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Hutchingson / Reno County Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on January 8.
The business began in 1956 by the Yutzy Family as a repair business for farm equipment and vehicles. Then in 1958, the business was purchased by the Yoder family. Over the years, different product lines were introduced, however, repair and service work remained as the core of what was offered. In 1999, Gary Rich and Ben Miller purchased the business and ran it until Keith and his wife purchased it five and a half years ago. Keith continues to grow the outdoor power equipment line, and has also added tractors to the lineup approximately one and half years ago.
At Fairview Service Center, they focus on four basic areas for the business: fuel sales, outdoor power equipment sales and service, repair of vehicles and farm equipment, and the new tractor sales and service. They stay focused on the products they sell and invest time and money in educating and training their employees to be knowledgeable about the products they offer. While they can’t compete with the big box stores and carry everything someone might want, they focus on the services they provide, knowing they have the knowledge and expertise to back it up.
Keeping up with the changes in the industry in various aspects, including time, energy and resources is always a challenge. There are always new items to train on and they are continually evaluating what parts to keep and which ones they no longer need. Another challenge they face is finding adequate employees. They screen heavily to have the right employees in the business due of the amount of time and money that is spent on training and preparation. The business has diversified over the years to remain strong in the ebb and flow of the farm economy, remaining as one of the anchor businesses in the Pleasantview area.
In addition to being a Chamber Member, Fairview Service supports numerous causes including, but not limited to, the Haiti Auction at Yoder; Central Christian School Auction; Stafford Schools; Reno County Sabers Yearbook; Abbyville Community Church Fundraiser; and numerous other causes through the church. Keith also serves on the Boards of the Pleasantview Merchant’s Association, Center Township Board, and the Open Door Pregnancy Center. He is a member of the Chamber’s Ag Committee as well.
Community is very important to Keith, as he feels it is important to give back to the community that supports his business.
Thank you for all you do for our community!
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