Big things are happening for an eight store John Deere dealership in southeast Minnesota. SEMA equipment is consolidating its Austin, Leroy and Spring Valley facilities in Grand Meadow. Representatives came out to a field in the middle of town Tuesday for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility. SEMA leaders say the decision came after taking a hard look at where their business locations were.
"We did a study with John Deere, what's called a location rationalization study," says General Manager Tom Wozney, "And what John Deere and we determined is that what made the most sense for the future in terms of customers, what's best for our customers and our employees was just to build one new modern facility that can provide state-of-the-art service to our customers and a great working environment for all of our employees."
Some of the facilities SEMA currently has were built in the 1930s. There have been some additions made in the 50s and the 80s, but ultimately company leaders decided it would be better to bring everybody to one location. All employees will be relocating to the new Grand Meadow facility. That's approximately 45 people.
"Decisions like this are made based upon what is best for our customers and our employees long term," Wozney adds, "And we felt that this investment was necessary to maintain high levels of customer experience and our ability to find and retain great people."
SEMA officials hope to be moving into the Grand Meadow facility in early 2019.