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Conversations in Ag

Two Sides Examine 2-Step Distribution

Mark Tibbets of General Implement Distributors and Craig Harthoorn of H&S Manufacturing, sat down during the Equipment Marketing & Distribution Assn. fall meeting to discuss the 2-step distribution model, which has become less common in today’s marketplace. The two executives agree the best manufacturer-distributor relationships work because of honest communication, especially throughout competition and crises.
Mark Tibbets of General Implement Distributors and Craig Harthoorn of H&S Manufacturing, sat down during the Equipment Marketing & Distribution Assn. fall meeting to discuss the 2-step distribution model, which has become less common in today’s marketplace. The two executives agree the best manufacturer-distributor relationships work because of honest communication, especially throughout competition and crises.
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Conversations in Ag

33 Years Later: Lessons Learned Make Today’s Dealers Stronger

Former International Harvester (IH) executive/dealer Paul Wallem & Case IH North America vice president Scott Harris reflected on the IH and Case merger of 33 years ago and contrasted today’s ag cycle with the early 1980s during a sit-down at the Case IH Experience Center in Racine, Wis. The last time Wallem was in Racine 33 years ago, the ag economy was still reeling after a confluence of stacked-up woes precipitated by President Jimmy Carter’s Russian grain embargo, 22% interest rates, a 6-month IH labor strike and factory-pumping equipment inventories that took dealers 4 years to unload.
Former International Harvester (IH) executive/dealer Paul Wallem & Case IH North America vice president Scott Harris reflected on the IH and Case merger of 33 years ago and contrasted today’s ag cycle with the early 1980s during a sit-down at the Case IH Experience Center in Racine, Wis.
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Conversations in Ag

Farm Equipment editors sat down with individuals touching various aspects of agriculture — among them dealers, farmers, manufacturers, economists and consultants — to moderate conversations about the biggest issues impacting the farm equipment industry.
Farm Equipment editors first tackled the Conversations in Ag issue in the June 2018 edition of the magazine. This time around, the project took us across 7 states and 3 countries — covering a total of 15,333 miles — and paired 33 different individuals together to talk.
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2017 Equipment Dealers Assn. Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey

In early 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 11 key categories of dealership operations and support.

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Conversations in Ag

Farm Equipment editors sat down with individuals touching various aspects of agriculture — among them dealers, farmers, manufacturers, economists and consultants — to moderate conversations about the biggest issues impacting the farm equipment industry.

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