Ventrac’s export growth was recognized during a ceremony on May 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Ventrac was honored to receive the 2013 Presidential “E” Award for Exports documenting the company’s achievement in making significant contribution to the increase of U.S. exports. Accepting the award was the President of Ventrac, Dallas Steiner.
On May 2nd Ventrac held an open house to celebrate the completion of phase one of their new Venture Drive manufacturing facility in Orrville, Ohio. The event gave Ventrac employees and their families a first look at the facility and gave Ventrac the chance to thank the various individuals and organizations who assisted in the construction of the facility. Guests were invited to walk through a self-guided tour covering everything from fabrication and welding to engineering and warehousing. A unique highlight of the tour included a historical display featuring over 75 years of products designed by the Steiner family. Mark Steiner, Vice President and Facilities Manager for Ventrac said, “It is humbling to look back and see all the innovation that our family has been blessed to be part of over the years.” He adds, “It’s exciting to see how our products have evolved from year to year to become an industry leader in the compact tractor world today.”
Ventrac was honored to have Ron Amstutz, from the Ohio House of Representatives, stop by to congratulate them on this accomplishment. Ohio Senator Frank LaRose stopped in to present an official Ohio Senate document honoring Venture Products on this great achievement. LaRose stated, “This open house is a justifiable source of pride and an outstanding reflection not only on the business itself, but also on the astute management of the Steiner family, on its hard-working employees and on the Orrville community.”
Dallas Steiner, President of Ventrac, with his brother, Mark and Randy Kitzmiller, Director of Operations, personally greeted guests as they arrived. Dallas said, “I feel blessed to have such wonderful support for Ventrac from our employees, community, dealers and the City of Orrville.” He adds, “We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of them.”
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We were honored to have our President, Dallas Steiner, be the featured guest on John Allin’s radio show “Managing Snow and Ice with John Allin.” Managing Snow and Ice is a one hour weekly radio program dedicated to covering issues and topics that affect snow professionals. The host of the show, John Allin, is the original founder of the Snow & Ice management Association (SIMA) and has been a leader in the formation of the Accredited Snow Contractor’s Association (ASCA). With over 30 years in the snow management industry, combined with his vast experience, Allin is recognized as the foremost snow and ice industry consultant in the country today.
John’s interview with Dallas covers a variety of topics ranging from Dallas’ role with Ventrac, International sales and how Ventrac is an ideal piece of sidewalk snow removal equipment for snow contractors. You can hear the interview with Dallas now by clicking on the live recording link below.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has recently qualified Ventrac’s 4500Z bi-fuel ready tractor for the Propane Mower Incentive Program. This incentive program gives eligible new owners of a 4500Z, equipped with a propane kit, a $1,000 incentive to use this propane powered compact tractor. In return, program participants are asked to report to PERC on the equipment’s performance and usage for one operating season.
Ventrac is a unique addition to the PERC propane mower incentive program as it is the first compact tractor to be approved for the program. Ventrac is also the first propane powered tractor that does more than just mow. Ryan Steiner, Director of Engineering for Ventrac, says that “Over the last few years, there have been a number of manufacturers introducing propane powered mowers, as propane is one of the fastest growing alternative fuels in the US.” He adds, “Ventrac is proud to be the first manufacturer to give commercial users the opportunity to power over 30 different attachments with propane.”
PERC has been conducting research on propane and propane powered equipment since 1996 and has found that propane-fueled commercial mowers can offer lower operating cost, fewer emissions, proven performance, easy on-site refueling and less downtime. Jeremy Wishart, Project Manager for PERC says, “Propane is a domestic fuel and supply is at an all-time high, as propane is abundant in the natural gas deposits throughout the nation. Propane as an engine fuel in the lawn and landscape industry is beginning to become widely accepted.” Wishart adds, “Products like the Ventrac 4500Z propane and others becoming available, combined with the economic and environmental factors facing lawn and landscape professionals today, it’s not hard to imagine propane becoming the preferred fuel in the turf industry.”