Tumac sells Kubota line, keeps John Deere

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WALLA WALLA -- Tumac Outdoor Equipment has sold its Walla Walla Kubota dealership to a Yakima company, officials said.

Blueline Equipment Co. bought the dealership and has entered into a long-term lease at Tumac's Rose Street building, where the company will continue to serve general customers as well as small-acreage farmers.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Tumac will continue to operate its John Deere stores in Walla Walla, Dayton and Lewiston. The Walla Walla operation will also continue to carry Stihl and Honda Power Equipment.

Michael McClure, who has managed the Rose Street Tumac, will continue in that role with Blueline. In a prepared statement he said the company's approach to business is similar to Tumac's. "We couldn't be happier to continue to serve the Walla Walla Valley with the high-quality equipment, parts and service they grew to expect with Tumac."

Blueline has four others in the Columbia Basin, including Moses Lake, Yakima, Sunnyside and Pasco. Blueline President Gregg Marrs said the move to Walla Walla is a "logical extension of our product reach and will allow us to better serve landowners and farm interests in the Inland Northwest."

In addition to carrying Kubota equipment, Blueline manufactures and sells a proprietary line of orchard and vineyard equipment through its company-owned stores.

Long known for its John Deere store, Tumac acquired the local Kubota dealership with the 2005 purchase of the former Carroll Adams Tractor Co.

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