Kuester making some historic changes
BLOOMINGDALE — In 1944, Carl Kuester was selling automobiles in Wintersville when an opportunity presented itself that would change his family’s life for the next 75 years and create an Ohio Valley legacy.
Kuester and his wife, Juanita, decided to buy a John Deere dealership and open it in a barn on Main Street in Wintersville. Kuester was not a farmer but he was a true salesman at heart, and he saw a need in the area and filled it.
In 1971, Kuester’s son-in-law, Gilbert “Gil” Boring and his wife, Barbara Kuester Boring, took over the family business. In 1989, Boring’s sons Dave and Dean Boring returned from college and joined the family business as well.
Gil Boring expanded the business to include the Bloomingdale location. He and Barbara ran the Wintersville operation and Dave and Dean managed the Bloomingdale site.
“When he saw he had sons interested in coming back and going into the business, he expanded,” Dave Boring said.
In 2000, the family closed the Wintersville site, which still stands and has become a U.S. SafteyGear store.
In 2001, Gil and Barbara Boring officially sold the business to their sons Dave and Dean. The two saw an opportunity to expand the family business even more and opened two additional stores with a New Philadelphia site in 2003 and a St. Clairsville site in 2006.
“What led to 75 years was strong local support, great product and great service,” Dave Boring said. “Our customers became our friends. We know them. We know their kids.”
As a testament to that, Dave Boring’s office is filled with pictures of customers’ children with their 4-H projects the store sponsored through the years.
In January, the company sold its assets and became a part of Ag-Pro Ohio, but Dave Boring wants people to know nothing is really changing. He and his brother have stayed on as managers and the other staff members are still there doing the same things they have always done.
“We are now part of a larger organization, but we are still here every day giving local service,” Dave Boring said.
Dave explained that it was getting harder as a small company for them to stay competitive in a growing market. The decision to sell to Ag-Pro Ohio allows them greater buying power and allows them to offer affordable prices.
He said that all the same people are still there. Customers will still find his son, Bradley Boring, serving as the service manager and his son-in-law, Shane Granatir, in sales. Remaining at the business are Mike Dolfi, Joe Harrison, Tyler Ramsey, Todd Marcino, Paul Mantos, Melissa Crawshaw, Nick Ramsey, Steven Marcino and Anthony Shane.
“We are all still here and helping our customers like always,” Dave Boring said.