Seeking to dispel recent rumors that his family’s implement dealership in Greensburg would come back as a shell of its former self, BTI Greensburg co-owner Mike Estes confirmed Thursday the business will “offer our customers everything we did before the tornado.”


Seeking to dispel recent rumors that his family’s implement dealership in Greensburg would come back as a shell of its former self, BTI Greensburg co-owner Mike Estes confirmed Thursday the business will “offer our customers everything we did before the tornado.”
Estes acknowledged he was aware of talk since May 4 that the Greensburg location would be reduced to a scaled down service center, and that he was afraid such speculation would increase once it became known his company was buying out the Pratt John Deere dealership, Mid-Co Implement.
“I figured once word got out on the Pratt purchase, the rumor would intensify and make people more nervous about us coming back in Greensburg,” Estes said.  “But I can assure you we will offer sales, parts and service, just like we did before.  And we’re trying to keep all our Greensburg employees.”
Once Mid-Co officially changes hands on July 2, Estes said the dealership would be known as BTI Pratt.  The Deere dealership in Ness City became BTI Ness City, after Estes’ firm acquired it last January.  
The Pratt dealership makes four under the Estes umbrella, with the original location in Bucklin, hence the designation of Bucklin Tractor and Implement.  The Greensburg location had been known as Greensburg Tractor and Implement until this year.
Estes said that while he and brother Kelly are still considering where to locate the new facilities in Greensburg, he’s got a “gut feeling” it will be on the same site on the south side of US 54 on the west edge of town.
“I’d say there’s an 80 to 90 percent chance we’ll be on the same property,” Estes said.  “We’ll know in the next 30 days.”
Estes said he expects construction of the Greensburg dealership’s main building to get underway in 60 to 90 days.
“Right now we’re visiting a lot of dealerships around the state, getting an idea of how to design ours,” he said.  “The building may not be quite as big as the one that got destroyed, but that’s because of efficiency of design available now.
“But regardless of the building size, what we offer won’t change.  We’ll offer complete service at all four locations.”