April 07, 2017
SLEAFORD, ENGLAND – Great Plains Manufacturing announced today the decision to stop production of Great Plains Products at its Sleaford, UK site and close the facility. This decision comes in the wake of an extended downturn in the worldwide agricultural economy. Current production is to be complete by mid-year 2017. Other operations and functions of the Sleaford site will be phased out after the 2017 autumn season with facility closure to occur early in 2018. In the future, parts and service operations will be continued under the responsibility of Great Plains Manufacturing with support from its sister company, Kverneland Group.
“We examined many options before we chose this path. We know this affects the lives of our team members, their families, and our customers, making it a painful decision. After long and careful consideration, we have determined that the long-term weakness in the agricultural economy has made it no longer viable to keep the facility in operation,” said Linda Salem, President of Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
The company will work with appropriate government agencies and the local communities to help make the transition for affected employees as smooth as possible.
“Great Plains Manufacturing is proud to have worked with our many committed dealers, distributors and suppliers for so many years. Together, we have provided quality products and outstanding service to our farming communities. Plans to continue to provide parts and service for these products through their reasonable life cycles are in place and will be shared as the transition occurs,” said Salem.