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It's official: Great Dane and Everide factory shut down

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowingman, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    Due to financial problems, Auburn Consolidated Industries has closed it's doors and laid off it's employees. This could be the end of the Great Dane and Everide brands.
    It is possible that another mower manufacturer might buy the remains of this company, but my guess is these two brands are gone for good.
    Now, who might pick up the pieces???
  2. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,139

    AND a Toro Stander is on the way.... Hmmmmm?
  3. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    I thought Deere owned Great dane? O well you learn something new everyday.:usflag:
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Well, Wright products makes the Stander, sentar and the velke's grass gobblers and other attachments so.......
  5. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 523

    I haven't seen nothing of this news. You have a link or something to verify?
  6. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,067

    There might go the JD quik trak and Gravely stander.
  7. DCE

    DCE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 311

    I was told ACI made the Quik Traks and I know for sure they made the Gravely Pro Stance. Sorry to hear about the closing of ACI, it's kind of hard to compete in an industry where the big name, major players capture a handsome portion of the business.
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    Interesting ... this is the first I've heard of it !!
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    What I find interesting is their claims of having been in business for 20 years...
    I suppose in all things there is no such thing as any number of years makes us any safer from a failure than not, but as a rule I would think by the time you've got 20 years in little should phase you... That or you've been losing money the entire time or just lost the drive and ambition for it, I still don't quite get it thou (thou in as many ways I hope I never do).

    The worst is parts, most can be bought aftermarket by cross-referencing (what a pita thou) but there may come a day when I have to trash a perfectly good mower because of something that can't be replaced.

    LOL how do you think I feel making payments to the finance company when Everride got their money, I'm left without support but I still have to pay off the loan... So that ought to be the deal, you go out of business means I get out of making the rest of my payments dog gone it.

    But more than a few dealers stuck their necks out too, I suppose we gave Everride what they deserved for a new company, see here's what I don't 'get' about this 20 year thing, everybody deserves that chance thou, pass or fail, it's all good.
  10. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    That's really sad to hear, I hope someone with deep pockets can help them out, I wonder if they went through all the bankrupcy protection etc like Delta did?

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