The Engine Doctor to retire with auction of business inventory
The Engine Doctor, Roger Steinke, has closed shop and is retiring. He will sell his business inventory at public auction Saturday.
“I’ve had a good run,” Steinke said during a recent interview. “I have enjoyed my work, but it’s time” to retire.
Steinke studied mechanics and engine repair for two years at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Canby, then came to Springfield in 1971 to work at the Springfield Cooperative Oil Association where he worked 11 years. In 1982, he took a job at Vigorena Feeds where he worked 14 years until the plant closed in 1996. Then with 32 years of practical mechanical experience, he opened his own business — a full service shop specializing in small engine tune-ups and authorized dealer for lawn mowers and snow blowers. He became a dealer for Ariens lawn and snow equipment in 1997, and added the Snapper line of equipment in 2006. He added golf carts and service in 2001 after R.B. Besse sold out his business in Springfield.
Going into business for himself, was “a bit scary” at first, Steinke said. “Change is continuous and we have to accept that and roll with the punches,” he said. He saw the need for a small engine shop in Springfield, realized a business opportunity and grasped it.
“There is definitely a need in the area for small engine repair, and a dealership for lawn and snow equipment, Steinke said. “So, now I’m hoping somebody comes along and starts up another business.”
Steinke is positively looking forward to retirement. He and wife Sue would like to travel more. “We have grandchildren and ballgames and other activities that we’d like to attend,” he commented. “There are lots of lakes in Minnesota that I haven’t fished and I’d like to get the boat out more often. I’ll likely do more golfing.”
The Engine Doctor will close out his business with a public auction Saturday, October 14, starting at 10:00 a.m. at his shop located along U.S. Highway 14 in Springfield. He’s offering everything for sale to the bare walls. He’s selling new and used lawn and snow equipment, parts, tools, pickup trailer, skid loader and miscellaneous items.
“I have always enjoyed doing what I do here, and I want to thank my loyal customers for supporting me,” he concluded.