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Our History

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Business began

Back in 1929 (just before the Great Depression) Willard Young was diagnosed with heart problems. He and his wife, Eva, sold their Ashland area farm and, with three children in tow, moved to Wellington. Without a cent in the bank, they set up Wellington Implement.

1929
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Willard Young killed

Tragedy hit early in 1936. On January 30th, Willard Young was struck and killed by a fast moving train.

Left with three children (ranging from a second grader to a high school senior) and a business with which she was unfamiliar, Eva successfully combined the role of housewife, mother, and business woman. With the help and cooperation of the store's employees, International Harvester, and her family, the business grew to one of the most active, if not the largest, in the area.

1936
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Herrick Ave. location constructed

Robert Young, the oldest son, began helping his mother at the family business when he was still in high school. Following graduation in 1940, he worked full-time. Business was brisk and in 1945, the Young's purchased land on Herrick Avenue East and constructed their new building. It was ready and open for business by mid-1946.

1940s
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Walter Young & Robert Stannard Join the business

Following World War II, brother Walter Young came into the family business. In the early 1950's, sister Margery's husband, Robert Stannard, also joined the firm in the refrigeration area.

 

1950
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First Steiger tractor produced

1958
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First Cub Cadet produced

1961
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Fire breaks out, open for business the next day

Probably the biggest event over the years for the company was the major fire in late May of 1966. Damage was estimated near $100,000. The cause of this multi-alarm fire was never determined. Eva Young, still very active in the family business, called upon her children and grandchildren to help clean and rebuild. To this day, the exhaustive and fulfilling work done at that time remains a topic of conversation at family reunions.

1966
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Bill & Michael over see operations.

Bill Stannard (who joined the company in 1973) heads up the day-to-day operations. His cousin, Michael Young (he has been with the company since 1977) oversees the operation of Wellington Indoor Comfort.

1970s
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IH introduces Axial Flow Combines

1977
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50th Anniversary

 Celebrated our 50th Anniversary (Our IH sales rep at the time still calls on us today w/ CIH!)

1979
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International Harvester became Case IH

1985
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Case IH acquires Steiger

1986
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The first Case IH Magnum tractor produced

1988
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Added Massey Ferguson

1994
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First use of GPS technology for farming

1995
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Patti Young joins the business

In 1998, after traveling the world and working in New York, Cincinnati, and New Orleans, another grandchild of Eva's, Robert's daughter Patti Young, decided to make Wellington her home and the family business her new career.

1998
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Case IH becomes part of CNH

1999
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Tom Stannard Joins the business

January 2001 commemorates the fourth generation of family to join Wellington Implement. Tom Stannard, Bill's son and Eva's great-grandson brings with him experience from his work in Cub Cadet's corporate offices.

Relocated to South Main St. facility

2001
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Added Scag Commercial Mowers

2003
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Our 75 th Anniversary, annual sales volume has tripled since 2001

2004
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STX500 Steiger shatters World Plowing Record @ 792 acres in 24 hrs

2005
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Golden 30 Awards

Recognized as a top north-central Ohio business at the Golden 30 Awards

2006
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80th Anniversary

80th Anniversary celebration currently have 40 employees

2009
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10 years at our new location

 Recognized as a top north-central Ohio business at the Golden 30 Awards

2011
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Our Parts Department achieved Pinnacle Status with Case IH

2012
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Golden 30 Awards

 Recognized as a top north-central Ohio business at the Golden 30 Awards

2012
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Remodel complete

Finished a two month remodel of our Parts, Service, and 2nd Floor Sales offices, replaced our Case IH sign.

Achieved Pinnacle Status within our Parts Department

2013
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Our 85th Anniversary

Case IH Signs Supply Agreement With Great Plains for Twin Row Planters

Case IH introduced Tier 4 Final emissions compliant equipment marking the final stage in EPA emissions compliance

2014

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