To provide the best product at a reasonable price with the highest level of service.
Successfully maintain core values of the generation business while progressing in the industry's innovations with emphasis on customer services, employee compensation and community patronage.
Charles Jacob Grossenburg and his wife Blanche founded Grossenburg Implement in 1937. C.J. Grossenburg, an energetic and reliable salesman, started out selling and trading cattle and hogs in Omaha and Sioux Falls. His interest in cutting edge farming technology (and several inventions under his belt) had him researching the opportunity to bring John Deere tractors to the Tripp County area – the need for two-cylinder tractors was on the rise during WWII, and so began Grossenburg Implement. As a friend at Deere and Company put it, “Charlie possessed the American secret of making things work, and simultaneously exploiting them. That spells service, and a way of selling it to the customer.”
Blanche also added to the foundation of Grossenburg Implement with her work ethic. Even in her later years, Blanche worked six days a week. She was always at the desk, always had a positive attitude, and was always thinking about the business. She loved her business, she loved the employees, and she loved her family. Blanche was a grand lady, and all that knew her appreciated her enthusiasm and her outlook on life.
Charles and Blanche had two children, and both were actively involved in the business throughout their life. Norma (Grossenburg) Nielsen was the Office Manager and Bookkeeper starting in 1970. Gene Grossenburg became more active in the implement business after he graduated high school in 1949 up until he was enlisted in the Army as part of the Korean War efforts. For his service in Korea, Gene earned the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and V Device, the United Nations Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. When he came back home, Gene became full-time partner at Grossenburg Implement. This is where the business became known as C.J. Grossenburg and Son – the infamous name painted with green and yellow on the front of the Winner location – which is still here today.
Gene had four children with his late wife LaWayna (Swaney) Grossenburg. Barry was the second oldest and was very active in the implement business at an early age (6-1-1972 to be exact!). Barry is famous within the company for saying, “I was born, raised and will die an implement dealer.” Barry graduated Winner High School in 1974 and went on to South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings. He graduated from SDSU in the spring of 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business. He married his high school sweetheart Marilyn LaCompte that summer of 1978 and they eventually had three children: Melissa, Charlie, and Lanie. Marilyn also adds to the family business as the owner of sister-company, Rosebud Concrete
Like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Charlie Grossenburg took a liking to the implement business at an early age. Now in its 4th
generation, Charlie is excited and honored to carry on the Grossenburg name from his great-grandfather. Charlie graduated from Winner High School in 2001. Charlie followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated in 2006 from SDSU in Brookings with a Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business. Charlie married Winner-native Erin Engel and they have three sons: Jackson, Haydon, and Liam.
(L to R - Barry, Charlie, Jackson and Gene Grossenburg)
Lanie Grossenburg married Adam Severson in 2010. Adam graduated with a Business Econ degree from SDSU in Brookings and then started working for Grossenburg Implement in 2009. Adam and Lanie have three children: Louie, Oscar, Mabel.
Grossenburg Implement carries forward the tradition of service established by Charlie and Blanche so many years ago by working to prove ourselves every day. Barry Grossenburg reminds all employees this every day of every week… this is what makes us successful year in and year out.