Sheldon, Iowa — Over 150 area farmers, businessmen and women, and concerned citizens alike packed the Sheldon Community Services Building to lend support to Sheldon Implement in the wake of the announcement that John Deere would be pulling the franchise.
To view the meeting’s handout, click on the link: SheldonImpMeetingJuly2012
Pete Riley, son of the late owner Tom Riley explained how the situation unfolded.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Riley1.mp3|titles=Riley1]
John Van Gorp with Sheldon implement says John Deere’s decision is not sales or service related, and has only to do with passing of Tom Riley.
He says they want to pull the dealership this year.
Van Gorp reminded those in attendance that they just finished a new $800,000 shop, and they’d like to continue to use the new facility.
Van Gorp encouraged farmers to tell John Deere corporate that if Sheldon Implement pulls out, the farmers may may “switch colors” — to a different brand rather than take their business out of town.
Van Gorp says that if Sheldon Implement closes, farmers can expect labor rates to go up, the wait time to go up, and quite possibly there would be much slower or maybe no on-the-farm service.
He says he doesn’t think that a farmer’s inconvenience having to go 20 miles down the road would be much of an issue to John Deere.
He also asked, somewhat rhetorically — what is the cost to John Deere to have a dealership in Sheldon? Van Gorp says Sheldon Implement pays for almost everything including advertising and the money that it takes to get the machinery trucks to come to Sheldon.
Sheldon Chamber and Development director Mark Gaul spoke for a few minutes as well. He told how important Sheldon Implement is to the community.
Gaul says we have just about all John Deere could ask for. He says we even have the data that proves that the community is growing faster than state average.
A letter writing campaign has begun. Sheldon Implement officials held a letter writing clinic during the meeting.
John Deere Petition Form