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Howse Implement Selling Intellectual Property, Parts at Online Auction

The company previously auctioned off major machines and closed Dec. 22 after 52 years in business.
The recession in 2008, subsequent drought and a host of other factors, including bank rejection of restructuring plans, led to Howse Implement Co. ceasing production on Dec. 22, 2106 after 52 years in the business.
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2016 Equipment Dealers Assn. Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey

Dealers ‘Grade’ Their Equipment Suppliers

EDA’s 2016 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey rates equipment manufacturers on 12 categories of dealership operations and support.
In June, the Equipment Dealers Assn. (EDA) released the results of its annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. Through this study, equipment dealers rated the companies whose products they represent on 12 key categories of dealership operations and support.
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Shortline Dealer Finds Success with Many Lines

Brand diversity allows Flaman Ag to negotiate with suppliers and meet customers needs as a shortline dealer.
Brand diversity allows Flaman Ag to negotiate with suppliers and meet its customers needs. The dealership group carries 59 different product categories from 46 different suppliers, with grain handling, storage and drying equipment as their primary product areas. “We’re constantly looking for new things, and every year or two we’ll take on a new line or the odd thing will drop off,” Flaman says.
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Dealership Minds: Cultivating Supplier Relationships to Build Customer Loyalty

“I miss cotton,” says Larry Sitzman. “We really enjoyed serving the cotton industry for a lot of years.” But today, cotton, which was once called “white gold,” has become insignificant in California’s Central Valley, one of the most diverse agricultural regions in the U.S., if not the world. Kern Machinery, where Sitzman is the general sales manager, hasn’t sold a cotton picker in more than 10 years.
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RDO Equipment's Structure for Shortlines

RDO Equipment Co. recognized greater opportunities in shortlines and put dedicated resources on the job to manage decision-making across this 28-store farm equipment dealer group.
Lee Rogness, the dealer-principal of Interstate Inc. (Fergus Falls, Minn.) before selling to RDO Equipment Co. in 2008, knows the power of shortlines. His business “survived on shortlines” during transitions between majors in the tumultuous 1980s, before Interstate inked a contract with John Deere. “We lived on shortlines,” he recalls. “And then we took on Deere and we made money on both and had good market share.”
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Creating a Full Line Offering Through Shortline Machinery

AgPro Equipment Service in Hettinger, N.D., has found success selling farm equipment without a major line.
AgPro Equipment Service in Hettinger, N.D., has found success selling farm equipment without a major line. Owner Jeff Hallen opened the dealership in 2013 after spending 6 years with RDO Equipment, one of John Deere's largest ag equipment dealers.
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Business of Selling: Looking Back & Going Forward

While last month’s column focused on some of the ups and downs that afflicted the agricultural equipment industry over the past 40 years, this column will take a look at what one can expect over the next several years. But first, it should be apparent after reading the previous column, that one of the primary drivers for the demise of manufacturers during the aforementioned time period was their feckless hiring of top management that were either devoid of pertinent and relevant experience, or their background was from the financial side of the business. Concerning the latter, when that is the case, management will generally save themselves into bankruptcy rather than marketing themselves into prosperity.
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