In a move that has been several years in the making, four farm, industrial and power equipment associations have voted to merge into one organization. The four merging associations include the Western Equipment Dealers Association, the Midwest-SouthEastern Equipment Dealers Association, the United Equipment Dealers Association and the Equipment Dealers Association. The new organization will be called North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA).
“We appreciate the overwhelming level of support that we have been given by our members,” says Tom Rosztoczy, chair of the Long-Range Planning Group and president and CEO of Stotz Equipment. “Now that our members have ratified the merger resolutions, we will start with our transition plan and consolidate our resources, taking the best of all four organizations to enhance our value proposition to dealers.”
After the consolidation is complete, with a goal date of July 1, 2022, dealer members of each of the four associations will not be affected and will interact with their association in the same way they have in the past.
“A major reason for proceeding with this merger is the fact our members will benefit from a larger, financially strong association that will provide more services to address the needs of today’s equipment dealers,” Rosztoczy says. “I am very pleased with the confidence that our members have shown in this unification plan.”
The newly formed organization will continue to focus on dealer priorities, namely representing dealers’ interests with manufacturers and government regulators in Ottawa, Ontario and Washington, D.C. NAEDA will also continue to represent dealers on regulatory issues in the 24 U.S. capitals of the states involved in the merger and in nine Canadian provinces. NAEDA will work with all regional equipment dealer associations in North America that are representing agricultural, construction, industrial, forestry, outdoor power, lawn and garden and turf equipment dealers.