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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.   


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Every weekday we, at NTPDA, reach out to our current, former and potential members just to check in, thank them for their membership, encourage membership and better explain the benefits of membership. But, long before we get into all of that we explain the reason for our call, "Hi, and thanks for Man phone call plad shirt taking our call. We reach out to our members, potential members and past members just to check on you and your business. Tell me, how are things with you and your family?"

We can tell you that the overwhelming response has been very positive. Somebody actually cares and is willing to take the time to reach out. And nearly every call we've been making we're hearing reports that business in the agriculture world is solid. It could be a combination of farmers/ranchers having the time to focus on repair or it could be lower prices are forcing many do DIY or it could be that they are seeing value in their relationship with their parts supplier.

In other words...business is good.

We share that with you for a reason. On each call we learn more about our members and their unique place in their community and how they reach out to customers old and new.

Just like with everything else, if you stay in touch with your customers and keep your business "top of mind" they will more likely continue to do business with you. But, just like we're doing with our membership it all takes time. But, the rewards can be very positive.

One other thing.  Have you got news for us?  

Onion Dump Chicago TribuneFrom time to time our membership forgets to let us know about what's going on so that we can share that through our robust social media efforts, here in our
business blog or with other news outlets.

Just a reminder...if you've got news about your business or a story you want to share...like the onion story we heard last week from our member Steven Sparks at Nyssa Tractor & Implement. Check that HUGE yard!  Did you know that the biggest user of onions isn't the consumer but schools and restaurants?  And because so many restaurants and schools have shut down many farmers are having to "dump" their onion crop because it's way too expensive to try to hold them. And...Outback Steakhouse uses those "jumbo onions" for their famous "Bloomin' Onion" and many of them come from onion patches near Nyssa. (Photo - Chicago Tribune)

Who...knew?

So, if you've got a story send it along, we'd love to share.  You can send it to Michael@NTPDA.com

Stay safe and well!


The 2020 NTPDA Scholarship Winners

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) Scholarship Committee has released the names of the 2020 NTPDA Scholarship Winners. The Diploma Scholarship committee, made up of NTPDA members, met several times to rank the blind applications. Congratulations to the following individuals and their sponsors:

Tate Blankespoor, son of Harvey and Cheryl Blankespoor, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Tate is attending Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Biology. His sponsor is A & I Products in Rock Valley, IA.

Alicia Dennie, daughter of Cory and Teresa Dennie, recently was awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Alicia is attending Purdue University pursuing a degree in Pre-Dentistry.  Her sponsor is Bates Corporation in Bourbon, IN.

Addie Dickerhoff, daughter of Doug and Kelly Dickerhoff, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Addie is currently attending Purdue University pursuing a degree in Nursing. Her sponsor is TTP – Diesel Power and Machine in Pierceton, IN.

Madison Koresh, daughter of Jeffrey Koresh and Stacy Roach, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Madison is currently attending Western Michigan University pursuing a degree in Psychology – Behavior Science.  Her sponsor is Steiner Tractor Parts in Lennon, MI.

Sophia Luu, daughter of Binh and Melanie Luu, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Sophia is currently attending Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; Emphasis: Creative & Technical Design.  Her sponsor is Hy-Capacity in Humboldt, IA.

Ty Joseph Neldon, son of Jamie and Jessica Neldon, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Ty is currently attending Southeast Missouri State University pursuing a degree in Business Administration. His sponsor is Worthington Ag Parts in Sikeston, MO.  

Emily Smith, daughter of Pete and Cindy Smith, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Emily plans to attend California Polytechnic State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Business.  Her sponsor is F.P. Smith Parts & Equipment Company in Fairfield, CA.

Jadelynn Vopat, daughter of Ray and Sara Vopat, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Jadelynn plans to attend Washburn University to pursue a degree in Biology.  Her sponsor is Abilene Machine, LLC in Abilene, KS.

Morgan Wood, daughter of Brian and Jenny Wood, was recently awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association.  Morgan plans to attend Lancaster Career and Technology Center to pursue a degree in Veterinarian Technician.  Her sponsor is Wengers of Myerstown in Myerstown, PA.

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is a trade association serving the agricultural and industrial industries with members throughout the United States, Canada, U.K., and India.  The NTPDA awards scholarships yearly to members, members’ employees and their families based on academic achievement, extra-curricular and community activities, and leadership abilities.  Each of our scholarship recipients has demonstrated outstanding qualities in each of these areas, and the NTPDA is very pleased to have presented them with this scholarship. 


Meet Our Members - Payteva - Fighting High Processing Fees

Our goal at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association  (NTPDA) is to truly add value to your membership. Here in our latest "Meet Our Members" segment Steve Casteel Image April 2020 you'll learn about our newest member, Payteva from entrepreneur Steve Casteel. There are many different fees associated with processing credit/debit cards and Steve, who has been in the business for several years, explains them and tells us what Payteva can do for you and your business. Take a few minutes and meet our member Steve Casteel from Payteva by clicking on the player below:

NTPDA Meet Member Payteva

Meet Our Members is a regular feature of the National Tractor Parts Dealership. Thanks for joining us

 


A Member Marketing Tip

From every report we've gotten it seems like our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association members who are selling parts into the agricultural sector are having a Brand Warrior Image really good year. Each day we reach out to both our Regular and Associate Members and, from what we hear, things are going well. That's the good news and we're grateful.

One of the things members might consider is to reach out to your "Brand Warriors" those top ten or fifteen people you KNOW who love your business and your service. Last week this segment aired on Insight on Business the News Hour and we thought it might be something valuable as you continue through this season and even during some slow times.  Your "Brand Warriors" can help you expand your business if you simply ask them to get involved.  Click on the audio file to listen.

