McGavin's set to merge with Robert's Farm Equipment - Feb. 7, 2019
BY DENNY SCOTT
McGavin’s Farm Equipment of Walton will soon be merging with Robert’s Farm Equipment, which has locations in Chesley, Lucknow and Mount Forest.
The companies announced the merger last week, emphasizing the fact that this was two family-owned companies coming together in a partnership, and not an acquisition.
“It’s a true, 50/50 partnership. The names will stay the same on the building and customers will still be dealing with the same people,” Brian McGavin, who co-owns the company with his brother Jeff, said in an interview with The Citizen. “Like we said in the commercial: It’s the same names, same faces and same great people, just with more resources to continue to provide unparalleled customer service and quality products to all of our customers.”
McGavin said that Robert’s has very similar values to his family’s company. Robert’s is run by two brothers who feel passionate about their communities and the service they provide to customers.
“Family and community will always be important to us,” Jeff said, emphasizing the small-town values the companies represent. “Their vision and mission are very similar, and we were both looking to secure the future of our companies at the same time.”
Robert’s also has a rich history, McGavin said, as the company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, while McGavin’s is in its 83rd year of business.
McGavin said that the families had worked together in the past, which led to the advertising hashtag that accompanied the merger: #bettertogether.
“It really will be better together,” Brian said. “We believe that for the future.”
So far, the move has been well received, McGavin said, with many understanding why this is happening.
The merger will allow both companies to establish a larger geographic service area and provide the full lines of equipment the two companies individually provide across that entire area.
The merger will be effective June 1, 2019. Watch The Citizen for more information on it closer to that date.