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Nortrax, division of John Deere, opens facility in Merrill Submitted: 08/19/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
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Nortrax, division of John Deere, opens facility in Merrill
MERRILL - A $5 million facility that just opened in Merrill hopes to give people a place to learn more about heavy equipment and technology.

On Friday, Nortrax, a division of John Deere, celebrated the grand opening of a facility. Dozens of community members and officials were at the ribbon cutting.The process to open up the location on South Pine Ridge started a few years ago.


"We're close to the Wausau-area, which is a good construction area. We're also here to take care of our forestry customers, [who] seem to be located more [in the rural community] and we're very pleased to be close to them also," said John Deere Construction and Forestry President Max Guinn.

Guinn says people can stop for parts and get their John Deere products serviced at Nortrax.

As of right now, the opening of the new facility has created three jobs, but John Deere representatives say there could be more opportunities.

"As the market grows and our market share grows, the demand to take care of our customers will grow and the opportunities for employment will as well," said General Manager Matt Hanson.

Hanson also says there used to be facilities in Mosinee and Monico, but John Deere supervisors combined them in what they consider to be a more central location in Merrill.


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