Press Release

Nov 20, 2017, 14:22 PM

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

For more information contact:

Matt Cronin (CEO, C & B Operations, LLC)

Sarah Swanson (General Manager, Farm Equipment Sales, Inc.)

Glasgow, MT— (November 14, 2017);  Solid, Stable, Still John Deere--after 53 years, Farm Equipment Sales, Inc. changes ownership!

Farm Equipment Sales, a 53 year old Montana John Deere Dealership with four locations in Glasgow, Plentywood, Culbertson, and Circle, announced today that a letter of intent to sell has been made with C & B Operations, LLC headquartered in Gettysburg, South Dakota.  During the announcement to their employees Marc Swanson, President and CEO of Farm Equipment Sales stated “after 53 years, we are excited to announce our alliance with C&B Operations, one of the nation’s largest and most successful John Deere dealer organizations.  This partnership will ensure that all of our customers, employees, and communities have the continued support they deserve in sales, parts, and service by maintaining the existing relationships we’ve built.”

Farm Equipment Sales, Inc.’s roots date back to 1964, where in Glasgow, Montana it became a leader in agriculture for four generations.  Sarah Swanson, General Manager of Farm Equipment Sales stated “with each new generation Farm Equipment Sales continues to strive to lead the Eastern Montana ag community through the changes faced by our industry, and today’s ever changing technological, capital, and agronomic changes are no different.  We are passionate about the longevity of production agriculture in Northeast Montana, about ensuring that our rural communities maintain a local physical dealer presence, and about continuing to anchor our communities with highly skilled and well compensated employment opportunities.  With all this in mind, we truly believe that the best long-term solution  is to join the C&B Operations organization where they embody the same philosophies of integrity, teamwork, and quality that have guided FES for the past 53 years.”

C & B Operations, LLC owns and operates 25 John Deere dealerships in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.  It’s Montana dealerships are located in Billings, Miles City, and Glendive.  C&B began in 1988 when Dan Cronin and Rod Burwell purchased the John Deere dealership in Gettysburg, South Dakota and has grown to be one of the premier John Deere dealers in the country.  Matt Cronin, President and CEO of C & B Operations, LLC said, “Both companies are excited to begin this new chapter.   Farm Equipment Sales, Inc. is known to be a leader in agriculture due to their solid infrastructure, stability of their employees, and their progressive management.  By bringing our companies together, we will better serve our customers in all the market areas we support. We are thrilled to have the Farm Equipment Sales organization join our team and we want our customers in Glasgow, Plentywood, Culbertson, and Circle, to know that we are Solid, Stable, and Still John Deere!”

The transition is anticipated to take place in early 2018.                                  


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