May 24th, 2016
Kubota Buys Great Plains Manufacturing for $430 Million
Japanese tractor company Kubota has announced a deal to purchase Salina, Kansas-based equipment-maker Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
Kubota will acquire 100 percent of Great Plains’ shares for a stock price of approximately US$430 million, subject to provisions in the agreement. The deal expands on a North American alliance Kubota had with Great Plains’ turf and landscape implement division Land Pride dating back to 2007.
“Through our Canadian marketing alliance, we’ve learned that Land Pride products are a great fit for our tractors, our dealers and our brand here in Canada. This acquisition will strengthen our ability to deliver high quality products to our customers and continue our strategic growth into new markets,” said Kubota Canada Ltd. President, Bob Hickey, in a news release on Friday.
The deal represents Kubota’s largest foray into the North American farm equipment market, following up on its acquisition of European ag manufacturer Kverneland ASA in 2012. The agreement includes all five Great Plains divisions (Great Plains Ag Division, Great Plains International, Land Pride, Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, and Great Plains Trucking) with multiple facilities in Kansas and a manufacturing plant in Sleaford, England.
April 1st, 2016 marked 40 years since Great Plains Manufacturing founder Roy Applequist started the company, building a new grain drill for the U.S. Central Plains. Applequist, who still serves as Great Plains’ chairman, will be part of the team guiding the transition with Kubota.
“My plan is to play a significant role in helping Great Plains become a vital part of the Kubota family,” said Applequist. “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.”
After building drills through the late ’70s and into the ’80s, introducing innovations in depth control and no-till planting, Great Plains Trucking was launched in 1983 to haul equipment across the country. Applequist started the turf-maintance and landscaping division – Land Pride – in 1986. Great Plains Acceptance Corp. was also created in 1991 to help dealers with low-rate financing. The company entered the tillage market in 2000, buying Kent Manufacturing, and later bought Simba International in England in 2010.
In total, Great Plains operates approximately 1.7 million square feet of factory and office space.
Kubota says for the foreseeable future, all five of Great Plains divisions “will continue to operate as they have with their infrastructure intact and with respect to the distinctiveness of the brands, trademarks and operational strengths.”
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May 15th 2016
(Kubota M7-171 being setup in High River May 24th,2016)
Kubota's largest Ag tractor has arrived! Alberta's first Kubota M7-171 (171 HP) has been delivered to High River Tractorland. Don't Compromise, Order your M7 today for end of year delivery!
April 22, 2016
Update: Used Inventory has been updated online! Check out our new listings for fantastic deals and call our Sales team today for details! We often have much more in stock than we could possibly list on our website so don't hesitate to call any of our sales staff to see how we can help!
APRIL 10TH, 2016
The Game Changer Has Arrived at Tractorland! Backed by the unrivaled performance of our well proven Kubota Diesel Engine and ease of maintenance like you have never seen before they are sure to impress! We have sold several units before they got off transport but more units are arriving daily! Stop by to your closest Tractorland location to check them out today! #GoOrange
Believe it or not It is officially spring at Tractorland! Check out http://www.kubota.ca/spring for what is sure to be the best Finance rates and cash deals of the season!
The US Exchange may be suffering but with production based primarily out of Japan and Germany pricing on our Kubota lineup is fantastic!
Stop in to your closest Tractorland location for details!
February 20th 2016
High River Tractorland Has Moved!!!
*** We are now located at 610 24th St. SE High River, Alberta. (Next to the High River Autoplex) ***
November 1st 2015
Tractorland is excited to announce we have now added the Versatile Ag line to our current line up which includes the Kubota and Vermeer Equipment lines. The addition will expand our offering of farm solutions with high horsepower 4WD's, Delta Tracks, Row-Crop tractors, Combines, High Clearance Self Propelled Sprayers, Air Drills, Carts and tillage tools including Offset and Tandem Discs.
Versatile, a division of Buhler Industries Inc. (TSX: BUI), is the only Canadian manufacturer of agricultural tractors.
The factory in Winnipeg, Manitoba covers almost 700,000 square feet with complete manufacturing and assembly capabilities and full research and development facilities. Versatile also has a rural 40-acre test site with a paved quarter-mile circuit and bump-track.
Currently we are offering the Versatile line with complete sales and service support out of our High River and Airdrie branches and we look forward to becoming a part of the history that is Versatile.