Sale of Tumac Machinery complete

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WALLA WALLA - Tumac Machinery's John Deere dealership has officially been sold.

The Pap Group Inc., a Eugene holding company for capital equipment dealerships throughout the West, announced it completed its acquisition of assets from the Walla Walla dealership Friday.

"We are extremely excited about this opportunity and eager to meet the hard-working customers throughout Walla Walla, Umatilla and Columbia counties," said Pap Machinery Inc. President Rodger Spears in a prepared statement. "Our team if focused on serving the needs of our customers and earning their business by providing consistent, quality customer service, a cornerstone of every Pap company since 1938."

Terms of the purchase - including price - were not disclosed.

The move expands Pap's John Deere agriculture and turf sales and service. The company has also acquired dealerships throughout Eastern Washington and Northwestern Idaho, bringing its number of John Deere locations in the region to six.

The company said it will continue to provide sales, parts and service support for Honda, STIHL and other manufacturers at the Walla Walla location, 3037 E. Melrose St.

The John Deere dealership had been owned by Tim Larkin and Dan and Sarah McClure.

In an interview earlier this month, Larkin said most of operation's 30 employees are expected to continue under the new ownership, minus a couple of administrative positions, including his own.

The Pap Group businesses include Pap Machinery Inc., Pap Material Handling Inc., Pap Kenworth, Ditch Witch Northwest, Bobcat West, Engineered Products and Pap Rents.

Pap Machinery, the authorized dealer for John Deere and numerous other equipment brands, has 11 Washington locations, plus six in Oregon, seven in California, three in Idaho and one in Nevada.

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