“We’ve been pleased to be members of AED for the time that we have. AED is one of our longest-standing associations and we appreciate the relationship that we have with them.”
Nine of the more than 20 plaques awarded went to companies celebrating 25 years of membership. Companies that received a 25-year anniversary plaque include Birkey’s Construction Equipment Company, BLS Enterprises, Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation, George & Swede Sales & Service, Lano Equipment, Scott Equipment, Vermeer Corporation, Vermeer Midwest and Wiese USA.
There’s a lot to love about AED membership, according to Douglas Hansen, president of W.I. Clark Company, a Connecticut construction and industrial equipment dealer and recipient of a 75-year AED anniversary membership plaque: “In what ways has AED benefited our company through the years? It’s the publications, the educational training, the networking opportunities – even more than that, it’s the work that they do with the federal government that translates down to the states,” Hansen said. “The lobbying efforts that AED does to make sure our industry’s needs are visible to legislators are so important. Having chances to get together to network and share stories with other dealers – and realize we’re not alone in doing what we’re doing – is also nice.”
AED also awarded three 50-year AED membership anniversary plaques. Recipients include Bobcat of Indy, Finkbiner Equipment Company (a subsidiary of American State Equipment) and Monroe Tractor & Implement Company.
Jon Pederson, president of Minneapolis-based construction and aggregate equipment dealer Ruffridge-Johnson Equipment, has attended AED events for four decades. He lamented the number of dealers he’s seen go out of business through the years – and is proud Ruffridge-Johnson Equipment is still standing.
“The networking opportunities have always been what I’ve valued most about our company’s AED membership,” he said. “Things have changed drastically since I first started going to AED conventions 40 years ago. Today there are a lot fewer dealers. We’ve seen a lot of other dealers go out of business in the past few years, so to be in business for 75 years is a big deal – and it’s a pretty classy plaque, too.”
Pederson’s business partner, Dave Hosch, attended the 2018 AED Summit and collected the 75-year membership plaque on behalf of the team at Ruffridge-Johnson Equipment.