ABOUT US

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.
  • 1955: AC acquires Gleaner and North Star Hardware & Implement Company begins selling the Gleaner combines.
  • 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 Company purchases a contract to sell American Grain Dryers.
  • 1960: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts to sell Brock grain bins and J&M grain carts.
  • 1960: The Blue Flame LP Gas business is started to compliment the grain dryer and heating business.
  • 1972: North Star Hardware & Implement Company stops selling American Grain Dryers and begins selling Farm Fan Dryers.
  • 1974: North Star Hardware & Implement Company celebrates 50 years in business.
  • 1976: North Star Hardware & Implement Company 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.
  • 1977/1978: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling Grasshopper lawn mowers and attachments.
  • 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 Company. His sons Jerry and Jeff become President and Vice President of the company.
  • 1983: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling Mayrath augers and Woods mowers.
  • 1984: North Star Hardware & Implement Company sells the highest tractor dollar totals in the Columbus region.
  • 1984: Ben Selhorst retires from North Star Hardware & Implement Company. His sons’ Steve and Joe become owners.
  • 1985: Val Groff retires from North Star Hardware & Implement Company. His son-in-law, John Creager, becomes owner.
  • 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 Company celebrates 75 years of serving the agricultural community.
  • 2000: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling JayLor mixers.
  • 2002: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling Kongskilde tillage cultivators.
  • 2002: Agco acquires Sunflower tillage equipment and North Star Hardware & Implement Company begins selling the Sunflower line.
  • 2003: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling PikRite spreaders.
  • 2003: North Star Hardware & Implement Company builds for the future, adding a new 70’ x 170’ combine shop and parts warehouse.
  • 2005: North Star Hardware & Implement Company begins selling Anderson bale wrappers.
  • 2008: A new 70’ x 150’ grain bin cold storage building is built to keep up with the company’s growing grain bin business.
  • 2008: North Star Hardware & Implement Company begins selling Demco sprayers.
  • 2011: Jerry Stammen and John Creager retire after 40+ years in the business. Their sons Jason Stammen and Dan Creager replace them in the ownership. Jeff Stammen becomes President.
  • 2011: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling Landoll tillage equipment.
  • 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.
  • 2013: North Star Hardware & Implement Company starts selling Capello headers.
  • 2014: North Star Hardware & Implement Company celebrates 90 years of business.
  • 2016: North Star Hardware & Implement Company is awarded the New Holland President’s Award for the 7th straight year. This is an honor given by New Holland to recognize a dealership “for the highest level of customer service and business excellence".
  • 2017: Owners Jeff Stammen and Steve Selhorst retire. Joe Selhorst becomes President of North Star Hardware & Implement Company. Joe's son, Kevin Selhorst joins in the ownership.
  • 2017: North Star Hardware & Implement Company adds to their New Holland equipment options by taking on the entire construction line.
  • 2017: North Star Hardware & Implement Company begins selling McHale balers and wrappers.
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