Randall Implements Co., Inc. is located on State Highway 5S in the village of Fultonville, NY, approximately 35 miles west of Albany. Founded in 1966 by Mr. Robert Freeman, Randall Implements has grown from a small single line dealer to one of the area’s largest and most trusted full service multi-line dealerships.
In 1966 Bob was a farmer, but in the fall of that year decided to erect a small 40’ x 60’ building on his farm in Randall, NY. He chose J.I. Case Co. as the dealership’s major supplier, and began operating the business on a conservative $5,000 loan. During the first five years, farmers learned of Bob’s extremely capable mechanical ability. Through his training at the State University of New York at Morrisville, his self-taught techniques gained on his farm and his love for mechanics, Randall Implements soon became the farm equipment servicing expert in the area. That soon required an additional servicing space and a new 24’ x 96’ shop was added to the original building.
At that time, Randall Implements seemed to be servicing more John Deere, International, and Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment than their own J.I. Case brand, and as a result decided to give up the J.I. Case franchise in 1978. Randall Implements concentrated solely on supplying parts and service to customers. At the time Bob said, “Our service became stronger than ever, and there was hardly any well known brand of equipment that we didn’t work on”.
In 1986 Randall Implements entered into an out of the ordinary contract with an extremely well known and successful John Deere dealer, K.C. Canary, Inc. Bob closed Randall Implements, and along with his service employees took their skills and began operating K.C. Canary’s Fultonville location. This unique agreement was short lived, and just nine months into the venture the agreement was terminated. Bob said, “At the time, it was my hope and expectation that I would be able to eventually buy the Canary facility in Fultonville. It just didn’t work out.” With confidence intact, Bob and his employees returned to the Randall building and opened the doors for business once again in March 1987.
In the fall of 1987, Randall Implements was approached by the recently formed Case IH franchise. After consulting with family, friends, customers, other dealers and his financial institutions, Bob signed on with Case IH in January 1988 making Randall Implements the official Case IH retail outlet in the area. Expansion was imminent.
In the summer of 1988 a new site was purchased on State Highway 5S in the village of Fultonville and work on a new building began that fall. The 164’ x 76’ building was located on a 10 acre lot and featured a parts room, a “Cub Cadet House”, large office space, and 60’ x 124’ service shop. At that time Bob managed the entire business as well as acted as service manager, supervising six service technicians. He relied heavily on his two salesmen to handle sales of farm and outdoor power equipment, and his parts manager and office employees for dependable parts service.
With the opening of the new facility, business grew rapidly. There was soon a great need for more parts stock. In 1990, an addition was added to the parts area to accommodate this increased stock level. It was at this time that Ferris Commercial Mowers were added to the growing line of product offerings. In January 1990 Wes Ostrander was hired on as Sales Manager. Wes handled sales himself, as well as managed three other salesmen.Several more technicians and parts associates were brought on during this time to handle the increase in business.
By 1992, with parts sales, service, and machinery sales continuing to grow, Kubota Tractors were added to the product line. Customer’s growing needs were a perfect match for these products. In 1994, there was again a need for more parts storage. A new 50x110’ pole barn was constructed for cold storage of lager parts and oil. Continued growth in all areas of the business resulted in the expansion of the showroom in the fall of 1997. Three offices were constructed for the salesman, along with a conference room.The showroom floor was expanded to allow for more product to be displayed.
The addition of Claas Hay Tools in 2001 expanded the hay and forage line. Claas, being a leader in baleage technology, allowed yet another increase in the customer base. In 2002 a storage building was built at the far end of the property to accommodate the increase in machinery being sold.
Wes was an integral part of this growth and expansion, taking on more and more responsibilities within the business. In 2005 Wes became General Manager, handling most of the business decisions for the company.In 2006, he officially took over as owner of Randall Implements.
By 2008, the main shop began to feel cramped with the increase in customer repairs being done alongside the setup of new machinery.To give technicians more space for repairs, the storage building was converted into an additional set-up shop.In the summer of 2008, another shed was constructed to house the growing number of used combines and heads being sold. With 2014 came the construction of a 32’ x 60’ building to house tires, fuel, and company vehicles.
Currently Randall Implements employs 18 full-time and 2 part-time employees, several of whom have been with the company for over 25 years.Technicians are certified and trained in the newest technologies available in the industry. Randall Implements is a Premier Kubota Dealer, and was the 2016 recipient of the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Business of the Year award.Bob and his wife Rose currently split their time between Fultonville and Florida. When he isn’t spending time with his family, Bob still comes in to help in the shop and visit with the employees.