HUTCHINGSON / RENO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Ely's Kawasaki Receives Small Business Award


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Hutchingson / Reno County Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on April 2.

The business originally began with Darrell’s grandpa, Gene, who started the business in a gas station in Inman. When his dad, Gary, took over the business in 1979, he began the motorcycle sales and service division and moved the business to its current location in Hutchinson. Darrell joined the business in 1993 and currently runs the day to day operations. In May 2018 he brought on his son Cody, who is the 4th generation to join the dealership.

Ely’s Kawasaki is truly a family owned and operated business and is the oldest Kawasaki dealer in the state of Kansas. They maintain a consistent high-quality inventory of merchandise and vehicles and the company handles everything ‘in-house.’ In addition to Kawasaki, the are also a Husqvarna Lawn, Toro, and Echo dealer. They know individuality is important, so they play close attention to the interests of their customer and from the minute they walk through the door, meeting their customer’s needs is their top priority.

At Ely’s Kawasaki, they treat their employees like family. Most of their staff have been with them an average of 15 years. Seasonal slumps are their biggest challenge and where some dealers may downsize or cut back hours during winter months, Ely’s Kawasaki provides stable employment year-round. They offer several benefits including flexible hours, health insurance, and paid vacations. The company also pays for mechanic training with Kawasaki, Husqvarna, etc. as classes are offered.

They are very active in their kids’ schools and the dealership helps with an annual toy run. Ely’s Kawasaki also throws an annual customer appreciation event for their customers each year to eat, have fun and try out their riding skills on some of the vehicles.

Ely’s Kawasaki is a company who puts family and their customers first and they are proud to be located in Hutchinson. They not only show commitment to their staff but have a continuous focus on making their store a high-quality experience for their customers year-round.

Congratulations and thank you for all you do for our community!

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