Dave Naumann

Tractor Service Manager

Dave started with Ernst in 1994, working in the parts department. He has been the service manager since 1997. He lives in Canby where he grew up. He is originally from Long Beach, California. Dave acknowledges that being service manager is a very tough job, since customers are in stressful situations when they need their equipment fixed. Dave believes that it is important for his service department to do the best work they can and to be fair with customers, fixing equipment as quickly and affordably as possible.

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Joel Naumann

Hardware Manager
Ag Equipment Sales

Joel first came to work for Ernst in 1997, prior to that he had 12 years experience with Wilco, including being Store Manager. He is currently our Hardware Manager, Farm Implement Salesman, and also manages our CP Shop, overseeing ATV,UTV and small engine repair. Joel continues to work on the Family Farm on the Pudding River in his “spare” time. His areas of expertise are animal husbandry, crop sciences, equipment repair, calf pulling, and he is also a calf “river rescue” specialist, which can get kind of tricky during high water. Joel also assistant coaches little league for 91 and St Paul. Now there’s a man who wears many hats, and wears them well !!! Call Joel today to schedule your ATV and small engine service!

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Travis Eicher

Irrigation Service Manager

Travis was born and raised in Eastern Oregon and has moved often during his lifetime. He graduated From Central Point High School north of Medford. He joined the US Marine Corps after high school. After the service he has spent most of his life in Cattle and Hay. He currently lives in Scio with his wife and two daughters. They own several horses and participate in both horse events as well as running a feeder cattle operation.

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Bret Halleen

Bret started in the summer of 2021.  He works in irrigation service.  He got the job when he answered a Facebook ad.  He is currently in the Valley Training program.  He was born, raised and still lives in Salem.  He went to McNary High school.   Has also has one son.  He likes cars and legos.  During the winter he works mainly in the fab shop. 

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Lonnie Wilson

Lonnie started at Ernst in September of 2020 and does pipe repair and small engine work.  He also works on the hydraulics on the traveller products. He was born in Boring, OR and his father was a foreman for a major nursery.  He likes hunting and fishing. He has a wife, a 15 year old son and a  3 year old daughter.  He also likes camping in the woods in either trailer or tent. 

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Trevor Unruh

Trevor started in 2021.  He previously worked 4 or 5 years for a competitor.  He started his career in construction, but switched to irrigation.  He builds Valley systems and also works on pumps. He lives in Salem and went to high school at South Salem.  He played baseball and football.   He likes outdoors, camping and fishing up on the Santiam.  He is a Seahawks and Mariners fan. 

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Matthew Bell

Grew up in Gervais. Played baseball in High School and graduated from Gervais High school in 2014. He currently lives in Salem.  He likes to play guitar and drums.  He has one brother, has family that lives in Bend and his mother lives in Hillsboro.

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Ryan Tuttle

Ryan started at Ernst in 2017.  He is one of the licensed electricians for Ernst.  He was born in Klamath Falls but his family moved to Salem when he was 2.  He has lived there since.  His father was a civil engineer for the state.  He likes 4 wheeling for fun in central Oregon. 

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Alex Shaffer

Supervising Electrician

Alex is an electrician who started with Ernst in February of 2017. He works on industrial, residential and agricultural electrical projects including irrigation pumps. He likes woodworking and furniture making as a hobby. He is married with one daughter and also has a Harley.

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Josh Hibdon

Josh is the jack of all trades here at Ernst. He performs hard hose reel service, product support, manure pump service, setup, repair, expert fabrication and has been working here since 2014. He lives in Dallas and is very busy as a dad of 4 children. He likes to fish and spend time outdoors. He is also active in softball with his three older children.

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Steve Fromherz

Steve grew up in Salem and has always had a mechanical background. He worked in the school bus barn while in High School. Steve started working for Ernst in 2014. His father grew up in Saint Paul and his family has a connection to the community. He has two dogs, a beagle mix and a bluetick walker hound.

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Eric Nasset

Eric is from Silverton and has worked at Ernst since 2015. Most of his time is spent in the shop working on transmissions, hydraulic issues, clutches, etc. He likes bowling and used to belong to a league in Salem. His high score is 275 and he has a 168 average. Eric helps keep our customers going with his expertise in equipment repair.

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Carissa Wigget

Started working with Ernst while still in High School, answering phones during the summer. She is currently the admin assistant for the Service department, handling work orders, time cards, office work and she has been with the company for 10 years now. She is originally from Klamath Falls and was very active in FFA and 4H.

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Todd Spencer

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Electrical Parts

Todd manages the electrical inventory and started with Ernst in 2015. Todd came from 28 years at Platt Electric. He is a gun collector and likes working on his MG. Todd also runs the safety committee for Ernst.

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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

Paul Schaffers

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He grew up near Sliver Creek Falls on his parents farm. Paul started working for a neighbor in high school. After high school he worked for Fisher Implement. He came to Ernst in 2012. He has been married since 1999, has 3 children and lives on a family farm.

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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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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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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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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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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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