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February 16, 2014

Oldest to newest: Winamac John Deere dealership merging

Oldest U.S. John Deere dealership merging to become newest

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He said the last five to six years have treated Gilsinger Implement well — the business has ridden growth in the larger agricultural sector and its newest two dealership, the Plymouth and Warsaw locations acquired in 2003, have prospered.

The latest move is a merger similar to what took place between Green Power of Logasport, Jackson-Lee-Pearson of Flora and Frankfort and Harper Implement of Swayzee in 2011. That year, the three dealerships merged to become Tri-Green Tractor.

“We were looking at trends in agriculture — larger farms, fewer farmers, larger equipment,” Gilsinger said.

With those trends came the dealership’s need for parts and service specialists and a greater stock of used inventory.

“Some of those things you can do with scale that it’s harder to do on your own,” Gilsinger said.

The Gilsinger Implement locations employ over 100 people, and 70 percent to 80 percent of those work in parts and service. Gilsinger anticipated additional training for some of the service technicians and expected techs also to start consulting with others now part of the GreenMark business who had formerly worked on machines for either Howard and Sons or Fillmore Equipment.

Howard and Sons employs 35 workers, according to Ryan Howard.

Both Howard and Gilsinger said the number of employees at their locations won’t decrease as a result of the merger.

Gilsinger, however, was reluctant to rule out further growth, saying whether another dealership would open or be purchased was “to be determined.”

Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME

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