Equipment dealers want to consolidate associations

Four equipment dealer associations are planning to create a new North American Equipment Dealers Association.

Board members from the Equipment Dealers Association, Midwest-SouthEastern Equipment Dealers Association, United Equipment Dealers Association and Western Equipment Dealers Association have voted to consolidate.

The move will allow for more resources to be directed toward federal and local issues impacting dealers including ag issues like Right to Repair, workforce development, and supply chain disruptions.

Dealers from John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, and Kubota make up the long-range planning committee for the new organization.

In 2015, the North American Equipment Dealers Association rebranded as the Equipment Dealers Association and officials say the organization has been struggling financially as it remained in competition with regional associations.

By spring of next year, the new association will represent 24 states and four provinces and will have 3,000 dealer members.

The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association was one of a few that decided to remain regional.

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