AGCO has been recognized as a 2011 Champion of Learning by the American Society of Training and Development during Employee Learning Week. Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, is recognizing the contributions of professionals who make the state’s highly skilled workforce a reality and declared December 5‐9, 2011 as Employee Learning Week in the state of Georgia. Employee Learning Week is the time dedicated annually to recognize organizations that are committed to learning. The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development coordinated the observance as part of its efforts to promote awareness of workplace learning and performance.
“Businesses and organizations that are committed to creating a highly skilled workforce recognize the competitive advantage of employee education as skilled employees improve performance and productivity,” according to the proclamation signed by Governor Deal. “Continued employee learning develops individual and organizational knowledge and expertise.”
In 2011, AGCO invested more than $1MM to build the AGCO Global Learning Center, a 19,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Duluth, Georgia, whose primary mission is to support and develop AGCO employees and AGCO dealers around the world. The AGCO Global Learning Center is home to AGCO Academy and AGCO University – “Champions of Learning” and Development initiatives.
The AGCO Global Learning Center grand opening in May 2011 welcomed several hundred people, including Nancy Harris, Mayor of Duluth, Georgia; Gary Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and staff from the University of Georgia School of Agriculture.
AGCO Academy and AGCO University were excited to participate for the first time in ASTD’s Employee Learning Week. During December 5 – 8, 2011, the AGCO Global Learning Center hosted Dealer Service Manager Training for AGCO dealers and employees from all over North America. The goal of the Dealer Service Manager Training is to provide participants with the skills to improve the profitability and productivity of their dealership and service department. This will be the largest event since the opening of the Global Learning Center and will also be celebrated by the presence of the AGCO Board of Directors.
AGCO’s 2011 learning story does not begin with the opening of the Global Learning Center. AGCO demonstrated a commitment to learning earlier in the year by hosting a five week National Training Event in Glendale, Arizona February 7 – March 10, 2011. More than 900 AGCO employees and dealers participated in one of five week-long sessions during this sales training event. Four learning tracks were offered based on varying levels of sales and management experience. Participants learned both in the classroom and hands on during field training sessions while engaging in individual and group activities.
As a result of a commitment to learning, ASTD’s Employee Learning Week and AGCO’s Dealer Service Manager Training have built momentum, put a foot on the accelerator and put learning and development initiatives on the move into 2012 and beyond.
Many many years ago, Santa realised that he needed a strong and reliable work machine. With so many varied tasks around his workshop and Santa Claus village, Santa decided that the best tractor the job is a custom-built Valtra.
Here’s how Santa tailored his tractor.
Read the complete story about how Valtra became the official tractor of Santa Claus at www.valtra.com/XMAS2011. There you also have a chance to win a trip to Santa’s and Valtra’s homecountry, Finland. (Terms and conditions apply)
Gaston Haesen, Product Support Specialist for tracked tractors, gives us a tour of the Challenger MT700C. This is a tracked tractor which boasts more traction than wheeled tractors because of the long surface on the belt when in contact with the ground. The weight of this tractor is divided across the tracks which, as well as transferring power to the ground more efficiently results in less soil compaction.
Fran Van Asseldonk, Sales Used Equipment, introduces the new VIP (Vehicle Inspection Program) for Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions at Agritechnica 2011. The VIP program was launched to help customers start a business with a used machine. Before buying a used machine, customers need to be certain that the specific machine has been checked and serviced and this is what the VIP service offers. Challenger will check, service then re-build the machine, giving it an extended warranty.
Luca Cattani, Product Marketing Manager, takes us on a tour of the Challenger MT865C. The Python tractor was created to celebrate 25 years of tracked tractors and was showcased at Agritechnica 2011. The amount of power, balance and efficient power transfer, give the Challenger MT865C a great advantage in today’s industry by pulling through in the most demanding weather conditions and landscapes. This Challenger tracked tractor is the most efficient way to pull a large implement across a field. Challenger is very happy to work closer with their dealers, customers and engineers to develop better solutions to help the customer make a difference in the field.