Allis Employee/Dealership Registry
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My dad Ralph Redfern ran an AC dealership for 32+ years in Southern Illinois. When I think of the "shop" I can smell the blend of paint and oil and gas and tractors as if I was standing there right now. I grew up around the Orange and worked in the business from the late 50's until the mid-70's; my brother stayed to 1980/81. Dad exited the business in late 1984 just months before AC went belly up and sold to Deutz. I gained a lot of experience about life and from special people including Herb our head mechanic, and Dad, and the special customers we had when I worked at Dad's dealership. The most important thing I learned was how to solve problems - that skill has served me well in the world of business and continues to be one of my most valuable learnings. Dad must have sold a gazillion WD's, 45's and D-17's. To this day I am sure I could take a '45 apart and put her back together blindfolded. The Allis tractors were sold on their strengths if you had a customer who wanted reliability, economy of operation, and ease of service. Seasons came and went and tractor focus shifted to combines and from combines to overhauls during the winter. Good times in the family business with my Dad, Mom, Brother and Sister; and fond memories of the great, great people I met in the farming community.
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