New retail hub Landpower’s ‘base for the future’

Landpower founder Herby Whyte and Claas Group chairwoman Cathrina Claas-Muhlhauser at the opening...
Landpower founder Herby Whyte and Claas Group chairwoman Cathrina Claas-Muhlhauser at the opening of the agricultural machinery company’s new retail hub site on the outskirts of Christchurch. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Agricultural machinery company Landpower has opened a new retail hub in Christchurch’s Yaldhurst.

The purpose-built facility servicing farmers and contractors is the new home of former retail, parts and office sites across Canterbury.

Landpower chief executive Richard Wilson said the new building reflected the developing world of agricultural technology as Landpower headed into its 50th year in business next year.

The family-owned business had a world-class facility now for the latest agricultural machinery, he said.

Founder Herby Whyte said he had invested back into his company since his days farming in Southland and the new site represented the next phase of investment.

Landpower has shifted its agriculture machinery base to a new site in Christchurch’s Yaldhurst.
Landpower has shifted its agriculture machinery base to a new site in Christchurch’s Yaldhurst.
"I have always had a long-term view and this building is our base for the future. We will be bringing more staff into the region for training and career progression, and showing our commitment to Canterbury agriculture."

Additional features are an area for equipment demonstrations where farmers can view and test equipment and a training facility.

The site has six retail service workshop bays, two advanced training bays and a parts distribution centre with more than 30,000 part lines.

Attending last month’s opening ceremony was Claas Group chairwoman Cathrina Claas-Muhlhauser, who in her first visit to New Zealand met customers and visited farms throughout the South Island.

The building was opened by Associate Minister of Agriculture Nicola Grigg.