For his whole life, Cam Jurgens has only known how to work one way: hard. Jurgens says that this work ethic was instilled in him by his family from a young age, and is the number one key to his success. It has propelled him from being a multi-positional football star at Beatrice High School—just miles from Exmark headquarters—to being the first freshman to start all 12 games at center for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. And, now, it’s helped him become a second-round pick and starting offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
For three generations now, the Jurgens family has been an important part of the Exmark family. Cam’s grandma, Karen, was the first full-time female production line employee at Exmark in 1986, where she worked until 2011. Today, Cam’s father Teddy is a welder at Exmark, in addition to farming full-time.
“On the farm, there’s something to do every day,” Jurgens said. “It’s not like a Monday through Friday deal. Seeing that from my dad—he’s a full-time welder at Exmark, and a full-time farmer.”
“My grandma worked at Exmark, so growing up we always had an Exmark mower,” Jurgens added. “I just bought my first house, and stepping back and realizing I’m a homeowner, and I have a yard with grass that I get to take care of.”
So,when he bought his first home, there was really no question which brand of mower he’d choose to maintain his lawn. He owns an Exmark 52” Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower, just like his parents and grandparents.
“It’s incredible to have this piece of machinery that my dad helped build, from the company my grandma worked at forever and helped build into what it is today. It’s a big part of the Beatrice community, and it’s really cool to now be a part of that and give back and work with Exmark. It’s pretty much an honor for me.”