Small Engine Warehouse
Small Engine Warehouse Inc. may just be one of the secret gems that make the Muncie community a special place to live and do business. This organization was started by Roy Padgett Sr. in the early 1970’s and became his full-time job starting in 1982. Son and current co-owner, Tim, began managing the business after graduating high school in 1986. Tim focuses his time and energy locating and purchasing engines, along with sales and manufacturing management. Located in Dunkirk, the business was primarily shipping replacement engines sold though farm, auto, and landscape magazines. Another son and current co-owner, Roy, came to the business in 1999 as the internet was starting to become more prominent. Roy brought administrative, financial and technical aspects to the company to seize the opportunities for growth and change that were created by these new technologies. This led Tim and Roy to purchase the business from their father. It was Small Engine Warehouse’s time to be innovative.
The company’s online sales in 1998 amounted to $1,000. Through learning how to sell online and by investing in e-commerce sales tools, in 1999 the company’s online sales grew exponentially to $1,000,000 with only eight employees. The growth that followed required continual warehouse expansion, hiring and creating an employee structure, and the constant search for more engine inventory. In 2002, Small Engine Warehouse started manufacturing kits to replace lawnmower engines that were no longer available. In 2008, they purchased Mr. SupeRent and the former Ross Supermarket building and opened a retail store on Wheeling Avenue in Muncie. In 2012, the company bought the former Boyce Forms building on Riggin Road and moved the corporate headquarters and call center there. Due to continued expansion, in 2014, the company bought the former South Kmart and moved the remaining assembly and warehouse operations there.
Today, Small Engine Warehouse employs 65 people with online business from their website. eBay and Amazon stores account for 70% of company sales, shipping to an average of 36 states per day. Sales are supported by having over 20,000 engines in stock in the business’ 125,000 sq. ft. warehouse space.
Businesses like Small Engine Warehouse do not expand and flourish without a constant eye on market conditions and identifying customers’ needs. Their continual innovative processes are the key to the success of the company and is why we congratulate Small Engine Warehouse Inc. for receiving this award.