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Edward Hines adds new location

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Edward Hines Lumber, a Chicago-area LBM dealer, is opening a new location in Alsip, Ill., to serve Chicago’s southern suburban markets. The lumberyard formerly operated as Wille Lumber. Company principal Gerry Wille is staying with the business and will be a partner in the Alsip location.

Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Edward Hines Lumber currently operates four locations throughout the state of Illinois. It is a subsidiary of U.S. LBM Holdings, which now includes 850 employees and 30 units spread throughout the East and Midwest.

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Toro acquires assets of USPraxis

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Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro has acquired certain assets from USPraxis, a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. The acquisition adds a lineup of stump grinders, wood chippers and log splitters to the company’s product portfolio, strengthening its offering to the rental market.

“Toro has a rich history of offering innovative products for rental and landscape professionals …” said Rick Rodier, general manager of Toro’s Sitework Systems Business. “USPraxis is an established brand in the rental industry known for innovative, high-quality professional products. The addition of these products allows Toro to continue to broaden and strengthen its compact equipment solutions for the rental and landscape markets.”

Toro has also acquired a tip and blade sharpening service so rental stores can ensure their equipment is operating well.

USPraxis products will be marketed under the Toro brand and sold through Toro’s compact utility equipment distribution channel in the United States and international markets.

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John Deere opens manufacturing facility in Russia

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Deere & Co. has opened its new manufacturing and parts distribution facility — the company’s largest investment in Russia — south of Moscow in Domodedovo. The facility will manufacture agricultural, construction and forestry machinery, and distribute service parts in the region.

“Russia has a tradition of embracing advanced equipment and modern agricultural and forestry management practices,” said Deere chairman and CEO Samuel Allen at the grand opening ceremony. “These are critical to the health and development of large-scale farming and forestry. They also tend to be a good match for the capabilities of John Deere products.”

Allen also noted that Russia’s future holds “truly immense potential as a major provider of the renewable resources so vital to the world’s economic and social well-being.”

The Domodedovo facility will include a new EurAsia Parts Distribution Center and manufacture products for the company’s two major divisions, including large tractors and combines for use in agriculture and products for use in construction and forestry, according to the company. The parts distribution and manufacturing capabilities will help John Deere serve customers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States and in nearby markets.

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