Papé Machinery Construction buys Pasco John Deere dealership

A multi-million dollar new building is planned in Pasco following the sale of the John Deere dealership.

The recent acquisition of Rowand Machinery, which owned John Deere dealerships in Pasco and Spokane, by Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry has resulted in a rebranding of the location on East James Street.

Prior to the sale in the spring, Rowand Machinery applied for a $3.6 million new commercial construction permit at 1925 E. James St., according to public building records. In July, the company applied for a $286,000 permit for major mechanical work at the property.

Spokane-based Garco Construction is the general contractor.

Details about the project were not disclosed by company officials.

Eugene, Oregon-based Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry now owns nine companies throughout Washington, as well as 14 other sites in Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada.

The asset purchase of Rowand Machinery Co. was effective Aug. 4.

Neither company disclosed the financial terms of the sale.

“We are pleased to welcome the Rowand teams to Papé Machinery, where for more than 75 years we have built a reputation for always keeping our customers moving,” said Rodger Spears, president of Papé Machinery, Construction & Forestry, in a statement. “All of us with Papé Machinery look forward to supporting Rowand customers and continuing to be part of the communities the company has served for decades.”

Rowand Machinery Company has served its customers for more than 55 years and should expect a seamless transition under the new ownership, said Geoff Rowand, operations manager and general counsel, in a statement.

Rowand has remained with the company since the acquisition and is awaiting the announcement of the ground breaking on the new John Deere facility, following the completion of financing for the project.

The Papé Group has been a family-owned company since 1938, focusing on the heavy equipment industry. Its division focused on machinery, construction and forestry equipment features new and used equipment sales, a parts department and equipment rentals.

Its subsidiaries sell or lease equipment for construction, agriculture, forestry, trucking and other industries.

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