Founded in 1961 by a man named Albert B Hoag, AB Hoag Farm Supplies consisted of seed and fertilizer sales, as well as lime spreading. Hoag picked up some short line equipment shortly after starting the business and in 1965, took on the Allis Chalmers brand. He ran the business for roughly five years, before selling it to Wayne Pence. Pence renamed the business to Pence’s Farm Supply, but couldn’t keep the business financially stable, so Hoag took it back over after two years.
Dan Hupp served as the stores’ Allis Chalmers territory manager starting in 1970. He created a strong relationship with Hoag, especially after Hoag took the business back over from Pence. In the spring of 1973, Hupp was approached by Hoag about buying the business. The rest is history in April 1 of 1973, AB Hoag Farm Supplies became Dan’s Farm Supply.
In 1989, Hupp added on the Case IH line and left Allis Chalmers, leading to changes to the store and service shop, to accommodate the larger size and larger line of equipment. At the end of 1990, the parts warehouse behind the parts counter was added on to house the larger variety of parts required to have on hand; and in 1994, the larger shop on the west side of the store was added on to handle the larger combines and tractors.
With no children of his own, Hupp had no one to pass on the business he had put some much time and devotion into building. In the mid 2000’s, it began to really weigh on Hupp, thus triggering him to start the quest to find a fellow dealership to partner up with. Hupp met with Daryl Nofziger and Virgil Hoene a couple of times in 2010, having great discussions together about the possibility of Dan’s joining Archbold Equipment as a location in Michigan. Archbold Equipment Company bought Dan’s Farm Supply in May 1 of 2011.