Hunt Forest Group has announced an agreement to acquire neighbouring John Deere dealership C Smart Agricultural Services, in line with Deere’s ‘dealer of tomorrow strategy’.
This move brings together both agricultural and turf equipment sales in a single business covering most of central and southern England, while simplifying all aspects of parts and service supply to customers in the area, the manufacturer says.
All Smart’s employees are being transferred as part of the sale, along with the three existing branch locations in Dorset and Somerset which will continue to operate under the business name Smart Ag Services. The expansion will see Hunt Forest Group nearly double in size, employing about 180 people in total.
Hunt Forest managing director Tim Hunt said: “We have always had close links with Colin Smart in the past and on a personal note I would like to thank him for continuing to help throughout this process and being so positive. We share the same core values that encompass our business ethics, staff and customers and I believe this has been key to completing the sale.”
Hunt Forest Group supplies the full John Deere product range from six outlets covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. A John Deere dealer since 1971, the company today employs about 115 staff and has a strong focus on customer service, first established by the late Roger Hunt who also helped the Smart family set up its dealer business.
The company is particularly well recognised for support and sales of John Deere combines, self-propelled forage harvesters and Precision Ag services, with its specialist teams and experience. “This expansion of our business allows us to provide support to both our agricultural and professional turf customers across the region, with access to more machines, parts and technical know-how, as well as training and advice,” said Mr Hunt.