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Kubota Acquires Great Plains
Kubota Corporation announced Friday, May 13, that it is purchasing Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. As of now, each company will keep operating as usual, without any branding or product changes.
This partnership isn’t completely out of the blue, as Kubota has worked with one of the the Great Plains divisions, Land Pride, since 2007. “I’ve worked collaboratively with Kubota for over 10 years, which has allowed us to create a foundation for a strong working relationship that we will continue to build as we move forward,” says Great Plains Manufacturing president Linda Salem.
Recently, Kubota USA announced that its distribution center would be located in Egerton, Kansas, conveniently in the same state that Great Plains calls home. Great Plains is headquartered in Salina, Kansas, and the company operates out of eight different Kansas communities. The Great Plains facility in Sleaford, England, is also included in the acquisition.
“We intend to respect the distinctiveness of the brands, trademarks, and operational strengths. Doing so will allow employees, dealers, and customers to do business with the same great companies they have come to know and trust,” says Todd Stucke, senior vice president of sales, marketing, and product support for Kubota.
All five divisions of Great Plains – Great Plains Ag, Land Pride, Great Plains International, Great Plains Trucking, and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation – will continue operating with their current infrastructures until further notice.
“Once final, this acquisition is going to lead to great advancements for both businesses without being a significant change for our people,” Stucke says.
Great Plains founder and chairman Roy Applequist will continue to serve on the leadership team to help the two companies come together. In a press release, he highlighted his plan to play a crucial role in helping Great Plains become a “vital part of the Kubota family.”
“Great Plains’ leadership position in the agricultural implement business has been earned by striving to do our best in satisfying our customers’ needs, and we are confident that teaming up with Kubota will allow us to continue to uphold this tradition,” Applequist says.