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AG-WEST DISTRIBUTING ACQUIRED BY HEARTLAND AG SYSTEMS
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Heartland AG Systems announces the purchase of Ag-West Distributing, headquartered in Burley, Idaho. The acquisition includes Ag-West's stores in Idaho, Montana and Washington, with coverage also including the states of Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Oregon. With this expansion, Heartland AG Systems' territory now stretches from Michigan to the Pacific Northwest and from North Dakota to Missouri and features row, cereal and specialty crops.

"Our company continues to focus on growth strategies that complement our strengths and leverage our commitment to the application business," said Arnie Sinclair, President of Heartland AG Systems.

"The acquisition of Ag-West and their expertise in the Pacific Northwest offers an excellent opportunity to improve our commitment to our customers. We look forward to providing our full portfolio of application equipment, services and our own manufactured support products to the forward-thinking retailers and growers in our newly-expanded 16-state geography. Our growing team of industry-leading application experts are ready to serve all our customers and meet all of their application needs," said Sinclair.

Formed through the merger of two large application equipment distributors in 2019, Heartland AG Systems offers a comprehensive product line-up to their customers. The company markets the full Case IH commercial application equipment line, including Patriot Series sprayers, Titan Series Floaters and the Trident Combination Applicator; as well as the RBR self-propelled applicators, New Leader G5000 Series applicators and manufacturers a complete line of application support products, including MT series tenders, pull-type spreaders, liquid trailers and liquid fertilizer applicators under the Heartland AG Systems Equipment brand.

"We are excited about the commitment Heartland AG Systems has for the application business," said Don Knopp, co-founder of Ag-West Distributing.

Knopp continues, "We know Heartland is focused on this segment, and will make certain our customers and employees are well taken care of during the transition and on a go-forward basis. The familiarity our organizations had from working together over the years, each as Case IH application distributors, gave us a keen understanding for how this acquisition could benefit our customers." Knopp will remain with the new organization as the Northwest Regional Manager and a key member of the management team.

Ag-West Distributing will be integrated into the broader Heartland AG Systems organization, and operate under the Heartland AG Systems name. Sinclair stressed there is an organization-wide focus toward continuity for customers as the spring season approaches. "In this business, it's vital to have responsive parts and service during application season to provide our customers with the best opportunity to cover as many acres as possible. We will partner closely with the Ag-West team and current customers to ensure service and support exceeds expectations."


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