About Us

North Star Hardware and Implement Company has been family-owned and operated for 94 years. We are currently transitioning into the fourth generation of ownership, with three fourth-generation owners already in place, and a fourth coming in 2019. Over the past 94 years, our company has grown exponentially. We have changed and adapted to all of the new innovations in the farming industry and have become a steadfast business in our community.

We are located in northern Darke County, Ohio. We are just minutes away from Mercer County and not far from Shelby and Auglaize Counties, and are in close proximity to eastern Indiana. We are truly in the heart of Ohio’s “farm country”. Our dedicated customers know that we are committed to helping them grow their farming operations and will continue to be there to support their farming needs in the years to come. Like our business, many of our customers have passed on their farms to their children from generation to generation. These families trust that North Star Hardware and Implement Company will be there to meet their growing needs and will continue to advance in our farm equipment offerings and expertise.

We have worked hard to maintain our reputation of being an honest and fair company and will continue to serve our customers in this manner. Setting a high moral code for our company makes us a better business for our employees, customers, and our community.

Mission Statement

To exceed customer expectations by providing quality parts, products, service, and support; to create an environment that provides all our employees an opportunity to grow with and contribute to the long term success of our business; to focus on sound business management and principles to ensure our continued presence in rural America for our customers and the communities in which they live.

Our Current Management

Joe Selhorst
President, General Manager
Jason Stammen
Secretary-Treasurer, Parts Manager
Dan Creager
Vice President, Service Manager
Kevin Selhorst
Vice President, Sales
Our History

  • 1924: Leo Stammen and Leonard Grilliot officially open Stammen and Grilliot in North Star, Ohio. The business sells and trades horses as well as other livestock and offers services such as metal working and roofing. Products sold include guns, ammo, dynamite and appliances.
  • 1930: Leo Stammen buys out his brother-in-law and the business becomes North Star Hardware & Implement Company. Products include J.I. Case threshing machines.
  • 1937: After attending an Allis Chalmers field day, Leo Stammen acquires a contract to sell AC equipment at the business.
  • 1938: North Star Hardware & Implement Company picks up the contract for new Holland Equipment and sells the first New Holland automatic square baler in Ohio.
  • 1940: Leo Stammen’s sons Bob, Tom, and Luke, along with daughter Joan, and sons-in-law Ben Selhorst, Val Groff, Albert Hemmelgarn, and Slim Werkamp become part owners of North Star Hardware & Implement Company.
  • 1940's: As WWII begins Leo Stammen diversifies to bring in more business. He adds services such as plumbing and heating, spouting and roofing. The main brands include Allis Chalmers, New Holland and New Idea.
  • 1956: North Star Hardware & Implement Company receives the AC Five Star Dealer Award for selling 50 units of AC farm equipment. Customers and workers are invited for a huge celebration featuring Midwestern Hayride with BonnieLou and Kenny Price.
  • 1957: Patriarch Leo Stammen retires from North Star Hardware & Implement Company.
  • 1958: North Star Hardware & Implement purchases a contract to sell American Grain Dryers
  • 1960: North Star Hardware & Implement starts to sell Brock grain bins.
  • 1960: The Blue Flame LP Gas business is started to compliment the grain dryer and heating business.
  • 1974: North Star Hardware & Implement celebrates 50 years in business.
  • 1976: North Star Hardware & Implement moves from their location in North Star to a building outside the town’s limits. It features a repair shop, parts department and sales offices.
  • 1982: The Wehrkamp family takes ownership of the company’s propane business and forms North Star Blue Flame Company.
  • 1983: Bob Stammen retires from North Star Hardware & Implement. His sons Jerry and Jeff become President and Vice President of the company.
  • 1984: North Star Hardware & Implement sells the highest tractor dollar totals in the Columbus region.
  • 1987: After 50 years of just selling the Allis Chalmers tractor line, the decision was made to add Ford products to the lineup.
  • 1990: The plumbing, heating, and cooling aspect of the company seperates, creating North Star Plumbing, Heating and Cooling headed by the Hemmelgarn family.
  • 1999: North Star Hardware & Implement celebrates 75 years of serving the agricultural community.
  • 2000: Jerry Stammen, Jeff Stammen, Steve Selhorst, Joe Selhorst & John Creager become the new owners of North Star Hardware & Implement.
  • 2003: North Star Hardware & Implement builds for the future, adding a new 70’ x 170’ combine shop and parts warehouse.
  • 2008: A new 70’ x 150’ grain bin cold storage building is built to keep up with the company’s growing grain bin business.
  • 2011: North Star Hardware & Implement is awarded the New Holland President’s Club for the second year in a row.
  • 2011: Jerry Stammen and John Creager retire after 40+ years in the business. Sons Jason Stammen and Dan Creager replace them in the ownership. Jeff Stammen becomes President.
  • 2012: New modern and efficient office spaces are added to North Star Hardware & Implement Company setting a foundation for future generations.
  • 2013: A new logo and brand is created.
  • 2014: North Star Hardware & Implement celebrates 90 years of business.
  • 2017: Owners Jeff Stammen and Steve Selhorst retire. Joe Selhorst becomes President of North Star Hardware & Implement. Kevin Selhorst joins into the ownership group.
  • 2017: North Star Hardware & Implement takes on the McHale baler and wrapper lines.

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