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.

Cheree Wagner, Merchandising Specialist

Merchandising Specialist since 2018

Working at LEPCO has afforded me many opportunities to grow, both professionally and personally. The executive management team invests in their employees and encourages us to do and be great. I volunteer for an organization near and dear to me, and LEPCO helps even further by contributing financially to causes that mean a lot to their employees. I’m so proud to work for such a giving and great company.

Robert Kintner, CFO, Director of IT & Human Resources

CFO, Director of IT & HR since 2020

The benefit package is incredibly generous and employee support is paramount. When the company is faced with a challenge, the management team and the employees rise to the occasion delivering the highest level of service. This is a special company that I’m simply proud to work for and excited to come to work each and every day.

Mary Beth Ambrose, Ringtown Farm Equipment Company

Ringtown Farm Equipment Company

We cannot say enough about customer service at LEPCO. Friendly, caring, going above and beyond, pleasant to speak to and will go out of their way to find you what you need and getting it shipped out quickly. This follows through to their service department where the guys will always follow up and return your call every time. Great company to deal with!

Kirsten Sourbeer, HR Generalist/Accounting Manager

HR Generalist/Accounting Manager since 2009

I enjoy working at LEPCO because of the family atmosphere. You hear companies stating they are family-oriented or are like a family and you later find out that is not correct. With LEPCO, it’s actually true.

Lance Robicheau, Territory Manager

Territory Manager since 2009

LEPCO’s superpower is ‘opportunity translation’, better known as ‘problem solving’ to the rest of the world. Tried and true methods take lefts and rights daily. Everyone at LEPCO understands that our industry-best service is not automatic.

Robert Rhone, Warehouse Associate

Warehouse Associate since 2017

Great people, fun place to work at.

Missy Chaffee, AP Specialist

AP Specialist since 2016

The people I work with are all like family.

Christy Doran, Credit Specialist

Credit Specialist since 2015

I love working at LEPCO because of their values. Everyone experiences a sense of belonging from the owners and management team.

Kayla Ellsworth, Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistant since 2021

Everyone at LEPCO is highly knowledgeable and happy to help anyone that needs it. It’s a great learning environment. Every project is collaborative in some way which leads to valuable feedback to encourage constant improvement.

Jenn Ridgeway, ERP Systems Administrator

ERP Systems Administrator since 2020

LEPCO has so many respectable company values, but I think teamwork is at the heart of it all. Every employee is a team player and I think that naturally leads to accountability, quality and motivation. Having assembled a reliable team of employees, LEPCO is able to withstand and overcome any obstacle.