Farm Bureau Members Save on Eligible CAT® Equipment
When long-time Waushara County Farm Bureau board member John Piechowski learned about the Caterpillar® discount he started looking at equipment while attending Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. About a year ago, he decided to purchase not one, but two 232D skid loaders.
“Our son and I checked out the Fabick CAT dealerships in Green Bay and Wausau and then because of product availability, we ended up purchasing from the dealership in Madison,” said Piechowski. “We paid more overall purchasing CAT equipment but got more product and the salesman was great. With the Farm Bureau member discount, we purchased two skid loaders and saved an additional $1,000, which made the deal even sweeter.”
Piechowski knows about sweet deals. He is the owner of Henry’s Honey in Redgranite, which is a family-owned and operated, fourth-generation business serving central Wisconsin since the early 1930s.
“Henry’s Honey started as a few hives, meant to provide a sweetener for a farm family’s meals during the Great Depression,” said Piechowski. “By World War II, my father and uncle were providing beeswax for the war effort. Today, Henry’s Honey has about 1,400 hives, down from a peak of 3,500. I work full-time with our son, Dan and another son, Ron, helps when he can. We also transport bees regionally for the commercial pollination of crops.”
Piechowski explained that they use the skid loaders to load and unload beehives and to clear the driveway so semi-trailers can navigate.
“During this last winter, the skid loaders got a workout with all of the snow. With the area that we clear, it can take as much as a tank of gas,” said Piechowski. “Many of the semi-truck drivers commented how clear our driveway was making their jobs much easier.”
“The Farm Bureau Fabick CAT member benefit lends itself to additional savings when purchasing new equipment,” said Piechowski. “It definitely influenced our buying decisions.”
Piechowski worked with Pat Benish, territory manager at Fabick CAT in Madison, who provided information about the discount.
“Pat Benish was a great guy to work with,” added Piechowski. “He did his research, he talked to us to learn how we were going to use the equipment and answered our follow-up questions.”
On top of up to $2,500 savings, Farm Bureau members receive an additional $250 credit on work tool attachments purchased with new Fabick CAT equipment. Members can combine Farm Bureau incentives with other discounts, promotions, rebates or offers that may be available from CAT or CAT dealer.
Piechowski highly recommends using the Farm Bureau member Fabick CAT discount.
“The sales staff at the dealership were fully aware of the Farm Bureau member benefit and the process was very easy,” added Piechowski.
Salesman Pat Benish said that he has many success stories about working with Farm Bureau members who want to use the CAT member benefit discount.
“Working with Henry’s Honey Farm and John and Dan Piechowski is a great example of one of them,” said Benish. “I first met the Piechowskis while they were working in their shop. They mentioned that they had attended farm shows in the past, and saw the Fabick CAT booth and had looked at the Caterpillar equipment.”
Benish took time and looked at the trade-in equipment, and then selected and recommended the best Caterpillar model, with the specifications that they were interested in.
Benish encourages Wisconsin Farm Bureau members to take advantage of the benefit from Caterpillar, it is provided on many different machine models.
“Be sure to mention that you’re a Farm Bureau member,” added Benish.
Fabick CAT has dealerships throughout the state, in the upper peninsula of Michigan and in Missouri and Illinois.
For more information about Farm Bureau member benefits, visit wfbf.com/membership/member-benefits.