Adieu Monsieur Guimond!

It’s likely not a coincidence that a person with French ancestry, like Greg Guimond, would wind up settling in the town of Bourbonnais. And so perhaps it was also preordained that Greg’s travels would lead him to a long and prosperous career at Martin Implement Sales. Greg found his calling in equipment parts, not long out of high school. After cutting his teeth in the business with local Massey Ferguson and Ford dealers, Greg came north to Orland Park in 1984 to be part of the Martin Implement team. Within six years, he was running the show as Parts Manager for the dealership. Continue reading

Fare Thee Well, Sam Langham!

Fare Thee Well Sam

Perhaps it’s true that you can take the kid out of the country, but not the country out of the kid. Raised on a farm in Tamalco, Illinois, located in downstate Bond County, Sam Langham grew up with a healthy curiosity for machinery and the way things operate. That interest eventually led him up Interstate 57 to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he enrolled in Agricultural Communications. That curriculum offered Sam the opportunity to combine his farm background with a passion for photography, which resulted in a photojournalism assignment for the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as a stint on the photo staff for the school newspaper, The Daily Illini. Continue reading

Introducing Mike Heyne

We’re proud to announce the addition Mike Heyne to our sales team! Mike is replacing long time sales rep, Sam Langham, who’s retiring on January 27th. He’ll be in charge of turf accounts, which mainly comprises landscapers, cemeteries, golf courses and park districts. His territory primarily encompasses the Illinois counties of Cook, Kankakee, parts of Will and DuPage, along with Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.

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Meet The Martins: Andy Gustafson, Driver/Shop Assistant

Meet the Martins is a chance for our friends and customers to get to know our company a little better. It serves as a means of putting a face to our organization. In this segment, we’ll head over to our service department and meet Andy Gustafson.

Chances are you’ve seen Andy behind the wheel of our delivery truck since he’s been traversing the roads for us since 1994. In addition to knowing our service area like the back of his hand, Andy’s maintained an exemplary safety record; ensuring that equipment is not only delivered in a timely fashion, but also without incident. When he’s not making deliveries, Andy can be found in our service shop performing equipment maintenance, set-up and basic repairs. Because of his focus and versatility, Andy is a significant contributor to our Martin team, and another reason why the company stays pointed in the right direction, so to speak! Continue reading

Meet The Martins: Brian Vaughan, Service Technician

Meet the Martins is a chance for our friends and customers to get to know our company a little better. It serves as a means of putting a face to our organization. In this segment, we’ll head over to our service department and meet Brian Vaughan.

Brian Vaughan

Befitting an earlier career as a carpenter, Brian has a passion for constructing things. That’s why when Brian joined Martin Implement’s South Elgin branch in 2009, he had already mastered the challenges of an equipment service technician due in large part to his analytic mind and nine years turning wrenches at the Payline West dealership. With his experience and know-how, Brian’s able to work on anything that comes through the doors of our shop. In a profession being rapidly shaped by technology, Brian continually remains ahead of the curve and is an admirable mentor to our newest team members. Continue reading

Meet the Martins: Cathy Lewis, Rental Coordinator

Meet the Martins is a chance for our friends and customers to get to know our company a little better. It serves as a means of putting a face to our organization. In this segment, we’ll head over to our rental department and meet Cathy Lewis.

Martin Implement Cathy Lewis Rental

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Bye John La Bennett: We’ll Miss You!

Martin_Implement_Sales_John_CroppedIf you haven’t heard, John La Bennett from our parts department is retiring. John’s been an integral part of our team for 20 years, and we thank him for his time with the company. We’ll miss him, but we know he’ll be enjoying his new found free time! If you’re in this week, stop by and wish him the best of luck! Continue reading

Meet The Martins: Jerry McIntosh

Meet the Martins is a chance for our friends and customers to get to know our company a little better.  It serves as a means of putting a face to our organization. In this segment, we’ll head over to our parts department and meet Jerry McIntosh.

Jerry came aboard with Martin Implement at our South Elgin branch in 2010, following five years spent working for the Payline West dealership. This decade-long tenure in equipment parts has positioned Jerry as a go-to-guy behind the counter. His easy going personality resonates with customers, who not only appreciate his resourcefulness but also enjoy the friendly manner in which they’re treated.

 

What do you enjoy the most about Martin Implement? The challenge; you never know what the next phone call or customer at the counter will bring.

What new piece of equipment have you recently had to source parts for? This may not be so unique, but I do like working with our Hyundai line. The parts are easy to look up and you can check availability and order right from the site.

What product would you recommend that most customers aren’t aware of? Poly edges for snow plows. The poly edges we carry are a universal fit. They’ll work on almost any snow plow in the market.

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Way To Go Windy City Harvest and Andy Novak!

Our congrats to Andy Novak, family member, and former Martin Implement Wauconda branch manager. He’s one the 2015 graduates of the Windy City Harvest apprentice program in sustainable urban agriculture, run by the Windy City Harvest branch of Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Windy City Harvest is a learning and jobs-training initiative to help build a local food system, healthier communities, and a greener economy. Windy City Harvest projects in place include a rooftop farm at McCormick Place, rooftop garden on the South Michigan Avenue Hilton, to farms in West Garfield Park, Washington Park, Austin and North Lawndale. Continue reading