Area farmers can count on getting the same equipment sales and agriculture-part services from employees of Straub International in Pratt, but the business will be owned by KanEquip as of May 6, 2019.
Change is coming to Straub International in Pratt, as well as to four Kansas other locations, but the service, equipment sold and employees will remain the same. Earlier this month KanEquip, Inc. reached an agreement with Straub International to acquire their five locations in Great Bend, Hutchinson, Pratt, Salina, and Wichita. With this agreement Case IH authorizes KanEquip to assume responsibility for these markets.
“Straub International has been a reputable supplier in central Kansas for several years,” said Craig Goff, General Manager, KanEquip. “We are extremely happy to have the Straub employees join our team and to continue and enhance the customer experience they have driven.”
At the Pratt location, 2601 East First Street, Parts Manager Rodney Walker said new ownership would take effect on May 6, 2019.
“We expect everything is still going to stay the same,” he said. “We will still be a Case dealer with the same customer service we’ve always had.”
Walker said likely the noticeable change with the purchase agreement would be that employees get new shirts with different logos.
The transition will increase KanEquip’s total locations to fourteen in Kansas and Nebraska. KanEquip was established by Jim Meinhardt over 50 years ago as Meinhardt Farm Equipment. In 1999 the name was changed to KanEquip, Inc. The Meinhardt family is still actively involved with KanEquip’s daily operations.