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Remember, your membership is truly an investment and we're here to do everything we can to make that a reality.


Business News from SparexUSA

In our ongoing effort to keep the members, and friends, of the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) advised of business updates we’ve asked Jim Sparex Jan 2020 that you send us valuable news items. This week we spoke with Jim Hopp from member company SparexUSA who offered this information:

SparexUSA, headquartered in Aurora, OH, wants to let their valued customers know that currently we are operating at normal levels. The office and warehouses are open, and we are shipping and receiving product as usual. We are following the mandated rules of spacing and protection during the Covid19 pandemic.

One note, some transportation carriers are having a tough time meeting their published delivery deadlines.

The outside sales force and some office personnel are working from home, linked into the mainframe computer system, and working with customers.  “Will Call” at the warehouse sites remains open, however we have implemented extra cautions to minimize person to person contact when picking up fulfilled orders.

“Our goal is to provide our valued Customer Service, while providing for the safety of all.”

We can be contacted at:

Customer Service – 800-443-6472

Email – sales@sparexusa.com

“Thank You for your business – Please Stay Safe!”

Thanks, Jim

216-233-6982

jhopp@sparexusa.com


Business News from K&M Manufacturing

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) encourages our members to share information about their ongoing business development with us so we Mark Ziemann Photocan share the news far and wide over our expansive social media presence and by email.

Today we heard from Mark Ziemann of K&M Manufacturing headquartered in Renville, Minnesota.  Mark tells us that the company has implemented a “no travel” order for the outside sales force and those folks, along with the inside sales people and office personal, are all working from home and in contact with their customers.

K&M has set their phones to automatically roll over direct extensions to cell or home phones so there is no lag in making contact with the company.

As for the manufacturing and shipping departments they are fully operational and following government guidelines.  All orders that are received are being entered and fulfilled as usual.

Yet there have been some changes: All personal plant and office visits to the company facilities have been suspended ad all “will call” customer pickups have also been suspended until further notice.

Mark tells us that K&M is working with their vendors to insure that the supply chain remains viable and intact.

And, in case you were wondering, K&M Manufacturing has been declared an essential business.

Mark added, “Our goal is to provide for the safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and the community at large.  We are doing our very best to provide the high quality customer service you have come to expect from K&M.  While you may experience some longer than usual wait times due to a high volume of calls, and the current situation please be patient and bear with us. You can always send orders and get support via email to: sales@tractorseats.com.”

Mark said that customers can contact him via his cell phone or email if you have questions or concerns and added, “Please let me know if I can help, even if it is an out the ordinary request.  Please stay safe and we wish you the best during this situation. I am very proud of everyone in the industry dedicated to keeping our farmers and construction workers viable during these times!”

Mark Ziemann Cell Phone: 612-570-2653

Mark’s email: mark@tractorseats.com


Loader Parts Source - Meet Our Members with Levi Burkholder

The goal at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association is to bring value to our members and here you'll get to meet Levi Burkholder the founder and owner Levi Burkholder Jan 2020 of Loader Parts Source based in Wisconsin but doing business everywhere. Here you'll learn more about who Levi is, what he does and what he thinks about the NTPDA. We sat down with Levi during our Annual Conference & Trade Show in Maricopa, Arizona. It was the first time Levi had displayed with us. Click the player and enjoy....it's time to "Meet Our Members" with Loader Parts Source: 

Loader Parts Source Levi

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) is made up of some of the finest companies on the planet. Our organization has been around for nearly four decades helping our Regular and Associate members build relationships and their business. You can learn more about us at NTPDA.com. Thanks for coming by! 


Open For Business

During the past week we at the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) have been reaching out to our members and visiting about their business Open Sign and their families. We've talked to dozens of people and we're hearing that, compared to last year, business has been really good. "Farmers have been in the mood to fix and repair what they have and because planting season is coming up they are busy and they are buying", was one comment we heard often.

Meanwhile the biggest concern shared with us was that if business starts to falter what that might do to their employees. "I've never laid off a person since we started this business," said one of our members. "My goal is to stick with it. We had a tough time several years ago and we kept everybody working. I hope to do that now and into the future."

Commodity prices are also playing a part in how farmers are dealing with fixing and repairing their equipment. One of our members told us, "You know, if the commodities were higher maybe we wouldn't be so busy. Farmers have had a rough couple of years so buying new doesn't seem to be on the mind of many."

One of the very cool things about this association is that we all know each other, do business with each other and, generally, like each other. That always comes out in these conversations when we talk about family. It's important to them and it's also important to us so we talk about kids, grandkids, husbands wives and parents.

One final thought. Human connection is important. We've noticed that phone calls that may have been over in three or four minutes now linger as people want to stay connected and talk. It's been a pleasure to spend fifteen or twenty minutes talking business, family and friends. It's what we...do.

If we have not yet connected with you be assured you're on our list and remember on March 24 we'll celebrate National Agriculture Day.

Thanks for reading and stay safe and well. 


Meet Our Members - Interstate McBee with Chuck Wheeler

While the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association (NTPDA) was in Maricopa, Arizona for our 2020 Conference and Trade Show we sat down with several Chuck Wheeler Jan 2020 members in what we've called "Voices from Maricopa". Here you'll meet Chuck Wheeler from Interstate-McBee a company that is more than "interstate" they are international providing engine parts, fuel injection parts and components for the heavy duty diesel, natural gas industry and agriculture. Meet Chuck and listen in. All you have to do is click the player below and you'll be taken to "Voices from Maricopa" and "Meet our Members"!

Interstate McBee Chuck Wheeler

Thanks for listening and know that we're always on the lookout for stories from our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association members. If you've got some news shoot us an email to Michael@NTPDA.com  

If your company is not yet a member of NTPDA join us and we'll share how we bring real value to your membership.