HOLDREGE — LandMark Implement has endured changes for more than seven decades and has grown from a small business serving Phelps County area farmers to a company that includes 16 locations spanning two states, according to an announcement that LandMark is one of the Phelps County Development Corp.’s Businesses of the Year.
Lost Way Brewery of Holdrege also was chosen by the Phelps County Development Corp. as one of its 2018 Businesses of the Year.
“We were very honored and surprised by the award,” said Alex McClymont, LandMark’s aftermarket manager and great-grandson of founder Clyde McClymont.
McClymont Implement started in 1947 when Clyde McClymont and his son, Dick, purchased the Holdrege John Deere dealership. They constructed the current John Deere sales and service facility in 1973. Alex’s dad, Richard, and uncle, Ted, followed in their grandfather and father’s footsteps and continued to grow the business in the 1980s.
In 1994, the company expanded with the purchase of the Alma dealership. In 2006, LandMark Implement Inc. was formed with four dealerships: Holdrege and Minden in Nebraska, and Smith Center and Phillipsburg, Kan. It then grew to include dealerships in Lexington, Gothenburg, Arapahoe, Kearney and Shelton.
In 2016, LandMark merged with another John Deere dealer and grew to 16 dealerships spanning from eastern Kansas and Nebraska to the Nebraska panhandle.