One Dealership’s ‘Acquisition Journal’
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One Dealership’s ‘Acquisition Journal’

Davin Peterson joined California-based Kern Machinery Inc. (KMI) in April 2015 in advance of the acquisition of Hollingsworth Inc., a 3-store John Deere dealer group with stores in Ontario and Burns, Ore., and Weiser, Idaho, that would be renamed Camp Equipment.

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Success in Shortline Machinery

Manufacturers See Potential of Shortline-Only Dealers

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When a traditional mainline dealership becomes "separated" from its main line, generally through a contract termination but occasionally by the dealership’s own choosing, oftentimes a new shortline-only dealer is formed.


Success in Shortline Machinery is a regular feature for E-Watch, our bi-weekly e-newsletter. It is brought to you by Versatile.

Also in this series:

• Rooted in Service, Repair Shop Grows Business with Shortline Machinery
• Surveys Gauge Dealers' Approach Toward Shortline Products
• 26 Dealers Share Tips for What to Consider When Adding a New Shortline
• Evolving from Repair Shop to Shortline Machinery Dealer
• Meeting Customer Demands with a Diverse Product Lineup

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Farm Equipment Videos

Columns & Opinions

  • Dave Kanicki

    What’s on Dealers’ Minds These Days?

    Numbers can give you give you a pretty good look at the big picture, but it’s the boots on the ground views and commentary that help to explain the numbers.
  • May 2016 U.S. Tractor & Combine Sales Analysis

    For the largest categories of tractors and for combines the general economy certainly has an indirect effect upon sales activity at the dealerships. Rising commodity prices, a boon for farmers, ranchers and dealers, is reflected in an increased grocery bill for the consumer and is often accompanied by a resistance to paying the higher price for premium items.
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    Surveys Gauge Dealers' Approach Toward Shortline Products

    The recent article "What Consultants Say About Shortline-Only Farm Equipment Dealerships" brought to mind the dealer surveys that Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (FEMA) conducted during the early 2000s.
  • To The Point: Another Major Line No Longer Mere Talk

    To complement this SHOWCASE’s report on what happens after the ink dries on a dealer acquisition (Dealer Acquisitions Report), I’d been exploring the major lines’ resources, checklists and protocols to help dealers integrate newly acquired stores. With the exception of John Deere (declined to participate), the majors supported the topic and cooperated with materials.

Dealers on the Move: The Latest

Stotz Equipment Acquires Christiansen Implement

June 7, 2016 — Christiansen’s three stores, located in Burley, American Falls and Twin Falls, Idaho, are becoming part of the Stotz Equipment family.


Dealers on the Move is a regular feature for E-Watch, our bi-weekly e-newsletter. It is brought to you by Equip IQ.

Also in this series:

• Canada West Harvest Centre to Open New Location in Swift Current, Sk.
• Atlanta Kubota Opens New Facility in Marietta, Georgia
• Matsqui Ag Repair Joins JCB’s Canadian Dealer Network
• JCB Adds Mazergroup JCB to Dealer Network
• Claas Names Parmer County Implement Lexion Parts & Service Provider for Texas

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Digging Up Accurate Used Values

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Time: 2:00 p.m. CDT

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During this live event, Trent Hummel, a core trainer for the Western Equipment Dealers Association Dealer Institute, will discuss how to review multiple sources and data fields in order to most accurately value used equipment.

This event is brought to you free courtesy of the WEDA Dealer Institute.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

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