Editorial: Way to go, AGCOAfter speaking Thursday afternoon at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in Minneapolis, Gov. Mark Dayton — clad in suit and tie — flew to Jackson for an economic development announcement that had statewide ramifications.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
After speaking Thursday afternoon at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in Minneapolis, Gov. Mark Dayton — clad in suit and tie — flew to Jackson for an economic development announcement that had statewide ramifications.
Fittingly, the governor had shed his formal attire, emerging in a plaid shirt and casual pants. It was a good thing, since he rode into the Jackson event in a new Massey-Ferguson tractor.
The site was the community’s AGCO facility, and the news was indeed big: the company would be expanding and building a 75,000-square-foot addition to its tractor assembly building. More than 100 jobs would be created as AGCO works toward becoming the “North American home of the best, most fuel-efficient, high-horsepower row crop tractor in the country,” as Director of AGCO Jackson Operations Eric Fisher said.
Notably, this wasn’t the first large-scale economic development announcement at AGCO involving a governor.
On July 11, 2003, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was at the controls of the first $300,000 tracked hightech, high-horsepower Challenger tractor manufactured in Jackson by AGCO. The Challenger operation had relocated from DeKalb, Ill., to southwest Minnesota. The Challenger move ultimately helped pave the way for Thursday’s announcement, as did the “900 people we have on the Jackson campus,” as Dist. 22 Sen. Doug Magnus put it. “When you’ve got people like that and you work they do, with the quality of work they do, that is ... the strongest selling point I think we have,” Magnus added.
Hard work — and good work — paid off, and the community of Jackson has every reason to be proud.