on Monday, May 14, 2018
AgriWestern Dealer Group expands Alberta footprint
May 11, 2018, Saskatoon
AgriWestern Dealer Group (AWDG) is pleased to announce its expanded reach into the western Canadian farm equipment market through its acquisition of Deermart Equipment Sales Ltd. (Deermart) in Red Deer, Alberta. The Deermart acquisition brings the number of AWDG-owned John Deere dealership locations to 11,including six current locations in Saskatchewan under the Western Sales brand and four current locations in Alberta, under the Western Tractor brand.
“We are strongly aligned with Deermart through our collective customer service philosophy and we will continue to find new opportunities to leverage the collective strengths of all three dealer groups,” said AWDG Chairman and President Grant McGrath.
“We will continue to maintain a level of local ownership in all of our dealerships, including Deermart, to ensure we empower front-line people to make sound decisions for our customers and keep our decision makers closely connected to our customers.”
“There are significant advantages to having a highly aligned group of dealerships that can collectively invest in, and leverage the talent, facilities, technology and infrastructure that our dealer network provides. We are in a strong position to look after our customers for generations to come,” stated AWDG CEO Corey Leonard.
In addition to maintaining a high level of whole good equipment and parts inventories, dealerships of tomorrow require larger facilities and more specialized equipment to service today’s farm equipment. AWDG will continue to invest heavily, building on the over $50M it has invested in new facilities in the last five years. “AWDG will continue to look at more strategic investment opportunities in the farm equipment industry”, McGrath added.
ABOUT AGRIWESTERN DEALER GROUP LTD.
AgriWestern Dealer Group Ltd., headquartered in Saskatoon, currently owns and operates three John Deere dealership groups: Western Sales in west-central Saskatchewan, Western Tractor in southeast Alberta, and now Deermart in Red Deer, Alberta. In total, AWDG operates 11 locations in western Canada, selling primarily John Deere agricultural equipment and services, but including Valley brand irrigation equipment, Bourgault, Brandt, Morris and Seedmaster implements at various locations, and
FieldSmart precision agriculture services. AWDG continues to pursue investments in the agricultural equipment business, and other investments related to agriculture. Grant McGrath is the founder, Chairman and President of AWDG, and Corey Leonard is its Chief Executive Officer. Both Corey and Grant leverage their decades of experience in the agricultural equipment industry to ensure the continuing growth of each dealership group, and of AWDG as a whole.