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Your New Ope Dealer Council Member for Neda

Craig Houseknecht, of MOFFETT TURF EQUIPMENT (MTE), West Henrietta, NY, 585-334-0100, is your new OPE Dealer Council Member for NEDA. Craig replaces Josh Ahearn, (his 2 term limit expired) on the “Equipment Dealer Association (EDA) “Outdoor Power Equipment Council” and on the “UEDA/NEDA Outdoor Power Equipment Council”. Purchased in 2010, MTE employs approximately 54 people. Craig’s father, Tom is the owner of the business. Craig is currently the Operations Manager. His uncle and brother are also active in the business. The dealership carries Jacobson, Ventrac, Smithco, Turfco, Redexim, Mahindra, Ryan and RedMax lines. Prior to purchasing the dealership, the Houseknecht family owned and operated a local Pepsi Bottling company for over 100 years. He enjoys traveling, boating, skiing and fishing. Craig’s goal as a council member is to represent and protect OPE dealers in an increasingly hostile environment.

Dealer/Manufacturer Agreements Did you know that the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association (NEDA) and Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) performs legal reviews for many dealer agreements that are released by manufacturers? When a new dealer agreement is announced, we attempt to engage the manufacturer in a discussion about the terms. After those discussions and a review of the agreement by legal counsel, a memo will be created for the affected dealer members to summarize the key changes, describe the legal rights of the members to continue with their current agreement (If your individual State Dealer Protection Law allows it) and often will provide dealers with other important information that will help them make a decision on whether or not they will sign the new contract.

Do You Have A Story To Tell?

Share Your Dealership News With Us NEDA is interested in stories about members getting involved in their communities, supporting charities or otherwise doing good deeds. Have you celebrated a business or personal anniversary, facility expansion, or a prestigious award from one of your suppliers, a special community event you participated in or any other way your business has been recognized that you would like to share with other members and have published in our monthly newsletter? Member stories, along with photos, will be showcased on NEDA’s media sites and in NEDA’s monthly newsletter or Weekly E-bytes. If so, please contact Dave Close or Art Smith, Editor of the monthly newsletter: Dave at 800932-0607 – or Art Smith at

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