Koenig Equipment History

In 1904, John C. Koenig founded a hardware and farm equipment dealership to serve his friends and neighbors. Committed to the long-term, he handled only quality products; he offered them at a fair price; he maintained convenient hours; and he supported his merchandise with application information, a good parts stock, and responsive repair and maintenance. He always greeted his customers as friends and made sure transactions were of mutual advantage.

Those high objectives were maintained at the Botkins Hardware Company by his sons; John, Bill, and Emerson. To their work they added specialization and teamwork. They continued to refuse the slipshod, the merely expedient.

As the Botkins Hardware Company grew into Koenig Equipment, Inc., Emerson's children (Ray, Ken, JoAnn, Jack and Greg) enriched the family business legacy while achieving unprecedented sales growth and geographic expansion.  They accomplished this by striving to provide industry leadership in new services and programs, to respond to an evolving market and to build a professional dealership staff committed to those ideals.

Timeline

2003
 

Henschen Facility Consolidated

Henschen facility (Botkins) rented to consolidate lawn equipment warehouses, predelivery, and distribution.

2002
 

Case IH Store Purchased

Case IH Company stores at Maion, Huntington, and Wabash Indiana purchased. Operations consolidated at Maion and Huntington.

1998
 

New Purchases

Germantown (Lemert) and Eaton / Oxford (Redpath) delaerships purchased. Operations consolidated and Germantown and Oxford.

1991
 

New Purchases

Greenville (Girbert) and Arcanum (Hency) dealerships purchased and consolidated at Greenville.

1980
 

1980's

  • New 32,000 square foot facility completed and opened at Anna site.
  • Botkins site (306 North Main) remodeled for focus on hardware and lawn equipment.
1979
 

New Purchase in Moulton

  • Purchased the Detjen Grain Company in Moulton.
  • Grain and feed facilities leased to Botkins Grain & Feed.
1978
 

Anna Construction

Constructed Predelivery / Storage building at Anna site.

1976
 

Property Purchased

  • Expansion property purchased at 16240 County Road 25A, Anna, Ohio. 
  • Established the Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
1975
 

John Deere Service Center

A new John Deere Service Center opened on State Route 29, southeast of Sidney, Ohio.

1974
 

Koenig Equipment, Inc.

Koenig Equipment Inc. purchases the assets of the Botkins Hardware Company.

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