Deere to take MacDon windrowers global

Farm equipment maker MacDon Industries will be the manufacturer for several lines of self-propelled windrowers and mower conditioners to be sold worldwide under John Deere paint.

U.S.-based ag and heavy equipment giant Deere and Co. announced a "strategic agreement" Friday with Winnipeg-based MacDon, allowing Deere to expand its hay and forage product portfolio globally.

More details about the availability of products coming out of this agreement will be announced later this summer, the two companies said in a release.

"After an in-depth evaluation of the global commercial hay and small grains industries, we determined that specific MacDon self-propelled windrower products would most effectively enable us to serve our customers and expand our overall product lineup," William Norton, Deere’s vice-president for hay and forage equipment, said in the same release.

The deal, he said, will allow Deere to expand its product line and "better serve our dairy, livestock, commercial hay, and small grains customers."

The deal calls for MacDon to manufacture select models of John Deere-branded self-propelled windrowers, including draper and auger headers, and pull-type auger mower conditioners.

John Deere will also continue to manufacture select models of its own, the company said.

"Logical step"

The entire windrower product lineup will also be "fully supported by the John Deere dealer channel," Derek Boudreau, Deere’s global director for baling and mowing equipment, said in the same release.

The product line will also be integrated fully into the company’s sales, service and parts processes, he said.

Allan MacDonald, CEO of family-owned MacDon, described the agreement as "a very logical step in a relationship that goes back over 30 years."

MacDon — which began in 1949 as ag equipment maker Killbery Industries before it was bought by the MacDonald family in 1971 — maintains a major manufacturing plant in Winnipeg as well as facilities in the U.S., Australia and Russia. It has a network of over 700 dealers in those countries and Canada, and distributes to over 30 other countries.

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