Updates related to previous post Construction Nearing Completion on Jackson, Minnesota Facility Expansion
Complete: Expansion of Assembly Line
Another milestone achieved – the newly expanded assembly line in Jackson, Minnesota, USA is complete and is gearing up for wheeled row crop tractor production. As part of the expansion plans announced in January this year, a new and longer assembly line was installed to accommodate both the current Challenger track tractors and the new Massey Ferguson and Challenger wheeled row crop tractors. With the new assembly line complete, production has transferred from the old line to the new one this month. In mid-December, the first pilot wheeled row crop tractor will be assembled on the new line.
During the assembly line construction, the engineering team was busy at work building the first wheeled row crop pilot unit by hand to ensure quality assembly practices on the new line. This pilot model, a Massey Ferguson 8600 Series tractor, is currently doing tillage work at the proofing grounds for quality testing. And I’m happy to report it is passing all the tests with flying colors.
Check out this video of the construction progress starting with the ground breaking in April leading up to the assembly line completion.
Next Up: New Welcome Center
The next milestone of the AGCO Jackson facility expansion is the visitor’s center – the place where innovation meets productivity. Scheduled to be finished in Spring 2012, this will be your first stop when you visit the upgraded facility where you will experience agricultural innovation first-hand.
We will announce the grand opening details as well as start accepting tour reservations in early Spring. Stay tuned.
You can stay up to date on the construction status 24/7 by visiting our live video feed streaming now.
Keep in touch with us – bookmark http://jackson.agcocorp.com today.
Once complete, when would you like to visit the new Jackson facility?
North America’s custom applicators put in longer hours than the sun as they ensure pinpoint delivery of nutrients and protectants to crops on millions of acres of farm fields across thousands of farms.
Through its ongoing Operator of the Year program, AGCO is making sure the best of the best custom applicators get the recognition they deserve for helping North America’s farmers provide the food, fuel and fiber this world needs. Candidates for AGCO Operator the Year exemplify the honor, service and commitment that people have long associated with agriculture and those who live and love this industry. Candidates for AGCO Operator of the Year consistently showcase outstanding customer service, routinely perform the highest quality work and deliver unmatched dedication to your fields. Who do you know that fits this description?
Contact your agri-retailer before Oct. 15 and explain why the custom applicator who services your fields deserves the title Operator of the Year and they can submit a nomination on your behalf. Keep in mind that while the online submission form is easy the more detail provided the better chance your applicator has of winning.
From the nominations, four finalists will be invited to join AGCO as honorary guests at the 2011 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo Nov. 29–Dec. 1, in Boca Raton, Fla. During the conference, the winner of Operator of the Year will be awarded a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
We can’t reward these tireless workers without your help. It’s more important than ever to encourage your agri-retailer to submit those applications early.
We strive to make the machines in the AGCO Application Equipment Division the finest in the industry — engineered from the ground up for precision, dependability and reliability. But no matter how good the equipment, there is something to be said for the makeup of the person behind the wheel. We’d like to hear what you have to say.
Help the best in the business reward the best in the business. Hurry; the deadline to nominate is Oct. 15.
From the powerful Massey Ferguson HD Loader to the luxurious Fendt 800 Series, the 2011 Fast Forward AGCO North America Launch had much to reveal to dealers this year. We hit the red carpet to get reactions. Here is what we heard…
Are you excited to see these products first-hand at the fall farm shows? Which ones will you be attending?
Have you ever noticed how true winners seem to find each other and join forces to make things happen? This has been the case for two truly innovative products in Canada – the RoGator® and BASF’s HEAT® herbicide.
Our top-of-the-line self-propelled sprayer and BASF’s innovative new herbicide are enjoying a co-promotion across the western part of Canada. BASF is featuring the RoGator in all of its print advertising, positioning our machine as the applicator of choice for use when applying HEAT herbicide, which features a unique class of chemistry designed for burndown of targeted weeds and grasses for pre-seed and chemfallow applications.
In the first quarter of 2011, BASF held a contest across western Canada in which growers signed up in record numbers to win a one-year lease on a RoGator 1194 self-propelled sprayer and a case of HEAT herbicide.
The prize winner was chosen in April: Gordie Mueller of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, who manages a 3,500-acre farming operation that grows canola, peas, wheat, oats, barley and lentils. As the winner, Mueller gets to use a 1194 Self-Propelled RoGator for one year or 200 hours – whichever comes first, in addition to winning enough BASF HEAT herbicide and MERGE® to treat 640 acres. The total value of the prize is more than $54,000.
Upon winning, Mueller said the prize was a “pretty big shock!” He even added that he was intending to switch to a high-clearance sprayer next year, so this win was an absolutely perfect fit for him.
The RoGator is a common sight across the prairies of Canada, providing application of a wide variety of fertilizers and crop-protection products for wheat, canola and other crops common to that country. With large tracts of land to cover – often when racing the clock to make timely applications in a short timeframe – the RoGator is a natural choice for Canadian farmers and professional applicators alike.
Paired together, the RoGator and HEAT herbicide are simply unbeatable. Check out http://www.applylikeapro.com/AboutUs/Testimonials/ to see what customers are saying about the RoGator and www.agsolutions.ca/heat on BASF’s HEAT Herbicide.
Be on the look out for our next co-promotion. In the meantime – what are some of the winning combinations you’ve put together with your AGCO machines?
Challenger’s history is rooted in the legendary track technology of Caterpillar, but has since been extended to incorporate wheeled tractors, combine harvesters, balers and application machinery, which has its own deep-rooted history. Over the years the Challenger brand has developed and grown, going from strength to strength. We’ve written about the history of Challenger Track Tractors on the blog before, now take a look at a video recount of Challenger’s history:
What was your favorite fact about Challenger? Did you learn something new?