Twelve John Deere dealers in southern Minnesota have consolidated under the name Kibble Equipment through two separate acquisitions. Steve Kibble, owner of Mankato Implement, bought the Detke-Morbac dealership in Blue Earth, while his cousin Butch Kibble bought another John Deere business in Sleepy Eye. Deere itself has pushed for consolidation and now has 700 dealership owners, down from 1,600 in the 1970s, Kibble said.

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