DECEMBER 2021

COVER STORY- Chicagoland Dealer Looks Forward –

ELGIN, Illinois – The year 2020 marked Russo Power’s half-century anniversary for the family-owned and operated retailer. Since 1970, Russo has evolved from a hardware heritage to a multi-location company specializing in landscaping power equipment and industry supplies.

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ELGIN, Illinois – The year 2020 marked Russo Power’s half-century anniversary for the family-owned and operated retailer. Since 1970, Russo has evolved from a hardware heritage to a multi-location company specializing in landscaping power equipment and industry supplies.

Russo’s extensive power equipment collection bolstering the five full-service dealerships stationed throughout Illinois culminated from long-standing relationships with vendors including Bobcat, Echo, Honda, Kawasaki, Kubota, Stihl, Toro and Wright.

While the company has seen much success over the last 52 years, Russo has also had to make necessary pivots throughout rough patches, including the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as consistently evolving to meet the needs of consumer demand. To remain a prominent figure in the Midwest power equipment market, Russo continues to keep its eye on the future while keeping a finger on the pulse of consumer needs.

In the December 2021 issue Power Equipment Trade connects with Russo Power’s Director of Sales to discuss the company’s investment in electric, e-commerce and the return of in-person events.

Article by Jenna Rimensnyder

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