CLAAS of America will open two new full service dealerships in Sask-atchewan now that Kramer Ltd. has decided to leave the agricultural equipment business.
One of the dealerships will be a new retail location at Tingley’s Harvest Centre in North Battleford.
The other will be in the Regina area, where CLAAS already operates a parts and logistics centre and a training academy.
Kramer will continue to service CLAAS equipment until the two dealers are ready for business.
A CLAAS spokesperson said Tingley’s, which has dealerships in Lloydminster and Vegreville, Alta., has secured a temporary location in North Battleford and will open the middle of June. The new facility will be built and open in about a year.
It will offer Lexion combines, Jaguar forage harvesters, the Xerion tractor and CLAAS balers and hay equipment.
The CLAAS-owned location has not yet been determined.
“We are exploring a few different options for our building, but intend to make a decision soon with plans to be up and operational by fall harvest,” said marketing co-ordinator John Schofield.
He said another dealership is in the works but could not comment further.
CLAAS had already been planning to expand its western Canadian presence.
Kramer announced this spring in its in-house magazine that after 15 years it had decided to get out of the agricultural equipment business.
“A strategic review of Kramer Ltd.’s entire business portfolio has prompted us to exit the ag-specific product lines we represent,” said the spring issue of Kramer News.
“After 2015, Kramer Ltd. will no longer distribute Lexion combines, Challenger tractors, RoGator and TerraGator application equipment and Bourgault seeding and tillage equipment through our dealership network.”
The company did not return calls for further comment.
Its magazine notice said a project team would ensure an “orderly and efficient exit.”
Kramer will continue to offer Caterpillar loaders and trucks.
CLAAS said Kramer’s decision was a bit of a surprise, but officials approached CLAAS early on to minimize disruption.