Great Plains Trucking, a subsidiary of Great Plains Manufacturing, was incorporated in 1981 to deliver drills to the Great Plains dealer network and bring back raw materials. Over the years, we have expanded our fleet to over 75 tractors and more than 100 trailers, and contract carrier authority has allowed our growth to include flatbed customers both in our home of Salina, Kansas, and throughout the United States and Canada. Nearly half of Great Plains Trucking revenue now comes from sources other than Great Plains Manufacturing.
Like our parent company, Great Plains Trucking shares a commitment to innovation, embracing the latest in satellite tracking and communications technologies, as well as a commitment to reinvest in our fleet so we can provide increasingly high quality services to our client base.
About Our Parent Company
Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. was established on April 1, 1976. Founder Roy Applequist, who continues to lead Great Plains today as the company's President, has seen the company grow from modest beginnings to one of the largest privately held manufacturers of agricultural implements for cultivation, seeding and planting in the United States.
For the first two and a half years, the company was located in a small shop in Salina, Kansas, before moving its operations to Assaria, Kansas, in 1979. Today, Great Plains maintains its corporate headquarters in Salina and operates eleven US-based facilities in the central Kansas communities of Abilene, Assaria, Ellsworth, Kipp, Lucas, Salina, Tipton, and Enterprise. The company also manufactures in Sleaford, England.
The Great Plains product mix was extended and diversified in 1986 with the launch of the Land Pride division. Land Pride has since rapidly established itself as a leading brand in finish mowers, rotary tillers, rotary cutters, landscape-seeding equipment, zero-turn mowers and dirtworking implements. Today, the company's products are sold through over 2,000 independent dealerships across the United States and are exported worldwide. In response to customer demand, two important further additions were made to the family of Great Plains Mfg., Inc. subsidiaries. These are Great Plains Trucking which operates over 75 trucks, delivering products to our North American dealers, and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, which provides product financing.
Great Plains' range and international presence was enhanced in 2010 with the purchase of Simba International, the UK's leading cultivation equipment manufacturer. In addition to the new office and manufacturing facilities in the UK, the Great Plains division has subsidiary offices in Russia, Ukraine and East Europe.