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Great Plains Mfg. Ltd.

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Great Plains Mfg. Inc. is a company that manufactures agricultural and landscaping equipment. Based in Salina, Kansas, USA, the company is one of the largest privately held manufacturers of agricultural equipment in the U.S.[1]

Great Plains Mfg. Inc. is comprised of four divisions: Great Plains—grain drills, tillage equipment, and sprayers; Land Pride—farm, landscaping, and turf implements; Great Plains Trucking—in-house trucking service with more than 55 trucks and 70 trailers to deliver products to North American dealers; and Great Plains Acceptance Corp. (GPAC)—financing.


[edit] History

[edit] In the Beginning

Great Plains Mfg. Inc. was founded on April 1, 1976 by Roy Applequist who has remained the company’s president since that time.

For two-and-a-half years after its establishment, Great Plains Mfg. was based in a small building in Salina, Kansas. During this period, the first prototype of a 30-foot (9.1-m) grain drill was built. By 1977 production of these grain drills had begun.

In 1979 the company was relocated to Assaria, Kansas.

[edit] Land Pride

In the mid-1980s a decision was made to expand Great Plains’ product line to include smaller tractor implements; these products would be offered under the name Land Pride. The new product line included finish mowers, rotary tillers, rotary cutters, landscape seeding equipment, and zero-turn mowers. To accommodate the additions to the product line, the company’s plant in Kipp, Kansas, opened a few years prior, was modified. The first Land Pride product was introduced in 1986.

As the Land Pride product line grew, Great Plains Mfg. opened additional facilities in Abilene, Kansas in 1989 and Lucas, Kansas in 1992. In 1996 Land Pride and Great Plains were split into two separate divisions.

[edit] Continued Growth

The late ‘90s marked the beginning of a period of expansion for the company within Kansas. In 1997 the company’s Abilene factory underwent a 38,500-square foot (3,577-m2) expansion.[2] The following year, Great Plains Mfg. opened a new research and development department in Salina.

The company’s growth didn’t slow with the beginning of the new millennium. In 2000 a plant in Tipton was acquired. The year 2001 saw the expansion of the company’s manufacturing facility in Lucas by 18,000 square feet (1,672 m2). A new plant was opened in 2003 in Enterprise. Two years later, the Abilene facility was expanded again, this time by 72,000 square feet (6,689 m2).[3]

In 2007, a year after Land Pride’s 20th anniversary, the division entered a strategic alliance with Kubota. This partnership involves the sale of Land Pride implements—rotary cutters, grooming mowers, rotary tillers, and rear blades, for example—with Kubota products such as loaders and backhoes.[4]

[edit] The Company Today

Great Plains Mfg. Ltd. is still headquartered in Salina, Kansas and maintains eight manufacturing plants in the state; combined, they cover approximately 750,000 square feet (69,677 m2).[5]

The company employs approximately 1,110 people, the majority of whom reside in central Kansas.

Great Plains Mfg. products are sold through a network of more than 2,000 independent dealers within the USA; its products are exported to various locations around the globe.[6]

While Roy Applequist remains president of Great Plains Mfg. as a whole, Rick Hanson is presides over the Great Plains division. Linda Salem is president of the Land Pride division, and Great Plains Trucking is run by Sherwin Fast.

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[edit] References

  1. Corporate Info. Official Great Plains Mfg. website. 05-01-2009.
  2. Corporate Info. Official Great Plains Mfg. website. 05-01-2009.
  3. Corporate Info. Official Great Plains Mfg. website. 05-01-2009.
  4. Kubota/Land Pride Strategic Alliance. Official Kubota website. 05-01-2009.
  5. History. Official Great Plains Mfg. website. 05-01-2009.
  6. History. Official Great Plains Mfg. website. 05-01-2009.