What is currently a field along a heavily traveled State Route 42 near Plain City will soon be new buildings that will house a new headquarters for Evolution Ag, LLC, a training facility for Case IH and New Holland technicians and, most importantly for farmers in the area, an implement dealership featuring red iron.
“We hope to be pushing dirt very soon,” said Doug Loudenslager, Evolution Ag Principle. “This 45,000 square foot dealership will allow us to better serve our customers in this area.
“We also just found out recently that Case IH and New Holland are going to use this facility as a training center, so we will be bringing in technicians and other key management folks from this part of the country to get their training rather than receive it in the distant locations that they have had to travel in the past,” he said.
This expansion from Evolution Ag, LLC comes at a time when the landscape of farming, from a financial standpoint, has shifted in the last 12 months. The implement side of the industry has taken note and made the necessary adjustments.
“We’ve enjoyed some very good years in the agricultural equipment business,” Loudenslager said. “We are still seeing some good business here in 2014, but I think our decisions moving forward will be ones where we will identify those opportunities to address cost per acre. We are finding that producers are paying a bit more attention to their bottom line and how to maximize efficiency, so now, more so than in the past, the equipment purchase they make will be based on a cost per acre and a cost per bushel basis.”
Loudenslager said the new Evolution Ag, LLC location at State Route 42 and Jerome Road in Union County will help convey to growers how the implements they showcase will help farmers get crops planted in a timely manner and harvest those crops out of the field in the most effective way possible.
“Whether we believe in climate change or not, we have certainly had some variable conditions here in Ohio,” Loudenslager said. “It’s a challenge to get crops planted and harvested on a timely basis, so the bigger and more efficient equipment will still be a need for producers in this part of the country.”
AUDIO: Doug Loudenslager, Principle of Evolution Ag, LLC, visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins at the recent groundbreaking ceremony about the new facilities in the works in Union County.