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Challenger Technology – Agritechnica 2011

Gaston Marx, takes us on a tour of Challenger Technology at Agritechnica 2011. The AgCommand system can be installed on all machines, even if they are non-AGCO machines, to log data including fuel usage and data of work that has been completed yearly. From this information the user will be able to monitor and improve efficiency on their farm.

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.

Challenger VIP Used Equipment Program – Agritechnica 2011

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.

Challenger MT800C track tractor walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

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.

Construction Nearing Completion on Jackson, Minnesota Facility Expansion

In January 2011, AGCO announced its plans to produce Massey Ferguson® and Challenger® high horsepower wheeled row crop tractors in the company’s Jackson, Minnesota, USA, farm equipment manufacturing facility. The plans included a 75,000-square-foot expansion of the manufacturing facility and construction of a state-of-the-art visitors’ center. Click here to view the announcement video.

Construction began in April 2011 and we’re pleased to report that the construction is on schedule for completion in December 2011.  Due to popular demand, a video camera has been mounted overlooking the construction areas with a live video feed that is currently streaming on AGCO’s Ustream channel.  This past July, the 40,000-square-foot material kitting center was completed.  In late September 2011, the 180-foot assembly line expansion will be complete.  Then, pilot models will begin to roll off the line in December 2011.  Full production is projected in June 2012.  Here is an updated video compiled of time-lapsed photos of the construction leading up to this week.

Additionally, the new 17,000-square-foot visitor’s center construction is on schedule for completion at the end of 2011.  The new center will be the official starting point for all factory tours and will provide visitors a first-class and innovative experience – The Jackson Experience.  Guests will learn about AGCO’s brands and their history in agriculture innovation, and then see it first-hand on the guided tour.  The center will have a large interactive equipment showroom, auditorium, meeting rooms and a cafe – all with state-of-the art technology.

The facility and visitors center will be open to the public in Spring 2012 – check back or visit http://jackson.agcocorp.com for more details.

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