The Story of Powering Up

HooverTec’s History with Diesel Engines and Diesel Powered Applications

Our journey has been a positive one. It began when Gehman Brothers — owners of a “lawn and garden” business which also specialized in diesel engines, lawnmowers, and chainsaws — welcomed Melvin Hoover to their team as a diesel engine mechanic in 1973. Melvin learned a great deal about the industry and bought the diesel engine part of the business one year later. Melvin, now joined by his four sons, has been in the business for 40 years. We give God the glory for the growth we’ve experienced and wish to continue honoring Him through our business operations and relationships.


Hoover Diesel Service was established by Melvin Hoover in Terre Hill, PA. Focus was mostly on providing the Amish communities with industrial diesel engines, parts, and service.


The company was relocated to Ronks, PA, while representing Lombardini and Petter diesel engines.

This engine is from the 1980’s or earlier.
From the 1980’s or earlier


With exciting growth in engine rebuilding, parts sales, and field service, the company moved to a new building ¼ of a mile down the road.


Iveco Industrial engines were added to the product line-up.

1994 service truckiveco industrial engine iveco industrial engine


Quarryville location opened, so we could more adequately serve our customer base in the Southern end of the county.


John Deere and Yanmar Industrial engines were added to the product offerings.


Shop in Ronks 2009
Shop in Ronks 2009


The company expanded into a larger facility in New Holland, PA, to house the growing inventory of diesel engines, generators, repair parts, and the engine rebuilding center.

Shop in New Holland 2017
Shop in New Holland 2017


The business name changed from “Hoover Diesel Service” to “HooverTec”.


HooverTec continues to serve the off-grid communities while also installing and servicing stand-by gensets, rebuilding off-highway diesel engines, and providing many repair shops with engine rebuild parts and accessories.