Kubota switches Scotland dealer after 40 years

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The Kubota dealership for Scotland has changed hands for the first time in more than 40 years.

The manufacturer has ditched Molson Young Plant Sales to award the full-line franchise to HRN Tractors Ltd which is handling the equipment across its six depots.

Grangemouth-based Jarvie Plant is a big customer for Kubota equipment.

Young Plant Sales was credited with introducing mini excavators to Scotland when it was awarded the franchise for Kubota equipment in the late 1970s. The family business was acquired by Molson Group in 2016.

HRN is representing Kubota’s construction range throughout Scotland; agricultural products will be available from depots north of Perth, and ground care and professional turf products in the territory north of Dundee. HRN also sells Hyundai excavators and wheeled loaders in Scotland, a franchise that had previously been handled for 12 years by Young Plant Sales.

Hamish Bruce, dealer principal of HRN, said Kubota had “massive potential” for market growth in Scotland.

The company was established by the Barclay family in 1980 and is well-known throughout the farming community. As well as extensive dealership operations, the family farms across 2,000 acres of combinable crops and is home to the pedigree Harestone herd. Its head office is at Insch and there are depots at Turriff, Kinloss, Muir of Ord, Caithness and Balbeggie.

David Hart, managing director of Kubota (UK), commented: “As a full-line dealer, HRN Tractors will be in a strong position to make the future investments required in facilities, technology and staff, to actively support our customers across agricultural, ground care and construction sectors.” 

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