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New Factory Makes a Statement
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Wed Jan 23, 2013 09:58 AM CST

Sometimes a factory is more than a factory. That’s the case with the new Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf, Germany, which opened this fall with much ceremony. The prime minister of Bavaria was there, as were visitors from 30 countries. There were speeches, entertainment and even an interreligious blessing by a Protestant clergyman, a Catholic priest and two Muslim clerics. All in all, a very impressive, very German affair.

Why the big deal? Besides making high-tech tractors, the plant is a symbol of the 22-year-old AGCO’s prosperity and aggressiveness. Along with other recently built facilities, it is brick-and-mortar proof the company ...

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