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AGCO Part Parts Distribution Center Near Kansas City, MO Now Full-Stocking

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AGCO executives and dealers celebrated the grand opening of AGCO Parts’ expanded Independence, Mo., parts distribution center which encompasses 900,000 square feet and now houses $100 million in parts inventory. From left to right, Hans Lehmann, vice president, AGCO Parts, NA; Brian Lang, Lang Diesel, Inc., Hays, Kan.; Bob Crain, vice president, general manager AGCO, NA; Steve Manzer, Manzer Equipment, Inc., Osmond, Neb. And Ron Regier, Regier Equipment Company, Madrid, Neb.

We announced the expansion of our current Kansas City, MO, AGCO Parts facility to a full-service parts distribution center (PDC). The facility (specifically, located in Independence, MO) covers 900,000 square feet and now includes $100 million of parts inventory, an increase of nearly 40 percent. To mark the official opening, more than 100 dealer representatives and customers toured the facility April 10 and 11 during Grand Opening activities.

Our effort to expand this center and increase our inventory is expected to improve order responsiveness, which means that parts deliveries that can arrive as much as two to three days faster than before. Changes implemented will result in faster delivery of in-stock parts and earlier delivery of emergency and priority shipments for nearly 90 percent of the dealers served by the Kansas City PDC. This is the third of our AGCO Parts PDC’s to be upgraded to a full-service facility in the last two years. Collectively, the upgrades offer significant benefits for customers to reduce shipping times, since now one-half (four of eight) of AGCO Parts’ North American PDC locations are full-stocking. These are just a few examples of our intensive efforts to improve parts availability.

“As growers continue to increase the size of their operations, the need to minimize downtime becomes increasingly important,” says Joe DiPietro, director, Supply Chain, AGCO Parts.

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Inventory in AGCO Parts’ Kansas City parts distribution center has been increased by nearly 40 percent which equates to approximately $100 million in total inventory and more than 98,000 different products or (stock keeping units/SKUs).

“Transitioning our Kansas City parts distribution center to a full-service location further illustrates AGCO’s commitment to support our dealers and their customers. This will provide faster service to our dealers and enhance their efforts to keep customers’ equipment in the field and performing at optimum levels. ”

With its central location at the crossroads of major Interstate systems, the Kansas City facility serves dealers in the Midwest, northern Plains and eastern Mountain regions which are all important markets for AGCO Parts. Parts for all product lines from tractors and combines to tillage and application equipment are stocked there, with shipments to dealers made daily.

Additional changes implemented by AGCO Parts across North America during the past three years that also are designed to improve customer experience include:
• an updated and reorganized inventory management system;
• increased dealers’ parts inventories
• revisions to online parts books, making it easier and faster to order the correct parts;
• PM360, a pro-active preventative maintenance program, designed to enhance machine uptime, resale value and operating efficiencies, as well as provide peace of mind and optimum machine productivity;
• extended customer service hours during planting, spraying and harvest seasons.

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For more information about AGCO Parts, our products, services and in-season promotions visit www.AGCOParts.com.

Challenger at Agritechnica 2011

Here we have Rene Van Driel, Product Marketing Manager, giving us a tour around the Challenger stand and its key products. While at Agritechnica, Challenger celebrated 25 years on tracks by launching the Python MT865C and also 50 years of spraying, with the new RoGator 600B. The Challenger stand attracted a lot of people at the event, all keen to see the new products on show.

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Challenger RG600B Sprayer walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Hubertus Von Dungern, Product Marketing Applications Manager, presents the new RoGator600B. This machine has been designed, developed and engineered to the highest standards, from its chassis to its spraying system. The RG600B is powered by the latest generation, economical AGCO SISU Power engines. The suspension system offers industry-leading features and the spacious cab provides exceptional operator comfort.

Challenger RG1396 Sprayer walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Here at Agritechnica, Frank Rombouts, Business Development Specialist, gives us a tour of the Challenger RoGator 1396. This machine features a drive package that allows you to match speed to field conditions more efficiently. The RG1396 is built to provide a working environment that will sustain the operator for long working periods. Technology and performance upgrades offer even more versatility to enhance performance. Overall, this is very reliable and efficient machine, for multi-season use.

Challenger TG845 TerraGator walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Thom Sanders, Product Specialist Applications, gives us a tour around the new TerraGator 845. This is the first 4-wheeled TerraGator on the market in Europe and offers a new integrated drive line, to offer the customer ultimate power and efficiency in fuel economy. This TG845 has an AGCO SISU Power engine with SCR technology. This machine has a brand new look, consisting of a smaller nose to give the operator a better view and a safer entrance with a large platform and bigger door. The TerraGator 845 is currently shown as a pilot machine, and will be going into production next year.