McCormick commits to grounds care
Page last updated at 9:00 am, Monday, September 9th, 2002
McCormick Tractors International confirmed its commitment to the amenity and sports ground sector at SALTEX 2002. ARGO SpA created the business in January 2001 after acquiring the former Case tractor plant in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and all rights to the models produced there.
By launching nine new models, with many more variations, McCormick has created one of the most comprehensive ranges of tractors for grounds care use.
“Although our roots are in the agricultural industry, our tractors are eminently suitable for highways, golf course, parks, sports field and road side maintenance work,” says McCormick sales director, Ray Spinks.
The CX range of 53hp to 102hp two- and four-wheel full size tractors are produced for sale worldwide on modern assembly lines at McCormick’s factory in Doncaster. The G Series, GX/GXH Series and F Series tractors are produced to McCormick requirements by sister companies within the ARGO Group.
The scale and scope of the McCormick operation, which has attracted a network of 80 dealer outlets across the UK and Republic of Ireland, ensures it has the resources to provide full parts and service support for the tractors it sells into the grounds care sector.
“There is more to a tractor than bare specifications and price; buyers also need to consider resale value and whether the supplier can be relied upon to deliver parts and service support in the long term,” says Mr Spinks. “With the backing of ARGO, the world’s fifth largest tractor manufacturing group, we have the resources and commitment to provide such support.”
McCormick operates as an independent business within the group with its own engineering resources at Doncaster. A new training centre and parts warehouse and distribution system have recently been added to give the McCormick range unrivalled backing.
Although McCormick is a new business, barely 18 months old, its products are proven and the team that runs the operation is highly experienced.
“It was a real challenge to get this new business up and running, and to establish McCormick as a key player in the tractor market,” adds Ray Spinks. “But we met our first-year production and financial targets, established distributors or subsidiary companies in all the major tractor markets around the world, and introduced new and improved models in record time.”
The launch of nine new models to add to tractors that have already been well received in the grounds care sector, together with the planned appointment of specialist grounds care equipment staff, emphasises the serious intent of McCormick and its dealers in this important market.
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