A vacant building in downtown Ogilvie is now home to a busy powersports parts distributor after the new owner relocated the well-established business.
New owner and President Matt Pfankuch announced the completed acquisition of Fowler Distributors, a 50-year distributor of aftermarket snow, off-road and outdoor power equipment parts, located in Bloomington.
Going forward, Fowler Distributors will operate under a new name, Fowler Parts Service, and is being relocated from its current Bloomington location to new headquarters in Ogilvie.
“I cannot express how excited I am to be here in Ogilvie,” said Pfankuch.
A resident of the area, Pfankuch said he was much more interested in moving the business to Ogilvie than taking on a commute to the cities.
“This isn’t just a stepping stone for us. We want to stay here in Ogilvie,” he said.
The business was moved into a vacant building at 204 Hill Ave, formerly occupied by Hair Expressions by Elaine. The space was renovated with a fresh interior and office furniture. Pfankuch said future plans are to construct a 60 ft. x 60 ft. addition to the back of the building.
“Acquiring Fowler Distributors is an ideal fit for my product development, sales and training background,” said Pfankuch in a press release. “I have a longstanding work history in the powersports accessory industry and look forward to applying that knowledge, passion and relationships to updating and modernizing the great Fowler legacy.”
Pfankuch acquired Fowler Distributors from Eric Hillger, who was sole owner since 2005. Hillger will remain with the company as a vital part of the team moving forward. Fowler Parts Service carries more than 60 brands and houses thousands of parts, with plans for expansion in the second quarter of 2021.
Pfankuch thanked the Kanabec County Economic Development Authority, Mora Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Ogilvie for their support.
Together they held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the business on Thursday, Nov. 20, where Ogilvie Mayor Mark Nilson welcomed the new business and offered continued support.
Fowler Distributors History
Founded in 1900 as Fowler Electric, the company serviced windmill generators and gasoline engines with magnetos. By the 1920s, they dominated automotive electric repair, and by 1954, the company took on small gas engines.
In 1968, Fowler became a distributor for 2-cycle engines including JLO, Sachs, Kohler and Hirth while supplying engine repair parts for 168 different brands of snowmobiles. Since that time, the evolution in snowmobile, off-road and outdoor power equipment parts distributing increased with each category’s popularity.
More information about Fowler Parts Service can be found on the new website, Fowlerpartsservice.com.
About Matt Pfankuch
Matt has extensive product development and sales experience working for companies such as PowerMadd, Polaris, Caliber and Rox Speed Fx. Matt has worked in the industry since 1996. His industry experience includes snowmobile, ATV, UTV, motorcycle, marine and trailer products.