Wengers of Myerstown was founded in 1947 by Carl Wenger. Carl began his business career in 1947 at the age of fifteen by serving as a “nickel man” at the local auctions where he would purchase power tools and carpentry supplies that needed repairs. He would take them to his family’s general store in Rexmont, PA to repair and resell them.
Carl married Margaret Buffenmeyer of Cornwall, PA in 1950 and the couple moved to the family owned farm on Race St in Myerstown, PA to begin dairy farming. In 1952 Carl began buying and selling used farm tractors and equipment and by 1958 the business had grown to the point where dairy operations were reduced and Wengers Farm Machinery was incorporated.
Things took a major step forward in 1960 with the construction of a separate building to house the business. Located at 251 South Race Street, the new building was a huge improvement over the makeshift dining room office and shop in the garage at the family farm. The new block building served as the business headquarters for more than 3 decades, until the business would relocate to a new modern facility along route 501 in Myerstown.
In 1989 the Wengers moved and expanded their farm equipment and tractor parts operations to the new facility on Route 501 in Myerstown. This new facility included an expanded warehouse to store new and used tractor parts indoors as well as an expanded sales lot to store and sell farm equipment and tractors. By 1996 the Wengers finished a second building project and moved their construction equipment/ parts operations and administrative offices to Route 501 in Myerstown as well. Today, the original building at 251 S Race St is the home of Wengers Machining Services, which is a full-service engine machining shop.
In 2006 Wengers added another product line to their business when they opened Wengers Motorcycles Sales. Operating out of the same building as our Construction Department, Wengers has close to 100 used motorcycles in their inventory for sale. Whether we’re talking about farm machinery, construction equipment, salvage parts or motorcycle sales our goal remains the same, offer good, clean, used equipment for a fair price.
Wengers of Myerstown is proud of its history. Today we employ over 60 people at our 3 locations in Myerstown, including 15 members of the Wenger family. Although Carl Wenger officially retired in 1997, he is still active in the business today and can be seen on the premises most days. All 7 of Carl & Margaret’s children are active in the company today, as well as 5 of their grandchildren and a few of their spouses, which makes Wengers truly a family business.