Kristen Smith

Kristen started in 2015 and was a stay at home mom before coming to Ernst. She has always lived in Oregon and her father managed a cattle ranch, so she grew up with horses. She graduated from Newberg high school and was involved with 4H. She handles receivables, payables and also support at the front counter.

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Alex Shenk

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Pumps & Water Systems

Alex specializes in Well Pumps and Water Systems, and has over 20 years experience in the industry. Alex is also and active member or the Oregon Ground Water Association.

Call Alex on his cell phone 503-881-0916 or at the office 503-633-1111

Bill Peters

Purchasing & Order Management

Bill has been with Ernst since 2014. He has 30 years experience in the nursery business and changed careers when the farm was sold. He started in parts and order management and now handles parts purchasing, customer service, order managment as well as shipping and receiving. He enjoys fishing and golfing and now lives in Canby.

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Fred Messer

Fred has worked at Ernst for 26 years. He works in Irrigation build, repair and assembly. He has lived locally for 32 years.

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Gerald Macken

Gerald is originally from Platte Center, Nebraska and moved with his family to Oregon when his father was in the Army. He went to school in Newberg and originally owned an auto parts store, Macken Auto. He has worked at Ernst since 2001. He loves working on old cars and has a 1952 Ford hardtop and a 1936 Ford sedan delivery. He has a son who lives in Newberg, a daughter who lives in Tigard and a daughter who lives in Napa California. His wife was a nurse at Newberg hospital for 40 years.

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Doug Hulst

Small Engine Repair
Ag Parts Specialist

Doug first came to work for Ernst in 2001, and is back with us again. Doug has an extensive background in auto parts and small engine repair. He has certifications in Yamaha, Honda, and Stihl repair, and has studied Diesel Technology, Hydraulics, and Electronics at Walla Walla Community College. In his spare time, Doug likes to hunt, fish and camp. Here is a guy who knows his stuff! Bring your equipment in, and have Dr Doug, small engine surgeon get it back into service ASAP.

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Fluffy has over 7 years experience in Irrigation. She specializes in lowering blood pressure, and soothing frazzled nerves. She loves kids, and usually will wake up from her nap to come and visit them. The usually sweet-natured kitty has been known to clean the clocks of a few dogs though….

Kevin Smidt

Kevin grew up south of Oregon City and worked on his grandfathers’s farm as a boy. He attended the John Deere agtech program in Walla Walla and joined Ernst in 1999. Kevin likes hunting, fishing and restoring cars. He is currently working on a 1974 Chevy Nova and a 1972 short box Chevy pickup. Kevin can fix just about anything you might bring in for service.

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Pat Messer

Pat was born on the family farm in the Gervais area, and grew up farming alongside his family and neighbors, many of whom are our customers. He began working for Ernst during High School, and has been here on and off ever since. He joined the U.S. Navy to serve his Country, and during his tour of duty, he learned the trade of Machinery Repairman. He earned his AA in Manufacturing from Chemeketa CC. He has an extensive background in fabrication and machining, including stints with Boeing and Mitchell Lewis & and Staver. Pat specializes in field fabrication and filter station construction, and is branching out into the role of Field Technician. Pat is involved with the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association at Antique Powerland. His farm work ethic shows in everything he does!

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Robert Hipp

Irrigation Equipment Parts Specialist

Robert began working for Ernst 18 years ago, and has learned the business from the ground up. He specializes in pipe repair parts, linear and pivot parts, hard hose reel parts, mechanical, centrifugal and manure pumps parts. Over the years, he has gained a level of technical knowledge that has made him one of our key people. Robert volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and his local Community Emergency Response Team in his spare time. Robert can help you with just about any of your Irrigation Equipment parts needs, just give him a shout!

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Jon Kenagy

Custom Irrigation Service

Jon is our Irrigation Shop Foreman with over 25 years of irrigation experience, 35 years under his belt as a mechanic, with a strong, local farming background. He specializes in hard hose reel repair, training, product support, troubleshooting, and diagnostics. His crew can assist you with hard hose reel repair, in-field and custom fabrication,  and much more. Jon is Certified as a Valley Systems Technician. Call Jon today, he makes things go!

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Jason Berg

Irrigation Parts Specialist

Jason started at Ernst over 10 years ago as a temp, and it didn’t take too long to figure out he was a keeper! Jason has a solid background in customer relations, including sporting goods sales, an Internship with OSP Administration of Justice, and 20 years in fresh market farming and sales, which he is still currently involved with. Jason specializes in growing Stone Fruits, which you can find at his Baird Family Orchards booth in Portland area farmers markets. In his spare time, Jason snowboards, trains for Iron Man triathlons, and is an amateur surfer (shark bait). Jason has attended Cornell, Berkeley, Kawasaki, Mitchell, and Nelson Trade Schools. He specializes in Drip, Greenhouse and Micro irrigation parts, as well as Nelson Rotators, Big Gun and Centrifugal pump parts. Call Jason today for your Irrigation Parts needs!

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Mori Aguilar

Mori likes horses and started working at Ernst in 2012. The family currently has one horse and her husband and daughter are frequent riders. She is good at multitasking and has done some sort of office work since 2000. She has 3 children and also acts as the spanish translator for Ernst.

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Bernard Grassl

Grew up in Sandy, Oregon and and came to Saint Paul in 2000. He is one of the mechanics at Ernst and works on tractors and balers. He worked for the Estacada phone company and Fischer Mill supply before Ernst. Most of his work is completed here in the shop, but from time to time he will work on equipment in the field. He owns a few hundred acres and likes growing some hay and timber.

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Ann Goodrich

Accounts Receivable

Ann has been with Ernst for about 8 years now. She has over 25 years of experience in Accounting; specializing in accounts receivables. Ann has a reputation for accuracy and is very detail oriented, earning her degree in Business Administration & Finance from Oregon State University. Go Beavs! Ann lives on her family’s Century Farm, homesteaded by ancestor Carmi Goodrich over 150 years ago. Ann is also a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, with traceable American ancestry back to the 1600’s. Ann enjoys history, travel, wine tasting, paper crafts, and is involved in her local church. As a business, we are very fortunate to have qualified support personnel such as Ann to keep matters in order. Thanks Ann!!!

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Abraham Kraxberger


Abraham grew up in Beaver Creek and lives now in Canby. He has worked for Ernst since 2002. Abraham works ordering parts for field service and tractor repair. He has a new son just born in 2017 and would love to own a farm someday.

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