Contact: Duane Nelson, 541-386-6056 or 541-399-2606
Whether you are farming a 2 acre ranchette or 500 acres of tree fruit, Hood River Supply offers a large selection of farm machinery and equipment to do the job. Our sales team offers quality agricultural equipment such as Massey Ferguson & McCormick/Landini tractors, and Rankin and Woods implements. We are also a dealer for Air-O-Fan and Turbo Mist orchard sprayers.
We handle ladder trailers, tree & post hole diggers, and harrows; in addition we back up everything we sell.
Landini/McCormick: After redesigning his fathers reaper in 1831, Cyrus McCormick starting fullfilling the demand for his reaper in Virginia valley. In 1847 he started his own factory with his partner C.M. Gray. Now over 150 years later the McCormick name lives in on with ARGO purchasing the rights to the McCormick factories and name; sister companies include Landini, Laverda, Valpadau, and Pegoraro.
Rankin: “RANKIN EQUIPMENT CO. is recognized as a leader in the Pacific Northwest in providing attachments and equipment for farm, turf, landscape and construction industries. For over 50 years Rankin Equipment has been marketing and distributing a wide range of products exclusively to retail equipment dealers.”
Woods: “Woods has given people the power to be more productive since 1946, when Leonard, Keith, and Mervel Wood built the first tractor-mounted rotary cutter. WoodsCare™ genuine replacement parts carry Woods’ reputation for quality and durability. And, every Woods product or part is backed by a network of committed dealers.”
Air-O-Fan: “It was 1945 in Gilroy, California, when the first Air-O-Fan sprayers were manufactured and sold to orchard growers in the Santa Clara Valley. Despite the humble, pioneer beginnings in a small California town, the name “Air-O-Fan” is now known by orchard and vineyard growers worldwide as the “Cadillac” of sprayers.”
Turbo Mist: “In 1946, Dr James Marshall of the Summerland Research station (near Penticton, BC) began to look for a better method to apply the new spray materials being developed. He could see the need for some automatic distribution of these spray chemicals, which would be faster than using a handgun and less labor intensive. That spring he delivered the Rube Goldberg ‘ a truly incredible contraption’.” From there Turbo Mist became an industry standard name spreading across the nation and international borders.
Massey Ferguson: “Massey Ferguson is part of AGCO Corporation. As an individual brand, it is one of the biggest names in farm equipment throughout the world with a 150 year history and heritage that confirms its leading role in global agriculture.”
After several years of waiting and waiting for Massey Ferguson to produce their next generation of orchard tractor, your company has agreed with AGCO to mutually discontinue our relationship concerning the selling of Massey tractors effective October 1, 2014. Hood River Supply has been a Massey Ferguson dealer since 1947. This decision by your Board and management has been a main topic of discussion and debate over the past three years. We have researched and considered several different options and situations before making this important decision, and it didn’t come lightly as we look to the future.
AGCO is in the process of shifting their production of compact and orchard tractors to China and their timeframe for an orchard tractor to be produced will be 2020, if then. Also, AGCO is changing their business model, like most fortune 500 companies, away from supporting small dealerships to larger dealerships. First of all, this only affects wholegoods (tractors). We are still an authorized AGCO (Massey) parts dealer, so we will continue to be stocking Massey parts. We are also in the process of making several changes within our parts department to better serve our customers, as well implementing better inventory management practices. More will be discussed on this at a later date.
The corresponding major change in machinery is that Hood River Supply will begin handling the McCormick line of orchard and compact tractors effective the first of 2015, with the opening stock order of tractors arriving February or March 2015. To maximize our working capital, HR Supply will be handling only one line of tractors, so as we sell out the existing models of Landini, they will not be reordered. We will, however, continue to stock and supply parts for Landini tractors.
The last few paragraph reveal a major change for your cooperative, and there are many issues and circumstances surrounding these decisions made by your Board of Directors and management. We could write several pages in this newsletter of the trials and tribulations your company has experience over the last few years which finally lead to these decisions.
We are willing to discuss this openly with any and all of our customer/members. You can contact any of your Board of Directors, or Pat, for further details and to answer any questions you may have. Our main emphasis through this entire process has been, ‘What is going to be the best for the customer/member and for your cooperative, Hood River Sup ply,’ and we feel this has accomplished that goal.