Recent Articles & News

Here you can find a list of all of our latest news and articles and other things you may find relevant to the construction equipment industry and our company specifically. We update often so check back with us soon.

Meet Rita Mefford!


Sorry guys, she’s taken!  Back in 2015, we had just hired a new parts manager, JJ Lopez. Shortly after he went to work here, his girlfriend dropped by one day to see where he worked. She was so impressed with the friendly, professional culture at OEM t …

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Lance Gardner, man of many hats.


This is Lance Gardner and that smile is genuine.  Everything about Lance is genuine.  He has been a mechanic for his entire life.  When I asked him how long he’s been turning wrenches, he laughed and said “As long as I can remember.  Before I got my fi …

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Ram Bam Thank You Ma’am


My business partner “Buzzy” recently sold us his pristine 1986 Ramcharger. Or should I say he sold it to Rita. It’s more than just an old car to us. It is relevant to us owning our own company. Almost exactly 25 years ago, when I was 38, we had a huge …

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Charles Curd, master machinist


This is Mr. Charles Curd, one of the best machinists you’ll ever meet.  Charles has 39 years experience at running machining tools, 15 of those at OEM.  He is like a machine himself, making every movement count.  Charles turns out more remanufactured r …

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JJ Lopez, our first parts man


I know what you’re thinking.  I, Jeff Bower, am OEM’s first parts man.  I’ve been a Deere parts man since 1981 and that experience helped form the basis of our company.  My grandfather once told me to never open a cafe’ unless you know how to cook.  I …

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“Clean” John


“Clean” John Caraway is a mechanic.  I mean he’s REALLY a mechanic.  He told me his first recollection of turning wrenches was rebuilding a lawn mower engine when he was 10.  He has been performing his magic at OEM Replacement Parts for many years and …

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Caleb Williams, Deere parts specialist


This is Caleb Williams.  He worked for us for several years as our shipping man before going on to greener pastures.  He learned a lot while he was gone.  One of those lessons was that OEM Replacement Parts is the exception when it comes to job place c …

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Jerry Bustin, best welder I ever knew.


If you ever get a remanufactured cylinder from us and marvel at the welds that appear to be factory, you can thank this man, Jerry Bustin.  He has been welding for 33 years, many of those years right here at OEM. He does pretty much all of our welding. …

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Mike Hutyra, our first machinist


Mike came on board 16 years ago and revolutionized our company.  He is one of the most gifted machinists I’ve ever known, and so much more.  His ability to visualize and implement complex repairs and modifications, coupled with his eye for detail and p …

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Joe Laubert, our first mechanic.


This is Joe Laubert.  He is about to celebrate his 20th anniversary with OEM, being our first actual fulltime mechanic.  Joe spent many years as a factory trained Deere dealership technician, before joining us.  His hard work, extreme mechanical aptitu …

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