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.
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 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.
If 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 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.
Find out how you compare to Jerry on his BuzzFeed quiz of choice:
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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
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 Mike Meadows.
Mike got his start with Martin Implement in 1995, upon graduating from Universal Technical Institute. As a certified technician, he’s received extensive training from our manufacturers, which allows him to work on any type of equipment we sell. Mike will often be found out in the field, undertaking some of the most demanding repairs that come our way. As part of our 24/7 emergency crew, he’s always prepared – come rain, snow or shine! Continue reading
Have you seen our service truck around town? You’d notice it for sure. It’s hard to miss the eye-catching Hyundai excavator and wheel loader graphics that wrap the truck. Don Mulderink, one of our seasoned service technicians, drives this one when performing equipment field service.
It’s not often for a business to be able to share their success with third generation family members. And yet, as Martin Implement celebrates its 70th year of operation, it seems that this sort of thing is almost second nature. That’s why we’re a little saddened to see Andy Novak depart our ranks. Like Tom, his father, and Art, his grandfather, Andy got his first taste of Martin Implement pushing a broom around the shop over summer school break. Along with his twin, Wade, he kept everyone around here guessing when it came to determining who’s who.
Eventually, each of the brothers formed their own identity within the company. Andy spearheaded the introduction of our Toro compact equipment line by serving as the product specialist for four years. More recently, Andy put us on the map up north when he assumed the position of Wauconda branch manager. It’s because of his willingness to take on new challenges that we’re confident that Andy will continue to succeed as he moves forward with a new endeavor. He’s set to start a 9-month apprentice program in sustainable urban agriculture that’s run by the Windy City Harvest branch of Chicago Botanic Gardens.
It’s certainly indicative of Andy’s personality to dream big. While many of us just seek to feed our families, he’s thinking of how to better feed the world! We’ll miss you partner. Hope you come around to visit from time to time. And, oh yeah, don’t forget to bring the food if you do!
The Orland Park branch took the Ice Bucket Challenge and got soaked for ALS awareness.
The Orland Park branch got together and took the Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday to help raise awareness of ALS. We challenged our South Elgin and Wauconda branches.
We had participants from every department. Our 2 skilled operators synchronized the two Hyundai wheel loader buckets to deliver the cold ice water, assuring everyone got soaked.
Photography and video captured the screams, smiles and shivers (no four letter words) as the ice and water came down.
It was fun stuff! Check out the video:
This is great stuff: our very own Brad Beaulieu headed down to Brazil during the World Cup with his church group to play soccer with local kids and build the community with help from an area church. They got to do great work in areas that needed help and also got to enjoy some exciting soccer. Check out this video featuring their group from the Associated Press: