DULUTH, GA | AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO), a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and solutions, promoted one supplier to partner-level* distinction and presented nine supplier awards in Wichita, Kansas, during its annual AGCO North America Supplier Event on April 18-20. This year’s event recognized the Agility, Innovation, and Resilience (AIR) demonstrated by each supplier that helped keep farmers farming throughout the challenges caused by the recent pandemic.

“AGCO’s suppliers were instrumental in helping us serve our farmers during one of the industry’s most challenging times in recent memory,” said Eric Hansotia, AGCO chairman, president, and CEO. “This event not only honors their commitment to AGCO’s goals, but it also allows us to share ideas and strategies to ensure continuous improvements in serving our customers.”

The Wichita event marked a return to AGCO’s traditional in-person supplier meeting and provided an opportunity for attendees to tour the company’s manufacturing facility in Hesston, which produces Massey Ferguson® hay products and Gleaner® combines. A Supplier Idea Generation (SIG) workshop spurred discussions of innovation and enhancements between top suppliers and AGCO’s purchasing and engineering teams. Breakout sessions focused on collaboration with the company’s Fendt®, Massey Ferguson, Grain & Protein, and Precision Ag & Digital divisions.

Suppliers recognized during the event included the following companies:

Promoted to Partner-Level* Distinction:

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Diamond Manufacturing Company of Wyoming, PA, provides quality perforated material to original equipment manufacturers, job shops, and architectural firms and was promoted to partner-level distinction at the event. Diamond Manufacturing has a distinguished reputation for reliability, quality, innovation, collaboration, and customer service.

AGCO 2021 Supplier of the Year winners (by award):

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Supplier of the Year: Forté Products of Farmington, MO, manufactures high quality and affordable plastic fixtures for a wide variety of industries, including convenience stores, supermarkets, food service, and point of purchase markets. As a strategic and innovative supplier for AGCO, Forté provides aggressive and competitive pricing as well as key support that ideally suits AGCO’s platform.

Indirect Supplier Award:   Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, is a long-time AGCO supplier of strong account management that delivers professionalism and care to all travelers. From enhancing its cleanliness commitments to modernizing its fleet, Delta has consistently earned their award-winning reputation.

Logistics Outbound Service Provider Award: R.E. West Transportation of Ashland City, TN, is a for-hire contract freight hauling operation that has provided AGCO with strategic collaborative logistics services for over 12 years and transported over 8600 loads to dealers across the US and Canada.  Outstanding reliability and customer service make R.E. West Transportation an effective partner-supplier in innovation and collaboration.

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Logistics Inbound Service Provider Award:  A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark, provides collaborative and innovative shipping and delivery solutions to AGCO. Maersk’s Twill service delivers an intuitive digital booking platform, honored vessel space & priority loading, and equipment availability without interruption for a simplified shipping process.

Aftersales Supplier of the Year: Burns Industrial Supply of Whitewater, WI, is a well-established and respected supplier to the OEM and Maintenance, Repair and Operations markets. With order flexibility, quality parts, and outstanding customer service, Burns provides adaptive and strategic collaboration to meet the needs of AGCO’s manufacturing sites, dealers, and farmers.

Sustainability Award Grede Holdings, LLC of Southfield, MI, has a long history of environmental stewardship that was recognized as a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in Energy Management by the US EPA.  Grede’s strategic energy management system enhances their financial position with money-saving energy management processes, reduces the company’s overall carbon footprint and energy usage, and instills a culture of energy efficient practices in all Grede foundries and facilities.

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TRAIT Award: Salesforce, Inc of San Francisco, CA, is recognized for community outreach and their diversity and inclusion efforts. Salesforce proves that businesses can be powerful platforms for social change, and believes it is their responsibility to promote equality for all.  Salesforce promotes diversity and inclusion through their company mission, vision, ongoing training, volunteering and volunteer course work, cultural engagement, and team days.

Quality & Delivery Performance Award:  Nucor of Charlotte, NC, is the largest steel producer and "mini-mill" steelmaker in the US, as well as the biggest recycler of scrap in North America.  Nucor is recognized for their close collaboration with AGCO’s engineering, logistics, and purchasing teams that provides value and high-quality solutions for AGCO and our customers

Collaboration & Innovation AwardTrelleborg AB, headquartered in Trelleborg, Sweden, is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, dampen & protect critical applications in demanding environments. Trelleborg is recognized for its remarkable performance and alignment with AGCO’s design, engineering and purchasing teams to successfully implement design changes and bench testing which have produced technological advancements and cost savings for participants across AGCO’s product cycle.


Media Contact
Bob Blakely, AGCO | Bob.Blakely@AGCOCorp.com | 770-232-8018

*Note: The use of “partner” throughout this announcement in no way implies nor suggests a relationship beyond Component Supply or Services and Performance as outlined in the ASPIRE Supplier Management Guideline. Please see www.agcocorp.com/suppliers for more details.

About AGCO
AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology. AGCO delivers customer value through its differentiated brand portfolio including core brands like Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®. Powered by Fuse® smart farming solutions, AGCO’s full line of equipment and services help farmers sustainably feed our world. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $11.1 billion in 2021. For more information, visit www.AGCOcorp.com. For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.