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Inaugural Farm Equipment Hall of Fame Class of 2024: Paul Wallem, Wallem International & Central Sands International

Wallem International, Belvidere, Ill, & Central Sands International, Plainfield, Wis. Operated from 1970-1987 Primary Lines: International Harvester, Zimmatic, Steiger, Butler Locations: 2
Paul Wallem is a unique selection in Farm Equipment’s Hall of Fame for several reasons. He’s the oldest living dealer selected at age 89, has been out of the dealer business for nearly 40 years and well, his business didn't survive the disastrous 1980s.
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Inaugural Farm Equipment Hall of Fame Class of 2024: Orhan Yirmibesh, 1914-1999

Badger Farm Store, Clinton & Avalon, Wis. Primary Lines: Oliver, White, New Idea, Massey Ferguson Locations: 2
According to Clinton historian Tom Larsen, Orhan Yirmibesh was an Istanbul native who attended an all-male Turkish boarding school since age 8 and graduated from American Robert College. In 1936, he arrived at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a graduate degree in economics.
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Trying to Get ‘Lift Off’

Lessiter Media’s first 12 months with Farm Equipment were trying, but perseverance, planning & a serendipitous visit from a former mentor changed its fate
Despite the honeymoon period following our statement-making first issue, the rest of 2004 proved challenging.
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‘A Casualty’ of the Fed’s Prosecution of Leon Walterman

15 years after the unraveling of Walterman Implement, Farm Equipment interviews former Illinois dealer Lee Prunty who was sentenced as part of the landmark suit.
In late 2021, 10 years after its in-depth coverage of the 2005 unraveling of Walterman Implement’s (WI) infamous combine roll, bankruptcy and fraud mess left in Dike, Iowa, Farm Equipment reached out to dealers close to the WI situation in the early 2000s. More than one indicated they didn’t know whether what Lee Prunty, president/CEO of Walker-Schork International (WSI) initially got caught up in with Leon Walterman and WI was illegal — or ignorant.
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Leo Johnson Joins Machinery Advisors

Fellow dealers and manufacturers know Leo Johnson's expertise in growing existing businesses, recognizing opportunities, and building value at the retail level to serve farmers, small contractors, and rural lifestylers.

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