What began in 1947 as a small business with $25,000 worth of inventory housed in a 1,500 square foot building is now a multi-million dollar business with three locations around the state.
C.H. Waltz Sons, Inc., founded by Clark H. Waltz and his three sons, Joseph, William and Theodore, now includes offices in Dallas, Cogen Station and Winfield.
According to the company’s website, www.chwaltz.com, “In 1966 Clark retired, turning the business over to his sons. Joseph R. Waltz assumed the role of president, William C. Waltz became the vice president and Theodore J. Waltz took the position of treasurer. Joe retired in 1986 and Ted became president. Bill remained the vice president until he retired in 1994 at which point Ted became the sole owner and CEO of the company. For many years, Ted’s wife, Connie, helped run the business, but in more recent years his oldest daughter, Deanna G. Boehret, was appointed the position of vice president while his two oldest grandsons, Seth H. and Justin T. Boehret, work in management positions.”
Seth Boehret, manages the Dallas store, which opened in 2007, and he said the business continues to grow. He added, however, “We’re getting to be a larger business, but we’re still making an effort to have a small business atmosphere.”
Part of that atmosphere includes good, friendly customer service.
“One thing we strive for,” Boehret said, “is developing a relationship with our customers. We try to go out of our way to make the customers happy.”
The shop offers rentals and sells both new and used equipment.
In addition to offering a vast product line of various brands, including Kubota, Tanaka, Snapper, D Woods, Hud-Son and more, the shop is a full-service dealer and can get parts for almost any make and model, according to Boehret.
“Anything we can fit in the shop, we can work on,” he said, adding that company employees have even worked on machinery outdoors that was too large to fit inside. It all goes back to developing relationships with the customers and serving them well.
Boegret describes the business as “family oriented,” which means supplying the customers with the equipment that best suits their families’ needs, rather than using “pushy salesmen” to pressure people into buying things.
The store also makes an effort to step beyond its doors and get involved in the community. Some organizations and events it belongs to and has helped with include The Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Harvest Festival, various expos and fairs, the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market and collections for victims of natural disasters.