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Vermeer Brings Innovation to Products & Management Style

Now with the third generation in leadership roles, Vermeer Corp. carries on founder Gary Vermeer’s passion for continuous improvement.
Vermeer Corp.’s history of product development has impacted two different industries. In agriculture, it literally revolutionized hay production with the introduction of the first large round baler, the product for which it’s most widely known.
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[Podcast] Our Dealer Story: Vanderloop Equipment

In the episode of the <em>Farm Equipment</em> podcast, “Our Dealer Story” brought to you by HBS Systems, Editor Kim Schmidt sits with Robb Vanderloop, co-owner of Vanderloop Equipment, a 3-location AGCO dealership based in Brillion, Wisconsin.
In the episode of the Farm Equipment podcast, “Our Dealer Story” brought to you by HBS Systems, Editor Kim Schmidt sits with Robb Vanderloop, co-owner of Vanderloop Equipment, a 3-location AGCO dealership based in Brillion, Wis.
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Conversations with Ag Equipment's Entrepreneurs

Working Well Together: Thurston Manufacturing

Layton, Ryan and Nick Jensen run a company with three individual brands: Blu-Jet, Simonsen Iron Works and ChuckWagon. Father-son duo Layton and Nick Jensen discuss how they’ve managed to do that well over the years, and how they continue to, in Thurston, Neb.
Layton, Ryan and Nick Jensen run a company with three individual brands: Blu-Jet, Simonsen Iron Works and ChuckWagon. Father-son duo Layton and Nick Jensen discuss how they’ve managed to do that well over the years, and how they continue to, in Thurston, Neb.
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How Gregg Sauder Built 360 Yield Center 1 Step at a Time

The following is the full interview between <em>Farm Equipment</em> editor Mike Lessiter and Gregg Sauder &ndash; the founder of two revolutionary ag technology companies, Precision Planting which was launched in the early 1990s and later sold to Monsanto, and his current venture, 360 Yield Center.
The following is the full interview between Farm Equipment editor Mike Lessiter and Gregg Sauder – the founder of two revolutionary ag technology companies, Precision Planting which was launched in the early 1990s and later sold to Monsanto, and his current venture, 360 Yield Center.
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Conversations with Ag Equipment's Entrepreneurs

German Manufacturer Krone Prioritizes Quality Control With Growth

Krone shares on the Spelle, Germany, based international manufacturer's 112-year history, including its decision to focus on forage
For Bernard Krone, fourth generation owner and CEO of Krone Company, keeping the company tidy and in the family has paid off in continued success for a company that has been filled with moving parts throughout the years — from agricultural machines to commercial vehicles. Focusing solely on hay and forage equipment today, its North American operations are based out of Memphis.
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Conversations with Ag Equipment's Entrepreneurs

Kinze's Jon Kinzenbaw and Susie Kinzenbaw Veatch

A candid conversation about how Kinze Manufacturing was built from nearly nothing into a manufacturer known for its pioneering work in grain carts and then planters
For Susie Veatch and her father Jon Kinzenbaw, the move from local repair shop to global manufacturer has been a rewarding learning experience — but not one without its challenges, including the John Deere lawsuit that could have squeezed them out of the planter business.
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3 Homework Questions: Case Study 4

We often encourage family business members to identify their “guiding principles” — the key elements of their philosophy and business strategy that create the culture of the organization. A few to consider are below, and I've offered an alternative perspective for each one to help push your thinking.


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