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Trade Mission Success

N.D. manufacturers make contacts to sell farm machinery overseas.

Several North Dakota manufacturers hope to sell more farm machinery to Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine in the future as a result of a recent state-sponsored trade mission to the region.

WCCO Belting, Inc., Wahpeton, secured a major order to supply swather belts to a Kazakhstan manufacturing company.

Titan Machinery, Fargo, met a distributor slated to sell Titan equipment and parts throughout Kazakhstan. "I believe we will be doing a lot of business in Kazakhstan," says Darrel Gillespie, Titan's remarketing manger.

Holdings Company, Fargo, is negotiating a deal to supply used, late-model farm equipment to a limited liability company that controls 128,000 tillable acres near Kazakhstan. Brandt Holdings is a privately owned company with 14 John Deere farm equipment dealerships in North Dakota, Minnesota and three other states.

Gates Manufacturing Inc., Lansford, N.D., is pursing leads to sell its field harrows.

Sund Manufacturing Company Inc., Newburg, is negotiating with a company to sell its grain handling equipment.

Duratech Industries, Jamestown, is starting talks with a finance company that will buy its feed grinder and haying equipment and lease them to Asian farms.

"Exploring trade in a part of the world with such great potential for agricultural and manufacturing growth has already yielded trade deals for some of our delegation, and we have good prospects for more," says North Dakota Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who led the trade delegation.

Source: N.D. Governor's Office.

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