Long Time Wisconsin Farm Implement Manufacturer Stops Making Farm Equipment

The Gehl Company in West Bend said Monday it won't make agricultural equipment anymore because of the changing dairy industry.

The company has been making agriculture implements for nearly 150 years, but will close its West Bend plant within 60 days, resulting in the loss of about 140 jobs.

Gehl CEO William Gehl says the company decided to discontinue the line because of the consolidation in the dairy industry. He says many of the small dairy farm customers have either retired or sold their operations to larger producers.

Twenty years ago, Gehl began moving into the light construction equipment market. It makes a line of skid loaders and small excavators.

The company was founded in 1859. Its headquarters will remain in West Bend, with a staff of about 175.