Encore Power Equipment Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Hundreds of company friends and employees gathered to help Encore Manufacturing Company celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Encore Power Equipment at the Beatrice, Neb., manufacturing company.

Encore President Dick Tegtmeier opened the celebration a day earlier with special sessions for Encore distributors. "Thanks to this group of distributors and their dealers, the Encore line has had a great anniversary year. They worked with us to make our Anniversary Special Promotion a tremendous success on the Prowler Mid Cut and 48-inch walk-behinds. Sales of the Prowler Mid Cut increased by unprecedented numbers," said Tegtmeier. "We had a special session to tell those folks thank you, and to listen to what they had to say about taking Encore into the future. We showed them a new mower and some accessories we are about to launch, then we kicked back and had some fun."

During the three-day event, a special achievement award was presented to plant manager Gary Rogge.

"Gary Rogge represents the unique team at Encore," said Doug Tegtmeier, national sales manager. Plant Manager Gary Rogge, National Service Manager Billy Harms, Chief Engineer Deven McGhee, Office Manager Ann Beatley and Shipping Manager Mark Rogge have all been with Encore since the operation began in 1988. "We are a small, growing company with a great deal of heart. Fifty percent of Encore's employees, including plant assembly and administrative staff, have been with Encore for over 9 years," added Doug Tegtmeier, who is himself a 10-year employee.

It was 1988 when Doug's father, Dick Tegtmeier, opened the doors of Encore Manufacturing Co. in Beatrice, Neb. Prior to starting Encore, he helped launch the Exmark mower line and was involved in the design of the first commercial mowers at Kees, another long-time Beatrice manufacturer. "Though many companies in our industry have sold to or merged, Encore remains privately owned and family operated--and continues to grow, " said Tegtmeier. "Our consistent growth for 15 years shows great support from dealers and a very dedicated employee team."

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