FAIRMOUNT CITY - Officials from LandPro Equipment Company as well as local and state representatives were on hand Nov. 7 for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of what will become a new agriculture and construction equipment dealership in Clarion County.
The new business is scheduled to open in June 2020.
LandPro Equipment provides new and used lawn and garden, commercial, light industrial and agricultural equipment to Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania and now Northeastern Ohio.
In June 2018, LandPro Equipment, a John Deere dealer with 21 locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, purchased three Elder Ag and Turf equipment locations in Western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio from Elder Sales and Service, Inc.
LandPro also bought a 10-acre site along State Route 66 near Frogtown where the new dealer's groundbreaking ceremony took place.
According to company officials, the new building will be 16,000 square-feet and boast a larger, showroom than the current Fairmount LandPro store.
LandPro President and CEO Tracy Buck said during the groundbreaking that the new facility will also provide state of the art parts and service departments.
Delta Contractors and Design out of Clarion will build the facility.
According to Buck, there are a myriad of factors pertaining to why the company chose to expand at the Fairmount City address.
Buck cited the volume of available business, customer loyalty, the location being just south of Interstate 80, an already established employee base and the longevity of success enjoyed there as being crucial in coming to the decision to build a new facility.
"We were very confident in the sustainability of this location and that we could continue to grow some business from here," Buck said. "Being able to work with the service manager here, Don Musser, to buy this piece of property was fantastic."
The dealer is set to offer local customers a variety of new and used equipment for sale, including tractors, mowers, utility vehicles, small excavators, skid steers and more.
According to Buck, the dealer will employ around 15 people to start, with plans to increase that number from between 20 to 25 employees over time.
"We're extremely excited for our employees and customers here just to be able to offer them a modern, new facility with the efficiency and work environment that will come with that," Buck said, noting current employees in the Fairmount location have over 430 years of industry knowledge.
"The shopping experience for our customers is going to be phenomenal," he said.
Buck said an integral piece of the new dealer's development would relate to how it affects the local community at large.
Buck added, "We know it's great for the community and we want to be a part of every community we're in. That's extremely important to us. We want to give back to the communities that are supporting us."
The store's grand opening is expected to take place soon after construction finishes next summer.
Until then, officials say Landpro's Facebook page and website will highlight the construction of the site over the coming months.