Stotz celebrates name change, grand opening
Riverton – After building a new facility and undergoing a name change, Stotz Equipment in Riverton celebrated its grand opening on May 4 and welcomed over 400 guests to explore the facility and participate in a number of contests.
“The grand opening went fantastic,” comments Dave Tuttle, manager of both the Casper and Riverton locations of Stotz Equipment and the company’s Northern Region manager.
Jerry Thorson, service manager for Stotz Equipment, adds, “It was a huge success, and we had a good turnout. Overall, it went really well.”
Grand opening event
At the event, Thorson explains that attendees had the opportunity to participate in clinics for a number of products, including John Deere’s round balers and windrowers, and to enter drawings for a series of prizes.
The event also showcased their new, 35,000-square-foot facility.
“This new building changes how we can do business,” comments Thorson, who notes that they have more room and a modern facility to better carry out the company’s mission statement. “Stotz built the new facility because we felt the community deserves to have a more modern facility.”
“In order to provide that service to our customers, we needed a facility that allowed it,” he continues. “We are making our commitment to Fremont County and the counties that we service. We are setting down our roots here, and we’re here for the long haul.”
The facility allows space for a better-stocked parts area and more shop space to allow the company to grow. The shop area is also very modern and will allow for more technicians to be hired in the future, he adds.
“We want to offer our customers up-time availability, flexible solutions and long-term relationships,” says Thorson. “We have places that we can grow into now, as well as a better atmosphere for customers to do business.”
In conjunction with increased space in the store, the new location allows Stotz to more effectively display equipment so customers know what is available on the lot.
“We moved all of our equipment out here from in town,” Thorson says. “The visibility of the equipment is much better.”
“The new facility provides a better working environment for our employees and our customers,” comments Tuttle. “It is also built to where we can operate our service and parts departments more efficiently, thus creating less cost for customers.”
At the same time the Riverton facility was opening its new doors, both the Riverton and Casper stores, formerly Greenline Equipment, were renamed as Stotz Equipment.
“We started out as a family run business with three stores in Arizona,” explains Tuttle of the company history. “Through acquisitions and market and industry changes, we are now at 23 locations in eight states operating as three different named companies.”
Because of John Deere’s dealership requirements and the geographical positioning of each locations, they operated under three names. Arizona Machinery in Arizona, AA Equipment in California and Nevada and Greenline Equipment in Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming are run under the same family ownership.
“With the latest acquisition, we were able to join the areas,” says Tuttle. “Within the next year or two, everyone will be identified as Stotz Equipment.”
The Stotz name comes from a childhood nickname given to the current company President Tom Rosztoczy and Vice President Rob Rosztoczy.
“Because their name was a difficult Hungarian name, their classmates called the boys Stotz,” explains Tuttle.”
“This is strictly a name change,” he adds. “The Casper and Riverton stores are the first two to become Stotz Equipment.
With the change, Tuttle emphasizes that the company remains the same.
“We are still the same family run organization – no different than a lot of the ranchers or farmers in the state of Wyoming,” says Tuttle. “We try to provide a higher level of service to our customers, and we try to go the extra mile.”
He continues that the company strives to treat customers as they would like to be treated and to invest resources in providing the best experience possible for customers.
“We are also investing in our communities,” he adds. “For example, in building the new store in Riverton, we used all sub-contractors from Riverton, all the labor and the majority of the materials also came from Fremont County.”
“We are big in supporting organizations like FFA and other groups,” Tuttle says. “Community is one of our core values, and we try to invest back in our communities. We instill that value from a company level and from a personal level, as well.”
Visit Stotz Equipment in Casper at 4920 Lathrop Road or in Riverton at 10801 Highway 789 or see their ad on page 3 for more information. Saige Albert is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.