Regina-based ag equipment manufacturer Brandt Group of Companies has announced what it describes as a “major expansion into the U.S. market” with a deal to buy a 200,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Illinois.

Brandt is buying a plant and equipment at Bloomington-Normal from Kongskilde Industries, which was acquired by New Holland earlier this year. It’s the company’s first manufacturing venture in the U.S.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to expand our manufacturing footprint directly into the American market,” says Brandt president, Shaun Semple, in a news release. “This is a world-class manufacturing facility and we are delighted to add it to other recent major investments in Canadian centres such as Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary and Fort St. John.”

The facility is situated on 40 acres of land near Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and is “fully equipped with the latest tooling, including a modern powder-coat paint line.”

Brandt says the facility will be used to build equipment for U.S. corn and soybean growers.

The deal with Kongskilde is expected to close December 15, 2017.

Related: New Holland Agriculture Completes Acquisition of Kongskilde Agriculture

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