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Now in its 116th year with 15 locations throughout Ohio and Indiana, Koenig Equipment got its start as a hardware store when John C. Koenig acquired the assets of Botkins Hardware Store in 1904.

Today, his great-grandson Aaron Koenig is the president and CEO of the John Deere dealership group. From a hardware store that sold everything and traded in horses for implements, to a number of changes in major lines — from International Harvester to John Deere and then both Deere and Case IH and now back to being just Deere — the organization has seen a number of changes in its history. But one thing that has remained the same is the family involvement.

“Oftentimes people ask us about the success of our dealership. And, and as I tell them, we've got great customers, we've got great products, great employees, great processes. But I think what's made us successful is that we, we operate the business like a business. It's professionally managed,” says Koenig about how the family has always been very focused on running the business at a professional level and making sure they approach decisions from a business standpoint, while still keeping family in the business.

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