Farm Horizons, February 2007

Minnesota Ag Power is growing

Minnesota Ag Power, the corporation that owns Cokato Equipment and Glencoe Equipment, is growing.

Cokato Equipment’s new facility just west of Howard Lake and along Highway 12 is under construction now. It will be much larger than the facility at 13319 60th St. SW, Cokato, which it is renting. Gene Seipel, general manager of the corporation, predicts the larger building will be ready in June.

Glencoe Equipment also is expanding into a new and bigger facility two miles east of its current location, 2910 9th St. E., Glencoe. Construction on its new building along Highway 212 will begin in November. Glencoe Equipment also is in a rented facility.

Seipel said John Deere dealerships have noticed they can serve farmers and their customers better by being larger. Minnesota Ag Power has four stores, Glencoe, Cokato, Rudolph’s in St. Cloud, and Stewart Equipment in Stewart. “It is the best organization in the state,” said Seipel, a Maryville, Mo., native.

“We have great, great people. That’s what makes it work,” Seipel said of the corporation’s 73 employees.

Seipel has worked with John Deere off and on, either in sales, parts department, or management, since 1974. He came to the Glencoe and Cokato area in 2002 from Tracy, Minn. His partners in the corporation are Charlie Swensen and Curt Weber.

Expanding will be an advantage to farmers and their customers in several ways.

They will be able to get better and have more access to parts, better prices, and will be able to afford keeping up on the latest technology, training and software, Seipel said.

Just recently, the company invested in a computerized diagnostic unit. Farmers usually can take care of their own minor maintenance work. However, most of the newer equipment has sophisticated electronics. Farmers can get help and parts from any of the four stores.

In addition, the expansion provides even more selection of used equipment. The four stores have $7 million in used equipment alone, and $2 million in parts inventory, Seipel said.

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