Ditch Witch and Associated Equipment Distributors have enjoyed a long and fulfilling partnership. In 1970, Earl Harbaugh founded Ditch Witch Midwest in Carol Stream, Illinois. At that time he also became involved with AED. As the dealership grew, Harbaugh continued acting as a conduit between the two organizations; that set in motion interest from factory personnel and other dealers across the country.
“Earl was a pioneer in helping raise funds to develop The AED Foundation,” says Wierzbicki. “Over the years, several Ditch Witch representatives have been actively involved, serving on the AED board multiple times and on several committees.”
Harbaugh’s Carol Stream dealership is still going strong today, under the leadership of his son Mark. There are branch locations in Wisconsin and Indiana.
Meanwhile, AED has remained a valuable advocate for the Ditch Witch organization. The annual meeting, the education modules, and the finance class training have been particularly important services for the company and the entire dealer network.
That’s especially important today. Like other employers in the sector, the Ditch Witch organization is adapting to a changing economy; it’s a continuous challenge to attract and retain the right people. Wierzbicki looks to AED to continue developing efforts in recruitment and retention.
“Attraction to the industry and training opportunities are key, not only at the dealership level, but also at the corporate level,” Wierzbicki says. “AED is a powerful organization with the ability to make a positive impact across the entire industry.”