Deere's Breningmeyer issues statement on Lesco acquisition Gregg Breningmeyer, director of marketing & sales for John Deere Golf & Turf One Source has issued a statement regarding the company's acquisition of Lesco and what that acquisition will mean to the golf course industry. John Deere formally completed its acquisition of Lesco after receiving regulatory and shareholder approval in May 2007. Breningmeyer said that while John Deere Landscapes will officially house the former Lesco business, John Deere Golf & Turf One Source is looking forward to employing Lescos competencies in the golf and turf industry as well. The agronomic expertise provided by the merger will allow Deere to continue building a seamless, comprehensive product and service offering for its customers. Breningmeyer said, "To make the most of this merger, we went back to our customers for additional feedback and to understand what they believed was missing in current industry-wide offerings. Armed with this research, we are making adjustments within the One Source program to meet our customers wants and needs." Changes that will take effect in the new fiscal year beginning November 1, 2007 include: Lesco agronomic products, as well as some current One Source partner products, will be available through the One Source program John Deere One Source distributors will carry both equipment and irrigation heads and controllers and provide finance options for those products as well Former Lesco employees will complement that offering as the agronomic arm of One Source with a focus on seed, fertilizer and chemicals Stores on Wheels will continue to provide exclusive golf offerings In addition to Stores on Wheels, customers will also be able to purchase golf and turf agronomic products through John Deere Landscapes gold branches (formerly Lesco service centers) Lescos headquarters operations and activities will be moved to the John Deere Landscapes headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga., but the company plans to keep an office in Cleveland, Ohio During this transition and well into the future, we will employ customer feedback to make the One Source offering the best possible choice for golf course superintendents, owners, builders and management companies," Breningmeyer said. "We look forward to providing our customers with the products, service and relationships they desire all backed by the 170-year history and expertise of John Deere."