Bednarz to retire after 45 years with John Deere
What started out as a drilling job with his grandfather, turned into a lifetime career for Dave Bednarz.
Bednarz has worn the John Deere logo on shirt for the past 45 years, and plans to retire from Gooseneck Implement at the end of the month.
Bednarz and his grandpa drilled the well for the new Rugby John Deere store in 1971. After he and his grandfather were finished, Rugby equipment asked Bednarz if he wanted to work for them.
Bednarz started as a diesel technician in 1972; a position he held for 25 years.
“I had good mentors in the late Don Bier and Bill Krick from Rugby,” Bednarz said.
Some of the most challenging times while working for John Deere were during the early 1980’s.
“Prices were low and interest rates were 18-21%,” Bednarz said. “Rugby Equipment sold only one new tractor in 1982.”
In 1997 Bednarz was asked to be the Service Manager, and held that position for 19 years. Last year, he moved into a customer service representative role.
Bednarz said his favorite piece of John Deere equipment is his Gator, which he often drives around with his grandkids. He is also a fan of the John Deere 4430.
“The most popular tractor was the 4430, which came out in 1973,” Bednarz said. “It had a sound guard cab and air conditioning. The first 4430 in Rugby sold for $11,500, and today (44 years later) it is worth more than it was new.”
Looking back on the past 45 years, Bednarz felt his time with Rugby Equipment and Gooseneck Implement has gone by fast.
“Working with the customers and employees has been my favorite part about working at Rugby Equipment and Gooseneck,” Bednarz said.
Bednarz and his wife plan to do some traveling and spend more time with their grandkids. Bednarz said he also plans to spend more time at the museum and working on his antique engines.
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