• Ariens Featured in December Issue of Wisconsin Snowmobile News

    In a throwback to the 1970s, the Ariens Arrow snowmobile was featured in the December 2015 issue of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs' (AWSC) Wisconsin Snowmobile News magazine. 

    In the article, author Pat Bo​urgeois summarizes how Ariens entered the snowmobile business with the Arrow in 1969 before removing the snowmobile f​rom its product​​ lineup in 1973. 

    During that time period, there were two models of the Arrow. The advertisements below from 1970 show the 400SS, which was built for competition, and the 400L, which was marketed toward families.

    You can read about the article here:Ariens Article.pdf or on ​ page 30 of the magazine online.


    Ariens Demonstrates Superior Customer Service with Cartoons

    ​On a typical ​day, Ariens Company's technical service department fields telephone calls, emails, social media comments and chat messages from customers. Customer requests range from locating parts to finding the year of a vintage machine, and hundreds of topics in between. Rarely, though, does the tec​hnical service department receive something that astoinshes them.

    When Ariens Company Warranty Manager Dave Miller saw the cartoon, he knew he had to respond in an equally impressive way.

    "We thought it was really neat that he took the time to send this drawing in," said Miller. "We've never seen something this elaborate. Once I started sharing his drawing around the office, it took on a life of its own. Everyone had ideas about what we could do in response."

    Brian Masters and Adam Stanton, two Ariens Company employees, drew the response cartoons. Along with the two response cartoons, Miller also included a collectable diecast model of a vintage Sno-Thro. Tim Schuh, a district sales manager in the customer's area, delivered the package to him.

    The following cartoon was sent to the Ariens Company technical service deparment asking about a recently-purchased Sno-Thro:

    Ariens Company employees Brian Masters and Adam Stanton answered the questions with two drawings:

    After sending the answers to the customer's questions, ​Ariens Company received this response:

    This customer interaction is an example of how Ariens Company's vision "passionate people, astounded customers" guides the way Ariens Company employees do business each and every day.​


    Ariens Company Employees Celebrate Christmas with Lunch, Ugly Sweaters

    ​Employees at Ariens Company were treated to a Christmas celebration on Thursday, Dec. 10, as the executive team served a holiday meal in a newly built section of the (not-yet-finished) research and development center. 

    Multiple employees volunteered to help decorate the new center with Ariens and Gravely products and Christmas garnishes to help spread holiday cheer. 

    The highlight of the day, however, was seeing the the variety of ugly Christmas sweaters worn throughout the office. Everything from on-trend Christmas ​stunners to light-up masterpieces to thrift store works of art were on display - a true testament of the passion that Ariens employees possess. 

    From the Ariens family of employees to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season! 

    Ariens Company Pride Team Hosts Christmas Open House

    Ariens Company hosted a Christmas open house at its mus​eum​ in Brillion, Wis., on Saturday, Dec. 5, for its employees and their families.

    The Christmas open house, an annual event that started in 2013 by the museum staff, was planned this year by Ariens Company's Pride Team, a committee of ten employees that plans fun events for employees. The open house is an opportunity for employees to bring their children to meet Santa Claus and to learn about Ariens Company's history​.

    "We really wanted to plan an event that would complement our annual Christmas dinner," said Ariens Company Pride Team President Chris Friedrich. "The dinner is only for employees, so we wanted to do something festive for the families."

    As part of the holiday spirit, the museum was decked with garland, ornaments, holiday lights and poinsettias. Several Christmas trees were decorated with Ariens-themeornaments and a Gravely® Atlas JSV™​ was filled with wrapped gifts.

    During the open house, over 40 families met with Santa Claus to take a photo. Before requesting their own toys from Santa Claus​, children could donate a gift to Toys for Tots​, a nonprofit o​rganization run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that gives to the children of parents who cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts.

    "Toys for Tots is something that Ariens Company has done for years," said Friedrich. "We collect toys throughout the holiday season, but we wanted to use the​​ open house to encourage more donations. We're proud that our employees donated nearly 100 toys at the event."

    After the families visited with Santa Claus, they could purchase Ariens-themed merchandise, including apparel and ornaments, and enjoy refreshments while watching The Polar Express and Home Alone. 

    "This event is just one of the events that Pride Team plans throughout the year," said Friedrich. "It's a great way for us to boost morale and ensu​re that employees love coming to work every day."


    Ariens Company to Host Open House Thanksgiving Weekend

    The Ariens Company Museum​ in Brillion, Wis., will host an open house during Thanksgiving weekend for community members who wish to learn more about the company's history. The open house is Saturday,Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

    The event is free to the public and will be hosted in conjunction with the Brillion Historical Society's Christmas Open House, which is open on the same days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    This year, Ariens Company will display its newly recreated two-wh​eeled tractor, the Pro-QXT™ Tractor​. The tractor is a legacy product for Gravely, as it was the first product Benjamin Franklin Gravely, the founder of Gravely, patented in 1916. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the patent, the product was relaunched to the market this year. Ariens Company had ceased producing the tractor in 2004.   

    The museum has recently been expanded to feature a replica of the original Gravely factory from Dunbar, W.V. Inside the replicated building, several historic​al products from Gravely's product lineup are on display.

    In addition to getting a glimpse of past and present Ariens and Gravely products, guests can see how Ariens Company products had changed over time in response to the evolving needs of farmers, homeowners and professionals. Opened in 2003 to celebrate the company's seventieth anniversary, the museum celebrates a heritage of employee ingenuity, mechanical problem-solving and the very best of Midwestern manufacturing culture.

    Museum staff will be on hand during the open house to provide tours and a historical overview to guests.

    "We're excited to show off the museum's new Gravely addition, which is a replica of the brand's first factory building," said Mel Edinger, one of the Ariens museum volunteer staff. "This open house will be a great time for the public to get a glimpse at some of the newest products in the Gravely lineup, while they travel through decades of Ariens Company history."

    Located at the company's original manufacturing plant in downtown Brillion, Wis., the museum features 7,500 square feet of display space. Within the museum is a full-scale replica of Henry Ariens' garage — the building where the first Ariens tiller was invented.

    Other highlights include original equipment from eight decades of business, memorabilia from company founders, a company timeline wall mural, photos, advertisements and catalogs from early equipment, and a nine-foot metal outdoor sculpture called "Man and Machine."

    The museum is located at 109 Calumet St., Brillion, ​Wis​

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