Ariens makes deal to buy out Auburn Industries

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  1. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Today, Ariens closed the deal to buy out Auburn Industries. Auburn produced the Everide and Great Dane machines before they went bankrupt. This should assure parts for those machines will remain available.
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    What are they going to do with it?? There are alot of family that are affected by this.


    Gravely seems to have the stuff together, i dont see them using (auburn) for there mowers. thats what deere had to do to have a commercial mower.

    John
     
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    In the press release I read, Ariens folks said they would rehire about 40 employees. They had previously stated they had no interest in operating the Auburn plant.
    MY GUESS IS THIS: Ariens will finish production of some of the machines already on the line. They will inventory everything, and move the whole parts and manufacturing operation back to the existing Ariens plants in Wisconsin. Those plants can easily absorb this production. I also believe they might keep one or two of the Everide ZTR models and put them into production as Gravely machines The stand-up machines will be built as Gravely machines, and also under the J.D. name. Everide and Great Dane will no longer exist as brands. This is my GUESS.
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    So do you think the standers will get the new gravely deck??? what do they need the everide riders for??
     
  5. DCE

    DCE LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've heard rumors that they were interested in buying Auburn, so this confirms it. Thanks for the update!
     
  6. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Because that warrior kicks butt! Articulating front end, deck is attached to the front of mower helps with scalping. And it will flat out mow.
     
  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would think they would want to reduce costs by using the Gravely decks across the line, and the Gravely decks are pretty darn good.
    I was thinking that maybe one or two of the Everide ZTR's has some good design features that Gravely would want to keep. They could just add these to the Gravely 200 series lineup. Heck, who knows what they might do. As a Gravely dealer, I will pass along any info. I get.
     
  8. Cedar Valley Landscapes

    Cedar Valley Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    Darn I was hoping toro/exmark would pick them up and start making a stander. Then i would finally get a stander.
     
  9. Envy Lawn Service

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    My guess is that won't be far off.

    But I can see where they might re-open in Auburn too on a small-scale production basis. Basically just stander production and whatever since the plant is already equipped for it.

    That is unless they didn't buy the real estate... or Wisconsin can produce them more cost effectively.
     
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Theres is better
     

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