Association Looks at Risks in Industry
China’s heavy equipment industry is targeting the U.S., specifically the billions of dollars expected to be invested in our infrastructure.
Majors Respond to Dealer Legislation: CNH also saw risks to its new dealer contract and called the legislation “anti-consumer and anti-competitive market. . . This provision will reduce competition, adversely influence consumer pricing.”
Deere wrote: “If ultimately enacted, this (dealer purity) provision of the legislation would destroy the competitive lines aspect which actually John Deere customers currently benefit from.”
Who are they kidding? >>>
Great Group of Supplier Members in April Showcase
Manufacturers, here's who you'll see in the Supplier Showcase in Little Rock. It's an outstanding opportunity to form new partnerships and strengthen existing ones. >>>
Unverferth Changes Management Team
Unverferth Mfg. Co. recently announced a series of changes to its management team. The changes are part of an ongoing strategy to position the family-owned company for the future. >>>
AGCO Agrees to Buy Lely's Forage Business
AGCO reaches an agreement in principle to acquire the forage division of Lely Group. Lely’s forage lineup includes mowers, tedders, rakers, balers, loader wagons, and other grass equipment. >>>
Perdue's Confirmation Process Moving Again
The White House has submitted nomination paperwork for former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In his Senate ethics disclosure forms, Perdue stated that he would place his assets, which include part ownership of a grain merchandising company, into a blind trust. >>>
Long-Awaited End to WOTUS Arrives
President Trump signed an executive order recently to roll back rules enacted during the Obama administration that expanded the federal government’s jurisdictional scope under the Clean Waters Act. >>>
Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Boost Ethanol
Legislation introduced last week by Midwest lawmakers would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. The legislation, would increase market access opportunities for higher blends of ethanol. It would allow retailers across the nation to sell E15 and other higher-ethanol blends year-round. >>>
Factory CEOs: Jobs Exist, Skilled Applicants in Short Supply
White House staff challenged by the president to come up with a program to make sure the American worker is trained for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow.
Infrastructure Plan Will Favor States Most Prepared
Plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that would pressure states to streamline local permitting, favor renovation of existing roads and highways over new construction, and prioritize projects that can quickly begin construction.
“We’re not going to give the money to states unless they can prove that they can be ready, willing and able to start the project,” Trump said at a private meeting with aides and executives that news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal were invited to observe. “We don’t want to give them money if they’re all tied up for seven years with state bureaucracy.” >>>
Jury Awards $23 Million in Cattle Fraud Case
According to a Michigan State University study, cattle rustlers and horse thieves are a 21st-century reality. A recent $23.1 million jury award in a Texas courtroom is further evidence that the crime is real—and costly. >>>
Raid at CAT May Involve More Than Taxes
The federal government’s extraordinary decision to seek and execute search warrants at the Caterpillar Inc. global headquarters recently indicates company officials may not have been as forthcoming as previously claimed.
That’s the interpretation of former federal prosecutors who spoke generally about the pending criminal investigation but who do not have specific knowledge of the government’s case. >>>
Alamo Sees Increase in Ag Sales
President and CEO Ron Robinson said: “We were also pleased with the improved sales in our Agricultural Division, as they continue to outperform the overall weakness in this sector. This Division was also a major contributor to Alamo’s improved gross margins. >>>
ASABE to Revise Lighting/Marking
Lighting and Marking guide clarifies information in response to the June 2016 effective date for Lighting and Marking on Ag Equipment. >>>
Baker Wins Award, Earns Certification
Baker Industries, previously known as Baker 3D Solutions, recently received the 2017 Diversification Leader Award in an event hosted by the economic development organization of Macomb County, Michigan. >>>
H&S Appoints President
H&S Manufacturing in Marshfield, Wis., named Craig Harthoorn as its new president. He assumed the role in February.
In Memoriam: Clayton Yeutter
Ambassador and former Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter died March 4. He was 86. In the days since his death, he has been celebrated as a brilliant, accomplished leader and an extraordinarily generous man whose kindness and humility made politics and policymaking more tolerable. >>>
CLAAS of America has opened two full-service, long-line MirTech dealerships in Jonesboro, Ark., and Sikeston, Mo.
McCombie Group, a private investment firm, and SeamLev Investments, its financial partner, have acquired a majority interest in Atlantic Tractor, >>>
Happy Anniversary, and Welcome
Association member companies who joined in March represent a collective 250 years of commitment to this organization and an even greater commitment to the industry.
We thank these long-time members, and we welcome two companies who recently submitted membership applications. >>>
ETS Partners with 21st Century
Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) has announced that 21st Century Equipment will be the first SoilWarrior dealer in the United States. >>>
Do You Have a Legal Question?
Members who have used the Association benefit to consult attorneys for free tell us that a single phone call often saves them more than the cost of their membership dues. It also saves them worry. >>>
Member Companies Engage in Workforce Development
Two Association member companies have taken leadership roles in an Iowa initiative to prepare students for technical careers.
Representatives from Miller Products Co. and Salford Group in Osceola, Iowa, are members of >>>
Fastline Hires VP of Sales
Fastline Media Group has hired Pat Higgins to serve as vice president of sales. >>>
Kubota Revenues Dip
Kubota’s farm and industrial machinery segment reported a 5.1 percent decline compared to 2016. The Japanese company’s domestic sales revenue dropped by 7 percent. Its overseas revenue dipped by 4.6 percent. >>>