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A branch of Ag world I think possibly.
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F.V Pierlot and Sons in Nipawin , now owned by the 3rd generation. There is a theme that most are Agco dealers. Here in the NE we have numerous Agco dealers and they are all independent, and I would say they all give good service.
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Shoal Lake Farm Equipment is our dealer and they are family owned.
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It is not that the mega dealerships are expanding at will, it is more that the existing dealerships have one or all of the partners that want to sell out and most of the dealerships have gotten too large for a single buyer to take over. So the dealership sells to RME for example and gets RME shares that can't be sold for at least "x" number of days and that is the exit strategy.

Local RME here is excellent. Really depends on who is managing the group of stores and who the employees are. Local Deere dealership was the best. Cervus aquired them and now they are one of the worst to deal with.
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They lost me as a customer in 2014. I used to have an entire yard full of red paint and was a reliable 1-2 year flip guy, my trades rarely saw the lot. When it changed from Miller Equipment to RME you could see the trajectory turn downward.

I'm not going to claim intimate knowledge of how their internal operations are run, but here is hopefully some constructive criticism.
>Less control at the local dealer level, move away from store managers
>Sales, Parts and Service dep't seem to be tracked separately with incentives given to each. This leads to an "each for their own" mentality, instead of working together. Seems every deal ends up involving all three departments in some way, so they need to be on same page and not fighting with eachother.
>Seems to be a bias to sales guys operating off commission. Ag is a cyclical business and good employees should not be wondering where their next paycheck is coming from.
>Need to keep good employees and keep them interested and engaged. Ask for their input. Everything seems to be a top-down management structure which is wrong.

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>CNH has had a decline in product quality, too much cost cutting with Chinese parts and poor build quality.
>Rapid rise in cost of equipment. This is not the fault of the dealers necessarily but IMO will lead to the widespread failure of the industry as we know it. This is completely unsustainable and I'm guessing the whole ponzi scheme collapses within 5-10 years.
>An industry-wide move toward glamorizing equipment. This can be blamed first on JD but everyone is participating these days. Look at the buildings these guys are putting up and the service trucks they drive, WE PAY FOR ALL THAT CRAP!!! This is a huge problem. It's just equipment and it does not make a farm successful, it's neccesary to have it but it's only one line on the balance sheet. Smart managers look for ways to minimize that line, not make it bigger and they don't care how it looks to the neighbors. It has to start being run like a business again...

Hopefully that was helpful. Our local store recently hired on one of the previous guys that was key in the "Miller Equipment days", I have modest hope that he is allowed to change a few things, will wait and see.
Sounds like u are describing Pattison Ag JD dealers around here. Hate that they take most of their used equipment to rb auction. Last year we had a major breakdown on a greenlghted combine. Deal is supposed to be they provide one if yours dies. There wasn't one used combine on the lot as they had dragged them all to Ritchie's sale. They did eventually get us one but it was a gong show.
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It is not that the mega dealerships are expanding at will, it is more that the existing dealerships have one or all of the partners that want to sell out and most of the dealerships have gotten too large for a single buyer to take over.
Pretty much parallels what is happening to farming industry in general.

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