AFTER tripling the size of its farm machinery dealership business in WA in five years, Wellard has received and agreed to an offer from national machinery distributor Landpower, to purchase Wellard's CLAAS Harvest Centres.
As a result, CLAAS Harvest Centres in Esperance, Geraldton and Katanning will be owned and operated by Landpower.
Head of Wellard Agri Ltd Tim Macnamara paid tribute to the Wellard CLAAS Harvest Centre employees who had helped Wellard to build the business using a combination of quality CLAAS products and other equipment.
"We have been extremely pleased with the development of the CLAAS Harvest Centre business, in what is a very tough market environment," Mr Macnamara said.
"In the past five years we have opened new stores in Esperance and Geraldton and grown staff numbers from six employees to the 46 that work within the business today.
"We've also helped manufacturers with their product development, across many brands and product types such as the Gregoire Besson Heliripper."
Landpower chief executive officer Richard Wilson said WA was rapidly developing as a major international producer of grain and livestock.
"There has been significant investment made throughout the State by growers seeking to improve productivity from their land and to operate more effective machinery," he said.
"The range of CLAAS, Amazone, Gregoire Besson and Seed Hawk products are very well suited to this changing land use.
"During its time operating the CLAAS Harvest Centres, Wellard has grown the customer base and built a very good reputation for after sales support and we look forward to building on that progress.
"Landpower will continue to work closely with Wellard on various joint activities.
"It is the company's largest customer in WA."