Greater Tulsa Reporter
HOME GROWN: Rick Pregler, pictured above, took over his family’s business, Pregler Lawn, in 1982. His father founded it in Glenpool in 1971; the company still stands in the same location, 13200 S. Elwood Ave., and carries many brands including Stihl, Echo, Honda power equipment, Cub Cadet and Dixie Chopper.
EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers
Pregler Lawn continues to call Glenpool home since opening there in 1971.
Company founder, Kenneth Pregler, started the business out of his home “more as a hobby,” says his son and current owner Rick Pregler.
Kenneth, a machinist by trade, started out selling mostly tractors. When Rick took over the family business, he expanded brand offerings to include Stihl, Echo, Honda power equipment, Cub Cadet and Dixie Chopper. The shop is a full-service dealership that carries handheld equipment, zero turn mowers, and equipment for commercial and residential projects.
The company has held its own for the past 40 years, and Rick expects that trend to hold true in the future, even with the emergence of big box warehouse stores, such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.
“What separates us from mass merchants is that we offer full-service repairs and have experienced personnel to answer customer questions,” Rick says.
Pregler Lawn is located at 13200 S. Elwood Ave., which Rick says can sometimes be tricky for customers to find. It is located one mile east of Highway 75 and four miles south of Jones Airport.
Since taking ownership of the business in 1982, Rick has remained in Glenpool and raised two children. He now has four grandchildren also in the Tulsa and Glenpool area.
He credits word of mouth and the company’s endurance in the lawn care business as reasons for the shop’s wide span of customers, reaching throughout Tulsa and beyond; he expects that to continue.
“There seems to be fewer and fewer dealers than before,” says Rick. “The Home Depots and other places don’t carry full lines of brands and parts, and they don’t offer service to the customer. We fill the gap.”
Pregler Lawn is open Mon.–Fri. 8:30–5:30 p.m. and Sat. 9–1 p.m.