Archive for December, 2010

50-Year Production of Massey Ferguson at Beauvais Plant

AGCO’s Beauvais facility in France just celebrated their 50th Anniversary recently.

“A powerhouse of European farm machinery manufacture and design, AGCO’s Beauvais facility in France is celebrating fifty years of Massey Ferguson tractor production at the site, and gearing up for yet further expansion into the next half century.

Employing 2,200 people, the 25ha Beauvais site boasts impressive credentials. It is AGCO’s biggest tractor plant in Europe, the largest tractor manufacturer in France and the country’s top exporter of farm machinery, shipping 85% of production to more than 140 countries. Over 820,000 Massey Ferguson tractors have been built here since the site opened for business on 22 November 1960.

“We are moving ahead strongly at Beauvais,” comments Richard Markwell, Massey Ferguson Vice-President and Managing Director Europe, Africa and Middle East and Président Directeur Général, AGCO S.A. “With 65 million Euros invested at the plant in the last five years alone, further substantial sums are earmarked for still more significant developments in 2011.”

The Beauvais plant is at the forefront of Massey Ferguson’s success, responsible for the design and production of the latest MF 5400, MF 6400, MF 7400 and MF 8600 tractor ranges from 82-370hp. These machines have won a string of top awards including Tractor of the Year four times, a Golden Tractor Design Award and a host of prizes for technical innovation.

“Beauvais is the home of Massey Ferguson tractors in Europe and we are very proud to be celebrating 50 years’ successful operation at the site,” says Richard Markwell. “As farm machinery markets recover from the global recession, we are fully-geared up to meet growing demand, and looking forward to a great future ahead.”” Source: Massey Ferguson – 50-year production landmark at Beauvais plant

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Kayla’s Farm Life Lesson #11 Best Gifts

You probably remember AGCO’s Blog Contest winner, Kayla Ferris. Her “farm life lessons” resonated with so many people and since her blog entry was so popular, we asked her to guest blog for us occasionally. Below is her next life lesson from the farm, which is perfect during this season of gift giving.

Farmers are notorious for seeing beauty in small things. Not many people would see much looking at a big field of dirt and a little bitty seed. But a farmer can take that small seed and empty field of dirt and see a bountiful harvest waiting to be planted. I hope you enjoy Kalya’s farm life lesson #11 and come back to hear more from her in the future.

Farm Life Lesson #11: The Best Gifts are Beyond Price

Never will there be another woman quite as strong or as sweet as my Great Grandma Pope. She raised 6 children, and did so during some tough times. My own memories of her are scattered bits and pieces. Some of the stories were simply ones told to me. Like the way she made clothes for her family, and then used the scraps to make quilts. Or how she told my mother to read us nursery rhymes because it would make us smart.

But my favorite memory of Grandma Pope was of a Christmas a long time ago. I was probably around 8 years old. Grandma was much older. She was no longer able to drive herself, which made it difficult to buy Christmas presents for everyone. Instead, she found items around her house to give away. It was always a surprise to see what she came up with. One of my cousins once got a pair of her panty hose!

On this particular Christmas, after the presents had been opened and everyone was cleaning up, she asked me to come with her into the other room. Once there, she put her hand into her pocket and mentioned that she had something a little extra she wanted me to have. She opened her hand and sitting inside was a small ring. My eyes opened wide. To the average person, it was a piece of tarnished metal, with an old and faded gemstone setting. To me, it was so much more.

To this day, I have no idea why she pulled me aside. I do know this. That Christmas, she gave me the most precious gift I have ever received. With a small, old ring, she made this little girl feel special…cherished…even beautiful. Those are gifts I will carry with me my entire life. Try putting a price tag on that.

Read Kayla’s Life Lesson #7, #14 and #10.

What are some of the small things you find beauty in?

Vote Now for your Favorite Holiday Farm Photo

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo for AGCO’s 2nd Annual “Deck the Farm” Holiday Photo Contest. We received some really amazing entries this year. We took care of the hard part picking the top 15 photos, but now it is up to you.
Your votes on the photos will help us decide who is the Grand Prize winner and the top 10 finalists. The winner will receive an AGCO branded Flip camera and the 10 finalists will get a $25 iTunes gift card.
So, go check out the photos and tell us which one is your favorite. Invite your friends to join in on the fun, too! Because nothing says Christmas like a TerraGator decked in Christmas lights, a snowy farm scene, or an old Gleaner complete with a decorated Christmas tree!
While you are surfing for last minute Christmas presents online, avoiding the cold weather and sipping on some hot chocolate (much like I will be doing tonight), make sure you stop by the AGCO Facebook page and vote for your favorite “decked” farm photo. Happy voting!

Who is your pick for best holiday farm photo?

Shell Service Award 2011

All three national winners, six regional winners and one of the two international winners of the 2011 Shell Service Award were Fendt dealerships. One hundred sixteen agricultural machinery dealers applied for this European agricultural machinery service award.

For the national winner Johannes Vlach, sales manager and owner of Marep. This award is not only about great recognition, but also incentive. “The award helps us to prove ourselves to the manufacturers and the customers as well. It allows us to show what we are capable of achieving,” he said. The third national winner applied for the Shell Service Award for the first time eight years ago. “At the beginning we were classified under “also-ran”. But we improved each year. First we were runner up, then regional winner, and now national winner. And the company has grown along with the awards”, said Richard Roth, Managing Director of the Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG, Wolfskehlen-Riedstadt.

This is the ninth year that the editors of Agrartechnik magazine and Shell Deutschland Schmierstoff GmbH have awarded the Shell Service Award. To enter the competition, the candidates had to answer 450 questions, which focus on the services offered, proximity to customers and expert knowledge. The award is the only agricultural machinery dealer award in Europe that is entirely independent of the manufacturers and is therefore an important quality standard for dealers. Congratulations to all the winners!

Do you have a great dealer who supports you with great service and technical knowledge? If so, comment on them here to give them some well-deserved recognition.

Find a Fendt dealer near you.

Last Day to Enter AGCO’s Holiday Photo Contest

Have you entered your “decked out farm” photo into AGCO’s 2nd Annual Holiday Photo Contest? Perhaps you have been waiting to prepare the best shot possible so you can win the Flip camera (which would make an awesome Christmas present or could record Christmas with your family), well wait no more!
Today is the last day to enter your photo. Send us your Challenger wrapped in lights, a Fendt decked with bows, a Massey in a manger scene, a Valtra being driven by Santa, whatever you have done to decorate your farm and farm equipment for the holidays!
We will put the top 15 photos into an album to be voted on next week. The top 10 finalists will win a $25 iTunes gift card and the winner will receive an AGCO Flip video camera. Enter your photo by 5pm EST today and make sure to come back next week to see if you are in the top 15 and invite all your friends to come vote for you.
Happy decking-decorating-jingle bell’ing-Ho Ho Ho-ing!

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