McDowell's success based on hard work and service

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By Linda Ireland

Several hundred people attended the open house and anniversary celebration of McDowell’s Farm Machinery Saturday at the LaRue County Fairgrounds.
At least 300 people stopped by to congratulate owner Donald McDowell on his business success, feast on hamburgers catered by the LaRue County Beef Producers and look over a dozen or so Mahindra tractors parked on the grounds.
Customers from several counties, employees, bankers, county officials, friends and family were part of the crowd.
McDowell, honored recently as one of only three Mahindra dealerships in business for 15-or-more years, stayed busy during the festivities. When he wasn’t shaking hands or pricing tractors, he was answering his cell phone – the one with a distinctive “moo” for a ring. (He also manages a large cattle-feeding operation.)
He said he was pleased with the turnout. Having the event at the fairgrounds, a few miles away from his dealership on New Jackson Highway, proved to be a wise decision in handling the crowd. There was plenty of parking, room for attendees to visit and check out the implements and an air-conditioned banquet room to enjoy the meal.
McDowell said he was happy to give back to his customers and community.
“I’ve been in this thing going on 16 years (25 in all),” McDowell said. “It’s the people who have made me.”
The secret to his success is two-fold.
“A lot of hard work, 24-7 some days,” he said. “And we try to treat people right. Ninety-nine percent of the people will remember how you treated them.”
McDowell plans to repeat the open house next year.