Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina, Kansas, recently unveiled its new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art conference center when it played host to over 300 Great Plains Division dealer sales and service representatives. The company’s Land Pride Division is set to host regional dealer meetings in early March.
The two-story conference center includes four large break-out rooms equipped with the latest in audio-video equipment, in addition to a main arena where the company’s full line of equipment can be displayed while as many as 100 attendees sit in a theatre-style arrangement viewing videos on three large screens. Each seat in the arena is equipped to accommodate laptops and other digital devices.
On the ground level of the arena, meeting attendees can get “hands on” with Great Plains’ innovative equipment, view upcoming meeting schedules on two large kiosks, or attend a meal with 100 other attendees in the company’s multi-purpose room.
“This facility is an example of our company’s commitment to training our dealers’ service and sales staffs. We truly value our many excellent Great Plains Dealers across the country,” Great Plains President Roy Applequist said.
Founded in 1976 by President and Owner Roy Applequist, Great Plains Manufacturing employs 1,300 people in eight Central Kansas communities and Sleaford, England. In addition to its domestic ag equipment division, which manufactures seedbed preparation, nutrient placement, and seeding equipment, Great Plains Manufacturing also includes Great Plains International, Great Plains Trucking, Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, and its Land Pride Division that manufactures grounds maintenance tools such as mowers, tillers, rotary cutters, and snow removal equipment. The company is one of the largest and fastest growing family-owned “short line” implement companies in the United States.