2 Deere dealer groups announce merger plan

Two Kansas based John Deere dealerships have announced plans to merge their operations.

PrairieLand Partners, Inc., based in Hutchinson, and Concordia Tractor, Inc., have announced the planned merger of their business operations to become the region’s premier supplier of agronomic solutions and equipment for agricultural, residential, and commercial customers, pending John Deere approval.

The new company, operating as PrairieLand Partners, LLC, will have 13 John Deere dealership locations throughout northcentral, central and southcentral Kansas. After the merger, PrairieLand Partners, LLC, will employ over 375 people and have John Deere market responsibilities in 37 counties. The merger expects to close early January 2019.

“The new company combines two successful, customer focused businesses into one that will have the scale and resources to best serve our customers well into the future,” said CTI General Manager Kyle Adams.

 “We believe this merger further solidifies our commitment to the agriculture industry and our local communities,” said Harley Adams, the CEO of CTI. “The new organization will enable us to continue to deliver the high level of service and solutions our customers expect in all of our market areas.”

“The merger aligns with John Deere’s strategy of dealership scale needed to meet the specialized and individual needs of our customers now and into the future,” said Darrell Pankratz, the CEO of PrairieLand Partners. “The core values of our two organizations align perfectly, as well as our mission of Delivering the Right Solution for our customers, employees, shareholders and key suppliers.”

PLP formed in 2008 when three successful John Deere dealerships in central and southern Kansas came together to prepare for future business challenges and opportunities. PLP has become the largest John Deere organization in southcentral Kansas with nine locations and is committed to providing growth, success and stability to employees and customers alike.

CTI celebrated 50 years of business in 2017. What started as a single location dealership in 1967 grew into four locations with John Deere market responsibility in 13 counties throughout northcentral Kansas. CTI’s objective is to enhance and improve customers’ business operations and raise their level of success.

PrairieLand Partners has dealerships in Andale, Anthony, Emporia, Hutchinson, Kingman, McPherson, Marion, Wichita and Winfield. CTI operates dealerships in Abilene, Clay Center, Concordia and Wamego.

More information on each company can be found at www.prairielandpartners.com and ctiks.com.