Mahindra to launch Midwest distribution center in Lyons

Indian tractor maker Mahindra, in partnership with Kansas-based Kansas Tractor Works and KMW, is opening a Midwest distribution center.

The Mahindra Authorized Distribution Center in Lyons serves the north-central U.S. and the prairie provinces of Canada. A year ago, the facility opened as a stocking point, installing loaders, backhoes and other attachments on Mahindra tractors, and has gradually ramped up to become a distribution point, installing tires and batteries in addition to the attachments.

Mahindra’s professional-grade compact tractors range from 22 horsepower to 100 horsepower.

The center is owned and operated by Mike and Diane Bender of Sterling. The Benders have owned KMW, a manufacturer of front-end loaders, backhoes and related equipment based in Sterling, since 1997.

In 2000, KMW started supplying loaders to Mahindra USA and this year will produce at factories in Sterling and Great Bend 8,000 loaders and backhoes, with most sold under the Mahindra label.

In 2010, they started Kansas Tractor Works in Lyons, where the new Mahindra distribution center is based. The plant employs nine, with support from Sterling. Kansas Tractor Works had installed about 700 loaders and assembled about 500 tractors through November.

The grand opening for the operation will be 11 a.m. Jan. 22 at 1404 E. Iron St., Lyons.