When Brenco first started
in 1982, owner, Loren Thoennes was custom thinning 5,000 acres of sugar beets
for farmers in the Red River Valley. In 1984 Loren had the idea of turning
Brenco (named after daughters Brenda and Colleen) into an industrial cleaning
equipment company. The idea of selling cleaning equipment, specifically
Kärcher, came to Loren when he was first introduced to the German-made pressure
washer at a North Dakota fair. “I spent two days looking at a power washer in
the booth next to me”. Loren, who had owned pressure washers in the past felt
this was unlike anything he had ever seen. “I thought the washers were unique
in technology and design, and that’s what I wanted in a product”.
Outgrowing each location
and upgrading buildings twice, Brenco purchased their building, and current
location, at 1193 East Main Ave in West Fargo in 2001. This location has since
served as their showroom, warehouse, and parts & service department all
under one roof.
In November 2011, because
of Brenco’s continued success and ability to quickly serve their customers they
were able to expand their facility with an additional 2,400 sq. ft. of
2014 kicked off with the
addition of two new vendors. In January of 2014 Brenco expanded their Truck
Mount and Restoration sales and service business by adding and stocking
HydraMaster and US Products restoration equipment to their product line up.
After 5 straight years of #1 Dealer awards within the Karcher North America (KNA) family, KNA rewarded Brenco with the
ability to represent Karcher, Landa, Windsor (now Windsor Karcher Group) and Cuda
Parts Washers in April of 2015. This opportunity greatly expanded Brenco’s
customer base to include all industries and market segments.
2016 continued to be a big
year for Brenco, adding numerous product lines and expanding their presence in
the jan-san and cleaning chemical & floor finish market place. 2016 opened
the door to multiple new equipment lines to include: Taski & IPC Eagle.
O-Cedar Commericial, Tolco Corporation, and North American Plastics were added
to facilitate janitorial supplies and Multi-Clean was brought in to support
Brenco’s chemical customers.
A second, off-site,
storage facility has since been added a half block east of their current
location. The 2,800 sq ft. added August of 2016 will now house Brenco’s entire
stock inventory, allowing their service department to again expand within their