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
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
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
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.
First Steiger tractor produced1958
First Cub Cadet produced1961
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
Bill & Michael oversee 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
IH introduces Axial Flow Combines1977
Celebrated our 50th Anniversary (Our IH sales rep at the time supported us with Case IH until 2007!)1979
International Harvester became Case IH1985
Case IH acquires Steiger1986
The first Case IH Magnum tractor produced1988
Added Massey Ferguson1994
First use of GPS technology for farming1995
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
Case IH becomes part of CNH1999
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. facility2001
Added Scag Commercial Mowers2003
Our 75 th Anniversary, annual sales volume has tripled since 20012004
STX500 Steiger shatters World Plowing Record @ 792 acres in 24 hrs2005
Golden 30 Awards
Recognized as a top north-central Ohio business at the Golden 30 Awards2006
80th Anniversary celebration currently have 40 employees2009
10 years at our new location
Recognized as a top north-central Ohio business at the Golden 30 Awards2011
Our Parts Department achieved Pinnacle Status with Case IH2012
Golden 30 Awards
Recognized as a top north-central Ohio business at the Golden 30 Awards2012
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 Department2013
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 compliance2014
Sales & Service Agreement for Yanmar Construction
With great success offering Yanmar tractors, Yanmar excavators were a natural fit for Wellington Implement. With great name recognition in the light construction industry these machines were an instant success2015
Case IH Brings High Speed Planting to the Market
The Case IH 2100 series planters were introduced and able to achieve planting speeds between 7-10 MPH while maintaining precision accuracy. This is made possible by a new row unit equipped with Precision Planting vDrive meters, Speed Tubes and Delta Force. This planter also features a cast-iron row unit backbone and parallel arm, wing down pressure, pneumatically adjusted row cleaners and closing system and factory installed in-furrow fertilizer. Wellington Implement would go on to market their first two 2100 series planters the following year.2016
Cub Cadet Introduces Pro Z Professional Mower Series
Successfully marketing the Cub Cadet ProZ 100 Series in 2016, and with the ProZ 500, 700 & 900 Series in test with 50 different landscapers across the United States, 2017 marked the official release of the full line of Professional Mowers from Cub Cadet.2017
Ashland Location Opened
Wellington Implement opened a second location in the former Ashland Implement facility to better service clients in Ashland and Richland counties.2018
Case IH Pinnacle Award; Added a location in Medina
As one of 37 dealers in North America, Wellington Implement received the Pinnacle award from Case IH for excellence in Parts, Service, Sales, Marketing, AFS & Operations with credit for an exceptional job well done to the team members in all of our departments!
In our 90th year, Wellington Implement opened a third location as a light construction, compact tractor and outdoor power equipment store in the former Medina Tractor Sales facility. With this acquisition we now offer Ferris commercial mowers.2019
Our Ashland Store Relocates, Case IH Introduces New Products, Addition of Great Plains
Wellington Implement relocates it's Ashland location 1.5 miles to a larger and freshly renovated facility on US-42
Through an acquisition of Australian-based K-Line Ag, Case IH entered the high-speed disc market with the Speed-Tiller available in sizes from 6' to 41'
Case IH gives farmers the freedom to farm they way they want with the AFS Connect Magnum & Steiger tractors.
Wellington Implement adds the Great Plains farm equipment brand in it's Ashland location2020
Kawasaki Side by Sides & Gehl
Summer of 2021 Kawasaki's side by side utility vehicle product offering was added to the Ashland location
The Gehl light construction equipment line was added to the Wellington store allowing customers to get parts, equipment & service at all three locations.2021
Cub Cadet Releases "SurePath" GPS Guided Mower
Now novice operators can achieve the results of the pro's with Cub Cadet's SurePath commercial zero turn. Utilizing the same GPS technology prevalent in agriculture today, SurePath allows for perfect lawn stripes with almost zero overlap.2022
Stihl, Wright & Oil "Oh My"!
2023 marks several growth initiatives for Wellington Implement. The Wellington location adds Stihl hand-held products which includes both battery- and gas-powered tools. All three locations add Wright Mowers who cater to the demands of pro landscaper & institutional customers and include the industry's first production autonomous commercial mower. Ashland & Wellington add a combined 10,800 gallons of bulk oil storage as our dealership begins offering bulk oil service providing the most affordable OEM quality lubricants with on-farm convenience. Our Wellington location also again received the coveted Pinnacle award of excellence from Case IH joining only one other dealer location in Ohio, and 80 others across the US and Canada.2023