Who We Are

The Family

Wengers of Myerstown

In 1947, Carl Wenger began working as a “nickel man” at local auctions when he was only 14. He purchased tools that needed repairs, fixed them and resold them. After marrying Margaret Buffenmeyer in 1950, the couple began dairy-farming in Myerstown, PA. In 1952, as an echo of his “nickel man” days, Carl starting buying and selling used farm equipment and tractors and within several years, that endeavor had blossomed into Wengers Farm Machinery. While Carl grew the business, Margaret spent her time in the home raising their seven children.
The business has grown from humble beginnings at the kitchen table to expanded facilities on the home farm for Wengers Farm Machinery, to our Agriculture and Construction divisions along Route 501, today known as Wengers of Myerstown. As the business grew, so did the family. Carl and Margaret are the parents of seven children; today, all married with families of their own: Lloyd and Kitty Wenger, Larry and Becky Wenger, John and Nancy Layser, Dennis and Carol Dieffenbach, David and Gwen Wenger, Glenn and Robin Wenger, and John and Rose Walmer. The family includes 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren (and growing!)
Carl retired in 1997, but he remained an active and inspirational part of our day-to-day operations until his passing. Wengers of Myerstown currently employs approximately 65 people, several of them, second, third and fourth generation family members.


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