Mile­stone reached

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Konigs Shep­par­ton has reached a mile­stone, with 2017 the com­pany’s 25th year in op­er­a­tion.

The mile­stone was reached in June and the com­pany’s business de­vel­op­ment man­ager Leo Schoonder­beek said it was a great achieve­ment.

‘‘It’s ex­tremely re­ward­ing. I be­lieve it shows my pas­sion for the in­dus­try,’’ he said.

Dur­ing the 25 years, Mr Schoonder­beek said the business had grown con­sid­er­ably.

‘‘The business has grown over­whelm­ingly to be­come a ma­jor sup­plier of trac­tors and farm ma­chin­ery and now we add to it the mo­tor­cy­cle di­vi­sion, which started in June of 2017.

‘‘Konigs have de­vel­oped a unique business in re­tail, whole­sal­ing as well as di­rectly im­port­ing from other coun­tries.

‘‘Our mas­cot Ernie — which I be­lieve is an icon in the Shep­par­ton com­mu­nity — is some­thing we can all ad­mire,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of our sup­pli­ers are still long-stand­ing such as John Shearer, Sil­van, Cas­trol and many more.’’

Mr Schoonder­beek said the key to his longevity in business was due to the peo­ple who worked in the com­pany.

‘‘Key in business is the peo­ple that work within the business.

‘‘A huge part of suc­cess in business . . . is peo­ple with multi-skilled qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

‘‘Know­ing the cus­tomer ex­tremely well (is also im­por­tant),’’ he said.

The strat­egy for Konigs’ suc­cess comes down to hav­ing stock on the floor.

‘‘Our strat­egy is to al­ways fo­cus on hav­ing prod­uct on the floor when re­quired.

‘‘The phi­los­o­phy is if we haven’t got it, we can’t sell it.’’

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