Wright Implement, which has sold and leased farm machinery and lawn and garden equipment from its location at 820 Three Springs Road in Bowling Green since 2011, has moved to a bigger location.
The company, which carries John Deere, Stihl and Honda equipment, opened a new retail store at 1330 Plano Road near the William H. Natcher Parkway.
This new location will give Wright more room to meet the needs of agriculture and residential customers, said Gus Seeger, general manager of all seven Wright Implement locations in Kentucky and Indiana.
“The previous lot was pretty cramped and outdated,” Seeger said.
Seeger said inventory will increase at the new location, and he said it will give the company “significantly more” shop space and parts space while also improving customer parking.
Wright’s former five-acre site on Three Springs Road could end up having a similar use. Travis Ayers of Bowling Green’s Coldwell Banker real estate agency said the site’s future use could be as a semi-truck dealership or an equipment rental company.
The new Wright Implement location on Plano Road will have a grand opening in the spring, Seeger said.
OTHELLO — Othello-based Evergreen Implement is being bought by Fargo, North Dakota-based RDO Equipment, the largest independent John Deere retailer in the United States.
“I’ve been in business 52 years. I’m 83 now,” said Evergreen founder Roger Thieme. “My son is an attorney in Seattle and he doesn’t want to run (the company).”
Thieme said a certain amount of scale is necessary in the farm implement business, something RDO — which has over 70 retail and service sites in 11 states — clearly has.
“In order to take care of customers in the way they expect to be taken care of requires scale,” Thieme said. “I like to run my own ship, but I’ve not been able to find people to partner with.”
While the amount of the sale has not been disclosed, RDO Director of Communications Mark Dickerson said the deal should close sometime in early February.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Dickerson said. “We’re very conscious that Evergreen is a strong brand, and we’re respectful of everything they’ve done.”
Dickerson said eventually all five of Evergreen’s stores would eventually bear the RDO brand, though he was unsure how quickly that would happen. Evergreen has stores in Moses Lake, Othello, Coulee City, Pasco and Ritzville.
Dickerson also said the two companies were very similar — both founded in the mid-1960s by men who are still very much involved in day-to-day operations.
“Evergreen is a good company with a wonderful reputation; it’s very well run,” he said. “There are a lot of similarities between the two, a lot of synergy.”
Dickerson said RDO will keep all of Evergreen’s employees, and that many of the other details of the acquisition would all be worked out over the course of the next month.
“You do well if you have good staff, and I don’t know of anyone who lets go of good staff,” he said.
Thieme said he and RDO founder Ron Offutt — whom he called “Ronnie” — have been discussing an acquisition for some time.
“Ronnie and I have talking about this for the last four years,” he said. “A couple of things happened that accelerated it by a few years, and maybe right now is the right time to do it.”
Thieme said he still had enough work to do in Othello, such as the refurbishing of the Adams County Rescue Center, to keep him busy for several years.
“They told me as long as I want my office, I’ve got my office,” he said.