Techbuyer Rochester acts to support Minnesota “Right to Repair” Bill

All staff at Techbuyer Rochester took action to support the Minnesota Right to Repair Bill yesterday by calling their State House representatives. The bill (HF 1138) will be presented in the State House for a vote this week. If it passes the State House it will be referred to the Senate.

Also known as the “Fair Repair” legislation, the bill guarantees our right to repair digital equipment like computers, refrigerators, call phones and tractors. It requires manufacturers to provide access to repair information and replacement parts, to allow people to fix things quickly and affordably.

The message our team left their representatives was simple:

“We repair and resell used equipment from a variety of manufacturers. I hear that HF 1138 is coming up for a vote in the State House very soon and I ask you to vote in favor of it. Once passed, we know we can sell and service more equipment and hire more employees locally. Thank you.”

This request is part of a global movement to make it easier to repair and reuse. Techbuyer has been involved in similar legislation in through contacts in Europe. The company provided feedback to the EU Ecodesign Directive, which has now been adopted and published in the Official Journal of the EU.

Techbuyer USA currently employs 17 people, 5 of whom are based at our Minnesota site. The US operation is growing year on year.