14 Years Ago...08/08/17
Lankota is in our 14th year as officially doing business as a family owned business – straight off the farm. I remember, because we were so busy growing Lankota and farming, I didn’t have time to buy Lance, the oldest son, a 16th birthday present. In a last-minute effort, I picked up a T-Shirt at the local Runnings store that actually said “Runnings” on it and presented it to him while we were packing parts the evening of his birthday. Needless to say, he wasn’t impressed. And I was embarrassed. But here we are today, Lance is now in charge of making the parts and Dakota is overseeing the packaging.
There have been challenges through these 14 years, undoubtedly; finding the right people, finding the right partners in terms of bankers, attorneys, and insurance companies, finding the right balance of marketing and sales, and of course, the ups and downs of the ag market. Yet, today, with all the challenges, Lankota is standing strong when others in the ag arena have struggled.
What has contributed to our success? There are certain areas that have helped us maintain and sustain:
- Clarity. A clear vision of what Lankota is, what market we serve, with what type of products, and how we are going to serve that market is always front and center.
- Energy. The average age of the team at Lankota is under 40, without me, of course. I skew the curve. Having a young team creates a high level of energy. Take that energy, the combined intelligence and experience, and it forces everyone to be on their A-game.
- Excellence is the Expectation. We know who our competition is and it is a force to be reckoned with every day. In every way, we need to be out performing and delivering results.
- Productive for Profitability. It is one thing to be productive, it is another to realize that being productive enhances the bottom-line. Every team member needs to understands how they play a part in the over-all picture.
- Being a Company of Integrity and Influence. Whether it is internally with the team or externally with vendors, customers, or the community, it is Lankota’s intention to do business with integrity and continue to grow as a company of influence.
- Be Courageous. As entrepreneurs, that may just be in the DNA. But if growth is a part of the vision, then courage is a must. The world is a chess board; growth is just a matter of strategy.
Combine Clinic Season08/01/17
It is that time of the year again. Dealers from across the nation are starting to host combine clinics for their customers to help farmers prepare for this year’s harvest season. LANKOTA is ready to help!
Over the course of the next few weeks the Lankota Sales Team will be traveling to various dealerships to assist with combine clinics. Currently we have upcoming combine clinics in Indiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska, with more locations filling up every week! During these combine clinics, Lankota also offers onsite training courses for dealership sales, service, and parts staff on all Lankota product! If your dealership is hosting a combine clinic or even an open house for your customers, and would like us to attend your event, please contact the Lankota Sales Team.
While Lankota is stocking up shelves, there are always one or two parts that Lankota can never get enough of. These parts hardly ever sit on the shelves for more than a couple of days. Can you guess one of the parts I am talking about? One is the Lankota Contour Master Tilt Frame.
For this product Lankota relies on getting the old frames back from dealers and farmers. Lankota takes the old frame and retrofits it into a new one. Our very talented welders replace the hooks on the top to the new design and beef it up to make it work for attaching to newer series heads.
Lankota will purchase any old frames off a 00, 10 or 50 series combine for $425.00. Give Rachel a call at 866-526-5682 if you have any of these laying around and are ready to make a little profit from them.
Ag Driven Innovation07/05/17
Here at Lankota, we strive to develop products that fit the needs of our customers. At a farm show last year, we met with a customer who wanted a different take on our combine hitches. He wanted the swiveling function of our LANTH910 hitch, but didn’t think it was necessary to have the telescoping function as well.
In 2017, we are now introducing the LANTH620 combine hitch. The hitch swivels to 3 different positions for left-hand towing, center-line towing, and folded against the rear axle for transport and avoiding straw build up on the hitch. The hitch can be attached with either a bolt-on pin style hitch or pintle hitch. Another Ag Driven Innovation from Lankota that will save you time, save you money, and make harvesting go a little smoother.
What’s happening at Lankota?
The Lankota Sales Team is gearing up for the busy season to hit this July. As a team, we will be attending farm shows, hosting dealer clinics and attending combine clinics at dealerships.
