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“I can’t express how humbled I am to have grown to where we are today. We truly could not have done this without our customers and family.”
ABOUT GILLESPIE OUTDOOR POWER
After graduating from high school, Justin went to Wahpeton, N.D. to study small engine repair and powersports engines. For several years, Justin spent his summers working as a farmhand on his uncle’s hog and cow/calf operation north of Hartford and winters in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as a snowmobile technician at a snowmobile rental company. At the same time, he started dating Missy, a Colton, S.D. native, and soon wanted to spend more time in South Dakota.
Eventually, word got around to area farmers that Justin was repairing small engines on lawn mowers, ice augers, chainsaws, and other machines. The word-of-mouth referrals helped him build a strong business. He says, “It got to the point where I was becoming tired of having people stop by the house at 10:00 PM to have their engine fixed,” he jokes.
In 2009, he opened his first commercial business near the antique shops off the Hartford, S.D. exit. Within 6 months, they quickly outgrew that space and moved to the north side of the interstate, closer to town. Missy joined the company full-time in 2012. Justin says her nursing background is a pivotal asset to the business. “Maintaining communication within the business and with customers, documentation and attention to detail are very similar tasks needed to care for people.” She also handles the day-to-day financial and service operations of the business.
In 2016, Justin and Missy built their current facility, located at 1080 Ruud Trail, just north of the I-90 exit. Their location is now large enough for their current inventory and has room for growth. “The area farmers, businesses, and local banking community have really supported us, and we appreciate that. That’s the reason for our growth,” states Justin.
Gillespie Outdoor Power Equipment also services brands they sell including Hustler, Husqvarna, Stihl, and Ferris. Justin shares, “People spend their hard-earned money with us, and in turn, we provide prompt high-quality service.”
Gillespie Outdoor Power Equipment has grown to be the largest Hustler Turf Equipment dealership in the upper Midwest. Their long-term goal is to continue to provide the best products and service for all their customers. “Our business operates every day on two simple values: Treat people the way you would want to be treated and do the right thing,” shares Justin.