Companies Merge to Form Kuhn North America
By Kristy Lust
On January 1, 2008, Kuhn’s two U.S. companies, Kuhn Farm Machinery, Inc. (the North American marketing and distribution arm of Kuhn Group) and Kuhn Knight, Inc. (the manufacturing company) merged to create Kuhn North America, Inc.
"This new chapter in Kuhn’s history of growth in North America concludes the five year integration process planned for Kuhn Knight, Inc. following the purchase of the company in December 2002," says Kuhn North America President and CEO Thierry Krier. "We are pleased to report that this integration process occurred progressively and smoothly, and resulted in the positive development of all our business lines in North America, thus surpassing the ambitious plans set at time of the acquisition."
During the five years since the acquisition of Kuhn Knight, the Kuhn Group has made massive investments in North America. The investments have not been solely in infrastructure. Machines in virtually all of the company's product lines have been updated or improved in this time.
"In reality, the merging of Kuhn Farm Machinery and Kuhn Knight will not have a major impact on retail customers," says Krier. "It is our dealer network that will see the improvement in the ease of doing business with one company, instead of two."
One change retail customers will notice is the new company website at www.kuhnnorthamerica.com. Retail finance customers will also enjoy a streamlined payment process. Mike Martin, retail finance, service parts, and distribution center operations manager, says, "Finance customers previously had to send their retail finance payments to two banks if they had more than one contract each with a different product group. With the merger, this process has been simplified and consolidated, with one bank accepting all payments."
"It is important to note that this merger has no impact whatsoever on our business growth strategy through the marketing of two groups of product lines under the brands “Kuhn” and “Kuhn Knight” through two distinct dealer network organizations, our commitment to distribute products regionally through our six Regional Distribution Centers, or our employees and staffing levels," says Krier. "The quality, training, commitment and growth of our workforce, our aggressive business strategy, and our regional distribution organization set us apart from other suppliers, and will continue."
Kuhn North America is a leading innovator in the field of agricultural and industrial equipment, specializing in spreaders, mixers, hay tools and tillage tools. Kuhn and Kuhn Knight branded products are sold through farm equipment dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and many other countries.
The Kuhn Group has specialized for more than 175 years in the design, production and marketing of agricultural machinery. The range currently offered includes plowing, soil preparation, seeding, fertilization, spraying, shredding, hay / silage making, landscape maintenance, bedding & feeding. Kuhn products are sold throughout the world.
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