Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, April 25 2014 at 3:52 PM, Updated: Mon, April 28 2014 at 9:52 PM
Merrill, Ore. -- Today marks the end of an era for Klamath Basin agriculture.
The Floyd A. Boyd company began selling farm machinery in Klamath County in 1940.
Today marks the final day of operation under the Boyd family name.
"I hate to see it happen." Says Jerry Bach, retired employee. "It's a family business."
Floyd's son Don has managed the business since 1963.
Jerry Bach worked for Don for over 20 years...
"Back when my daughter was having medical problems, (he) gave me a pickup, sent me to Sacramento for her medical - just like being family."
The business is being sold to Pape' Machinery.
Pape' will take over the Floyd A. Boyd operations in Merrill, Central Point, Madras, Bend, and Fall River Mills, California starting Monday.
And while the business name will change, Jerry Bach points out that the Boyd family will still be around...
"The Boyds have always been here to support ag. in any way possible."
And the Boyd family has played a key role in helping their community grow.
Over 60 people work for the Floyd A. Boyd company...most all are staying on with the new owner.
Don's son Donnie Boyd will work for Pape', he'll be in charge of equipment rental.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.