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Ariens is building your snowblower as we speak.

All of us here at snowblowerfourm appreciate the company representation we get and the expert help we receive from them. Ariens is one of those companies. A few weeks ago I reached out to Ariens with an email to Mary Lyn Wininger, Ariens' Interactive Media Specialist and asked it it would be possible to arrange a meeting in Brillion to look over their new offerings for 2016. I was pleased to not only get a response and invitation to do so, but was fortunate enough to be able to co-ordinate Mary Lyn's scheduled visit to Brillion from her office in Auburn, NE with my own schedule.

I started a thread earlier about a visit to the Ariens Museum in Brillion, WI. That visit actually followed a tour of the factory of Ariens' Plant 3 where the snowblower line is manufactured. Our very own Kiss4aFrog and I were set to join a tour at 8:45am on Friday, October 30. Unfortunately, Kiss4aFrog was unable to make it, and I forgot that I was leaving my home in the eastern time zone and going to Brillion in the central time zone. Because of my oversight, I got into Brillion with more than an hour to spare. On the bright side, I found Rudy's Cafe just down the road from Ariens, and had an excellent breakfast. If you're going to Brillion, be sure to stop in at Rudy's too. You have to like a diner where the cook actually asks you how you like your breakfast cooked!

Having taken tours of factories at other major manufactures, I figured we would be part of a group trudging along on a set route through the plant and would only get to see little glimpses of what they actually do. As it turned out, Mary Lyn introduced me to Pat Weller, Ariens Value Stream Manager, who gave Mary Lyn and I an exclusive look into how Ariens snowblowers are made on behalf of snowblowerforum.com! No riding along in a cart with a recorded message playing over headphones, no squirming school kids on a class outing, and no bunch of old codgers shuffling along. I was the only old codger in the group, and the tour was for snowblowerforu.com's members.

Pat Weller told me I could take pictures along the way, of some things, but not all. Rather than sound like an annoying school kid asking, "Can I take a picture of this, can I take a picture of that?", I thanked him for the offer, but said that there were enough pictures of the factory on line to satisfy most folks.

Anyone who has looked at the Ariens web pages is aware of the fact that they are proud of their sense of family values, and talk of their interest in the customer's input. It was apparent to me within a very short time of meeting Mary Lyn and Pat that their interest in what we have to say here at snowblowerforum.com is more than just talk. They asked questions, listened to the answers, and want to hear more from the people who use their products.

Ariens is very proud of the fact that the majority of the parts and work it takes to manufacture their line of snowblower is done in house. Of course, we all know that their engines are of Chinese manufacture. It is simply a fact of life for small engines these days. No point in going on about that. One of the things pointed out is that all of the pulleys used in their snowblowers are manufactured right there in the same factory rather than being outsourced as they once were. When their pulley supplier announced that they would no longer be able to supply their product, Ariens purchased the machinery necessary and started making them at their own factory. Pat Weller also pointed out a number of machines used in the manufacture of their product that have been created or modified by Ariens employees to better suit the needs of creating the snowblowers they build.

At this point, I want to give special acknowledgment to an Ariens employee who was involved in the making of one of those pulleys. Shannon Miller saw us watching over her shoulder as she went about her task and took the time to stop and explain the process of creating the particular pulley she was working on to us. I thought that showed a dedication to detail and an appreciation for it's place in the overall make up of the snowblower it would be going into.

I later met with Rob Wittl, Senior Product Manager of the Snow Division. Rob went over some of the particulars of their newest models. Mary Lyn, Pat and Rob all stressed the fact that customer input plays a huge role in the manufacture of their snowblowers.

Mary Lyn told me that she looks forward to hearing more from us here on snowblowerforum.com.

I'm pretty much retired from the forum thing, but I check in every now and then.

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Thank you for taking the time to post these excellent and informative threads. This is what I expected from Ariens and their business model, which is refreshing in this day and age.

I called their tech-support team the other day with a question on their 2016 headlight design, I also inquired about the possibility of L.E.D. lights on future models. The tech told me that they have been bouncing this around for a while now, he stated they have stayed with the halogen so far because of the heat it generates, it actually helps keep the headlight clear of snow. They are always very approachable and helpful and I believe their customer support is second to none in the industry.

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Very interesting thread and makes me happy to know I've spent my money wisely purchasing their products.
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"Anyone who has looked at the Ariens web pages is aware of the fact that they are proud of their sense of family values, and talk of their interest in the customer's input. It was apparent to me within a very short time of meeting Mary Lyn and Pat that their interest in what we have to say here at snowblowerforum.com is more than just talk. They asked questions, listened to the answers, and want to hear more from the people who use their products."

All of that is the number one reason why my next blower I purchase will be an Ariens.
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Great story- thanks for sharing!

I always wanted a new Ariens snowblower but wound up with Craigslist clunkers to save money. Enough is enough and I'm pleased my son and I bought two brand new Ariens this season...bring on the snow!
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