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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Don Domeier retires after 42 years

  • On Monday, June 30, many people filed into Kibble Equipment to wish Don Domeier the best of luck on his retirement. After 42 years at Kibble Equipment, formerly Bruggeman Company, Inc., Don is hanging up his hat.
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  • On Monday, June 30, many people filed into Kibble Equipment to wish Don Domeier the best of luck on his retirement. After 42 years at Kibble Equipment, formerly Bruggeman Company, Inc., Don is hanging up his hat.
    “It’s a little scary,” Don said. “I’m used to going to work six days a week and talking to customers all day long. I’m really going to miss my co-workers and my customers.” 
    Don began at Bruggeman Company in 1969 in the parts department part-time while he was in high school. After high school graduation, Don said he went to vocational school for natural resources technology in 1970 and graduated in the spring of 1972. He came back to Sleepy Eye after college graduation in search of work. Bill Bruggeman asked him if he’d like to “help out” in the parts department until he found another job.
    “It was supposed to be temporary,” Don reflected. “I looked in the mirror one day and wondered where 40 years had gone.” 
    Don said he has seen a lot of changes in his 42 years of working in the parts department. The biggest change, Don said, has been the introduction of technology from computers in the store to inventory parts to computers in the equipment.
    “Over the years I saw farms get bigger, yet the amount of farmers decreased,” Don said. “Farmers are under a lot of stress now nowadays. They have to get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time. That puts stress on our parts and service people who are now available 24/7. It’s a changing industry.” 
    To keep up with a changing industry, Kibble Equipment, is also changing. Don said they are increasing their stores from the current 12 to 28 stores within the next 18 months and building a new store at the Sleepy Eye location. Despite all the changes, the one thing Don said that always remained unchanged is the loyalty of the Bruggeman’s to their employees.
    “Pat and Mark Bruggeman and their dads, Jack and Bill, have been some of the best bosses I’ve ever had,” Don said. “They treat each employee like family and I’ve always appreciated that.” 
    In retirement Don said he has plenty to keep him busy.
    He said he looks forward to continuing to renovate his three-story home he’s been working on for several years, hunting, fishing and volunteering his time as a captain for the Let’s Go Fishing Sleepy Eye Chapter, the Eagles Club and the Sportsmen’s Club. He also has two grandsons, ages three years and three months, which Don said he is looking forward to spending time with.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s time to have a little fun now!” Don added.
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