We are looking forward to being at the Farm Progress show, in Decatur Illinois, at the end of August. We had a great time there two years ago and are excited to get back there.
Lankota is hosting a dealer clinic on location in July, during which we invite dealers to enjoy a day of learning about Lankota products. Dealerships may also invite us to attend combine clinics that they host for their farmers. We enjoy attending these clinics, because of the one on one time we get with dealers and local farmers in that area.
Fabrication and warehouse employees, here at Lankota, are busy getting the shelves stocked up for busy season, making it possible to ship the orders the same day they are placed.
Monday, June 5, it is “wheels up” for Robbie Sonne, a Sales Technician with Lankota. Robbie will be heading north to the Ontario providence to visit John Deere® and Case IH® dealers. Expeditions like this are a key part of Lankota’s customer service approach. By staying in touch with our customers and with the agricultural market, we know how to better serve them.
The biggest thing we can do is listen to our customers and answer any questions or concerns they may have. And meeting their needs is a top priority for Lankota. Although we could do this over the phone, developing the personal relationship, putting a face with the voice, is very important for developing trust and belief that we are going to do what we promise. Lankota has built their reputation on this promise, whether that be shipping same day, building a quality product, or being cost competitive.
Lankota has coined a phrase for these road trips as “Milk Runs.” How did that come about? Well, when in generations past and milk was delivered to the home each morning, who knew the family better than the “Milk Man”? It is Lankota’s goal to know our customers and what they need, thus the “Milk Run.”
Lankota Expanding Footprint in Australia04/24/17
Two header manufacturers, one in western Australia and one in eastern Australia, have been loyal customers of Lankota products for many years. Lankota is excited to visit eastern Australia in early May of 2017 and finally meet with some of these friends they have been doing business with. Marvie Tschetter, President & CEO, and Brady Teveldal, R&D & Product Specialist, at Lankota will also be visiting John Deere® & CNH® dealers, as well as some larger farmers in the area between Brisbane and Melbourne. This area is some of the highest producing crop ground in Australia. Teveldal has been told that the landscape in this area is similar to that in the mid-west of the United States. The equipment, combines & headers, used in this area of Australia are also similar to what is found in the Midwest of the USA. The Lankota team is intentionally working on expanding product awareness and exploring opportunities that may exist internationally. Australia is a great place to begin this process as there is already a strong base to build from.
Lankota has more to offer than just combine and header adapters. Lankota also provides kits for spring field work. For many, spring field work can mean getting in the field as soon as possible. This can mean fields are in less than ideal condition. In those situations, Lankota offers tow cable kits for John Deere® and Case IH® 4WD tractors. Lankota can help the farmer out of those “muddy” conditions with a tow cable kit. Lankota offers tow cable kits for 9000, 9020, 9030, 9R and 9RX series John Deere® tractors and many different models for Case IH® tractors.
Lankota will be able to help anyone that has a larger tractor and smaller implements to get those spring jobs completed before planting season starts. New to Lankota is a category 4 to 3 drawbar pin conversion. The best part about Lankota’s pin conversions is that they install and remove quickly without any tools needed! Lankota offers category 5 to 4 pin conversion as well, which can be used on John Deere®, Case IH®, New Holland® and other tractors with category 5 drop pin drawbar. Let Lankota be your tractor accessory supplier this spring to help get all jobs done to make planting 2017 easy on you!
The Daily Republic - SD family builds Lankota Group into thriving Huron business05/20/16
"...It started out as a hobby for Kim Tschetter, a way to keep his hands busy innovating farm equipment. When Tschetter delved into the entrepreneurial field, he realized he had hit a niche market for farmers.
Meet the Tschetters of Lankota Group, a multifaceted fabrication and warehouse facility that distributes more than 600 products worldwide from its doorstep in Huron. The business' drive to deliver solution-based, after-market products for farming equipment and machinery was born in 2001..." read more