R W Crawford Agricultural Machinery Ltd opens in Hampshire

AGCO are delighted to announce that Crawfords will be opening a new branch in Ropley, Hampshire, later this summer.

The site is conveniently located on the A31 between Arlesford and Alton in East Hampshire and was previously occupied by another agricultural dealer, William Wheatley Ltd. Commenting, Wes Crawford, Managing Director of Crawfords “The area of responsibility covering Sussex and Hampshire awarded to Crawfords in 2019 by Fendt and Valtra is geographically very large. Consequently, travel times between our customers in Hampshire and our Billingshurst branch are significant. As part of our strategic plan, once we had established our Billingshurst operation, it has been our ambition to offer a greater level of local support to our Hampshire customers by opening a local outlet. The new site will work hand in glove with our Billingshurst operation ensuring we can fully support the whole area, delivering Crawfords high levels of customer service and support”.

Crawfords will represent Fendt’s full product line, from large tractors and combines to the specialist 200 series tractors serving the fruit and vineyard markets alongside Valtra’s full complement of tractors and Manitou’s full Agricultural and compact range. Väderstad and Amazone, as well as other Crawford product ranges will also be represented. The Ropley operation and this move has the full support of both AGCO and Manitou.

Furthermore, Crawfords are delighted to announce the appointment of James Freemantle who will take a business development role for the Hampshire region. James will be known to many farmers in the area having worked within the local agricultural machinery trade for many years. This appointment follows Greg Delaney as Area Sales Manager for North Hampshire who joined the team in April. “A small number of our Billingshurst team will be relocating to Ropley, including Michael Bridges, Area Sales Manager in South Hampshire, and Luke Smallbone as Parts Sales Advisor. However, we will be recruiting new team members, specifically technical support staff”, said Wes Crawford.