack Daniels Distillery Tour - Lynchburg, TN

    5:00PM                            Depart Lynchburg for return to Nashville

    7:30PM                            Dinner - Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Saturday, January 16, 2021

    8:00AM - 9:00AM               Networking - "Coffee & Conversation" Breakfast Served

    9:00AM - Noon                   NTPDA Member Presentations - In Person & Videos

    12:00PM                            Lunch/General Session/Election of Officers

    1:30PM                              NTPDA Board Meeting

    6:30PM                              Meet for Cocktails/Dinner/St. Jude Silent Auction

Sunday, January 17, 2021

All Day Departures

Please use your Sunday Breakfast Voucher

Have a safe trip home! 

* If you are in the area but not registered for the conference you are invited to attend the Pat Russell Retirement Party/Luncheon on Friday. To make       sure you have a reserved place contact Trey Russell at 256-259-6059 or send Phyllis an email Phyllis@NTPDA.com 

 

 

 

 


Put It On Video - Nashville & Beyond

As we make plans for a very different Annual Meeting and Trade Show we kicked around the idea of allowing our members to create a brief 3 – 5 minute video Video Crew to showcase their products/services.  Stay with me on this because it’s a great marketing tool for your business.

As you may know, due to COVID19 we’ll not be having a Trade Show in Nashville this coming January but (and this is where it gets interesting) how about hooking up with your fellow members via a produced video that we’ll not only share with attendees who come to Nashville in January but then release to all our members during the months following the scheduled January meeting?  Think of this as an enhanced Member Benefit! This is for all our members, Regular and Associate.

Here’s what I’m hoping for:

  • Create a short video with your crew to highlight your product/service;
  • Make sure it is “evergreen”. In other words no time limits on pricing, etc. If you have special NTPDA Member Pricing make sure it can carry through for months;
  • The video can be funny or serious...but you know this crew...if you can create with some humor...so much the better;
  • Put it on a Flash Drive and send it to me or, if you have the ability to use a Dropbox that will work as well.
  • We’ll then take your video and create the program for attendees and then begin to share it on our NTPDA Blog and through our social media platforms.

Work for you?  And, the Board has said there will be some prizes for “Best Of” so get cracking!  Deadline for you to get me your video is December 15, 2020.

Thanks and my address is: 2009 80th Street, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324

Michael Libbie, Business Development/Membership Cell: 515-707-7699


Should I Stay or Should I GO...

You're no doubt wondering if the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is moving forward with our Annual Meeting scheduled to take place in Man Confused Question mark January, on site, in Nashville. The Board of Directors have been polled by our president and the overwhelming response is, "Let's Go to Nashville!" 

Now, to be sure, we're working on implementing the wishes of the Board right now. We're not exactly sure what this will look like or how it will all come together in four months. But we've got several options and those are being considered and there, as we're sure you can imagine, lots of logistics included.  Some time ago it was decided that the group wanted less speakers and more time to network and socialize...so there is that. The Trade Show portion of the meeting is still up in the air and depends on what our Associate Members wish to do.

While lots of work has already been underway we've had to change some things up due to COVID19. So, while we're still four months out you need to know we're doing what we can to be able to present our members with an event they will enjoy.

And, finally a little music from The Clash. Why not...it's 2020!

Thank you for being loyal members of the NTPDA!