50+ Year Legacy 3rd Generation Family Business
…and still growing strong!
LEPCO (formerly known as Lawn Equipment Parts Company) is a wholesale, multi-line distributor of outdoor power equipment, parts, and accessories. We serve nearly 1,000 dealers in the Northeast US and represent seven quality brands with lawn care products for both consumer and professional landscaper use.
From the Trunk of His Car…
In 1970, Merrell Clark and Jay Hertzog founded Lawn Equipment Parts Co., which continues to serve as a family-owned and operated wholesale distributor of quality outdoor power equipment, parts, and accessories. Originally, LEPCO operated as an aftermarket parts distributor to independent lawn equipment dealers, with our first customers being Brandt’s Mower Service and Arcade Equipment.
The original warehouse was an 800-square-foot rented facility. Local customers had the key to the building, so they could pick their own parts and leave Merrell a note to bill them later. At that time, all packing slips and invoices were written by hand until a Wang computer system was installed later in the 1970s. The culture of trust, hard work, and personal service still rings true today.
As the company grew, operations moved into various new and larger locations until arriving in the current space in 2007. Our story includes:
- Merrell first sold aftermarket parts out of the trunk of his station wagon
- The company’s first delivery truck was a rented vehicle with an elephant painted on the side
- The first equipment line was MacKissic
- LEPCO began distributing ECHO in 1975 when the total US volume was just $5MM
- LEPCO is an original founder and investor of Exmark since 1983
- We have been distributing each of the current lines for multiple decades each, demonstrating longevity in the market and a deep understanding of product knowledge
What started humbly is still growing strong. Today, we’re a third-generation family with over 85 employees.
Fertilizing Our Future
Over the years, LEPCO has continued to grow, becoming one of the preferred distributors in the industry. LEPCO completed a 131,000-square-foot warehouse expansion in 2021, a solid investment for the future. By investing in our people, our capital assets, and technology advancements, our commitment is unwavering.
Maintaining our reputation for outstanding customer service to our dealers, our brand partners, and our community continues to be our everyday focus. When we provide quality products and services to our group of independent dealers, they in turn provide a higher level of service and support to the end-users for all of the brands we represent. We see the value of each channel partner amplified through our core programming.
We sell exclusively to retail dealers in our region, consisting of: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Mary Beth Ambrose, Ringtown Farm Equipment Company
Ringtown Farm Equipment Company
Matthew Pennington, Territory Manager
Territory Manager since 2016
Eric Hosler, Service Technician
Service Technician since 2022
Glen Burkholder, Service Manager
Service Manager since 1994
Robert Kintner, CFO, Director of IT & Human Resources
CFO, Director of IT & HR since 2020
Jenn Ridgeway, ERP Systems Administrator
ERP Systems Administrator since 2020
Christy Doran, Credit Specialist
Credit Specialist since 2015
Sylvia Shenk, Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Associate since 2020
Robert Rhone, Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Associate since 2017
Emily Fritz, Marketing Manager
Marketing Manager since 2021