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Deere and Case IH Dealers Compete in Janesville

In mid-April, Chris Frodel, Mid-State Equipment (John Deere) drove over from her store to meet in the conference room at Johnson Tractor (Case IH), Leo Johnson’s store. The length of Frodel’s drive on Highway 14 was a full 4 minutes. That’s how close these two dealerships are in the rich agricultural region of Janesville, Wis. Both are second-generation dealers with siblings as partners (Chris runs the business with her brother Bryan and father Curt Hanson, while Leo does the same with brother Eric) and steadily collected additional stores from small-operation origins. Frodel (44) and Johnson (62) also found a lot of similarities and values in their businesses as they dug in for a candid discussion and what the future may look like.
In mid-April, Chris Frodel, Mid-State Equipment (John Deere) drove over from her store to meet in the conference room at Johnson Tractor (Case IH), Leo Johnson’s store. The length of Frodel’s drive on Highway 14 was a full 4 minutes. That’s how close these two dealerships are in the rich agricultural region of Janesville, Wis.
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Stoltz Sales Invests in 'Shop of Dreams'

Just celebrating its first birthday, the 18,000 square foot shop at this Ontario dealer — one that hangs its hat on the aftermarket business — brought new service orders out of the woodwork.
In the very early years of the 35-year-old Stoltz Sales & Service (a three-store Ontario dealer group) General Manager Marlin Stoltz and his brothers who founded the business saw that parts and service was where all the margin exists.
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Business of Selling: Sales Responsibilities

Once the sales department culture is set in motion and the sales department philosophy has been established and agreed upon, the next step in managing the wholegoods department is identifying and embracing the responsibilities of both the sales manager and the wholegoods sales personnel.
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