Bits of History


In 1980, Roger Osborne of B & R Plumbing and Heating took on a BouMatic dealership, and B & R Dairy Equipment, Inc. was born at 216 N. Main Street, Winthrop, MN.  One of the early employees hired was Tom Witucki in September of 1981. Tom has since retired,  but still helps out part time when need.  Tom’s first responsibility was Route Sales.   The first deliveries were made using a blue cube van, nick-named “Martha.”  In the fall of 1988, Kevin Johnson was hired as a Route Specialist, freeing up Tom to concentrate on sales.   

In 1999 our offices moved to 109 E 2nd Street, Winthrop, and in October of 2008 we moved to our current location at 108 North Renville St., Winthrop, MN.

On May 11, 2018, Benjamin Netzke (N & A Dairy LLC) purchased B & R Dairy Equipment, Inc. and is continuing to do business as B & R Dairy Equipment. Netzke grew up on a farm southeast of Nicollet and graduated from Nicollet High School. In late 2005 Netzke purchased Midwest Refrigeration, they were strictly Refrigeration at first, but soon grew into commercial and residential heating and air conditioning as well. This brings refrigeration knowledge to B & R Dairy Equipment and a sister company to help our customers in all aspects of their refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning  needs in the barns, shops and homes. 

B & R Dairy Equipment has a current territory of about 100 miles from our office, with a few farms beyond that. If you are looking for a family owned and operated company to help you grow your family owned Dairy please contact B & R Dairy Equipment, we would love to help.  

Currently, B & R Dairy Equipment has  5 full time and 2 part-time employees (click here to meet them!).  

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