Two Kansas John Deere companies, Prairieland Partners Inc. and Concordia Tractor Inc. are planning a merger effective in January, according to the Marion County Record.

Prairieland Partners, a 10 year old company, has a dealership in Marion as well as 8 other locations in central and south-central Kansas. Concordia Tractor, a 50 year old company, has dealerships in north-central Kansas, including Abilene, Concordia, Clay Cente, and Wamego.

The new company, named PrairieLand Partners LLC, will have 13 locations in 37 counties and employ over 375 people.

“Keeping You in the Green” will be the company’s slogan.

PrairieLand Partners chief executive officer Darrell Pankratz will be CEO of the new company.

“Our two organizations are aligned in business practices and values, and we have a long-term relationship,” he said. “The merger aligns with John Deere’s location strategy to produce economies of scale and make us stronger. We will have more inventory and more expertise.”

Employees in all 13 stores will remain in place. The two leadership teams will merge. John Deere training programs allow 80 percent of leadership positions to be filled by employees, Pankratz said.

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