Mechan International acquires AgWest

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As of May 1, 2023, AgWest Ltd. in Canada will be added to Dutch Mechan International. AgWest is a prominent agricultural equipment dealer with six locations throughout Manitoba. This acquisition aligns with the Mechan International strategy to expand its geographical footprint.

AgWest is a subsidiary of Toromont Industries Ltd., a limited company incorporated and domiciled in Canada. The AgWest company has a team that provides products and services principally distributed out of three locations: Elie (Head Office), Brandon and Neepawa. Three satellite locations are located in Swan River, Morden and Russell providing parts and service.

The AgWest equipment offering includes combines, tractors and other agricultural machinery and equipment, while striving to offer differentiated services and solutions for Manitoba farmers. The distribution agreement held with AGCO includes all their product lines, including Fendt, MF, Challenger, Sunflower, White and the application product line branded Rogator, TerraGator and Wilmar. AgWest has the exclusive rights to distribute Claas combines in the entire province of Manitoba.

Investment power

Mechan International is part of Zweegers Equipment Group, a Dutch shareholder with sufficient capital for growth, which guarantees a secure future for AgWest. The company has an experienced management team that knows the Canadian market. Ronald Slaats, Board Member of Mechan International: “This acquisition aligns with our aim to expand the geographical footprint and add new equipment brands. After a successful negotiation process with Toromont and AgWest we are proud to finalize this process.”

Long term focus

Zweegers Equipment Group invests in companies with a focus on equipment and sustainable solutions. Gerrit van der Scheer, CEO, said: “We want to be a solid and reliable long-term partner. For us, people, and local entrepreneurship are paramount, we share our ‘boots on the ground’ approach and deep-rooted passion for equipment, working towards a sustainable future. We are convinced that AgWest’s culture and working methods are in complete harmony with this!”

Bright future

Scott Medhurst, Toromont Industries stated that “Thanks to the dedicated AgWest team, loyal customers, and strong supplier support, the AgWest business has improved consistently over the past few years. Mechan provides greater agricultural knowledge, scale combined with a strong distribution reputation. We wish Mechan and the entire AgWest team, continued success.”

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