Palo Duro Announces New Management Team

Palo Duro Hardwoods has announced the appointment of a new management team.  Together, Tom Ruekert and Marc Schulz will assume all responsibilities for Palo Duro and for Lägler North America, effective immediately.

Training will continue to be a major focus for the new team. “We’re committed to continuing to expand our PST program,” says Ruekert. “We’ve recently marked our 10th year of training floor sanding professionals, and are celebrating by hosting our first-ever couples trip to Germany to commemorate this milestone.”

The trip, which includes airfare, transportation, hotel, meals, and sight-seeing, is open to couples working together in the industry. “It’s a once-in-lifetime experience to get one-on-one training with the world leader in flooring sanding equipment, while visiting Lägler’s headquarters in Germany, as well as a stop in Strasbourg,” said Schulz. The trip will be held June 7-13. The deadline for entries is April 15.

Palo Duro, a wholesale distribution company located in Denver, Colorado, was acquired by Eugen Lägler GmbH, headquartered in Frauenzimmern, Germany, in October 2015.

Palo Duro has been the exclusive North American importer and sales agent for Lägler since 1995. Eugen Lägler GmbH was founded in 1956 and is credited with developing the first wood flooring belt sander. Today, under the management of Karleugen Lägler, Lägler is recognized world-wide as a leader in sanding equipment and technology, and has manufactured more than 50,000 Hummels.

Both Palo Duro and Lägler share a commitment to long-term relationships with suppliers, customers and employees, and look forward to building upon their shared culture of quality, passion for the industry, and teamwork. Tom Ruekert can be reached at Marc Schulz can be reached at

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