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  • 12.23.13 -- Leif Magnusson Chairs International Ag Committee for AEM

    Leif Magnusson (second from right), President of CLAAS of America & Regional Director Americas, for CLAAS of Omaha, Nebraska, has been elected 2014 Ag Chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry (agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors).

    AEM officers and directors work on behalf of all AEM member companies to provide strategic direction and guidance for Association services, activities and programs, in areas including public policy; equipment statistics and market information; trade shows; technical, safety and regulatory; global business development; and education/training.

    According to Magnusson, “CLAAS of America has been a member of the AEM for many years and I have been a Board Member since 2010. I am honored and excited to have been elected to the Chair of the Ag Sector Board and I look forward to continuing the momentum in executing the core services of AEM. This is a crucial time in history for us to advocate for the agricultural industry, inform and educate about safety and regulatory matters as well as continue to provide members with first class statistics and a stellar trade show program."

    CLAAS is the fourth largest agricultural equipment manufacturer in the world with more than 9,000 employees, 24 production and parts facilities, and sales in over 100 countries. It’s worldwide headquarters is in Harsewinkel, Germany. Omaha is the home of CLAAS of America, the North American headquarters of CLAAS and the only assembly plant that manufactures the LEXION combine for North American farmers. The company’s 450,000th combine rolled off the assembly floor in Omaha, Nebraska this spring.

    CLAAS celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.

    For more information on AEM, go online to www.aem.org.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claas.com or contact Marketing Coordinator, John Schofield at john.schofield@claas.com or 402-861-1027.

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  • St. Joseph, Michigan., November 13, 2011 – The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently announced that CLAAS will be the recipient of four AE50 Awards – including one for an innovation so new that it will not be revealed until a planned product launch in February 2014. The awards will be presented at the ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC) in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

    Deemed to be among the 50 most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries, CEMOS AUTOMATIC for the CLAAS LEXION combine, AUTO FILL technology used on the JAGUAR forage harvester, the DISCO 3200 Series mower and a new design feature that will be announced in February were all recognized by the esteemed engineering organization. All of these products will be featured in the January/February 2014 special AE50 issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World.

    AE50 Award Winners

    CEMOS AUTOMATIC -- CEMOS (CLAAS Electronic Machine Optimization System) AUTOMATIC continuously adjusts small grain separation and cleaning settings in constantly changing harvesting conditions. As a result, the machine is able to automatically deliver maximum throughput in wheat, canola, oats and other small grains while maintaining the highest grain quality standards and optimizing fuel efficiency.

    DISCO 3200 Front Mowers -- With a working width of 9’ 10”, the DISCO 3200 features the patented PROFIL linkage and ACTIVE FLOAT suspension systems, ensuring consistent mowing quality and cleaner forage while facilitating higher mower speeds.

    AUTO FILL -- An integrated camera on the underside of the discharge spout of the JAGUAR forage harvester monitors the fill level and volume of transport vehicles. Based on digital three-dimensional image analysis, the system calculates the most favorable location for further filling. This ensures optimum filling and reduces operator fatigue.

    *The fourth award winner will be announced in February 2014!

    According to Leif Magnusson, President of CLAAS of America, “CLAAS has a long and distinguished record as an innovator in the agricultural industry. In our 100 year history, much of our success can be attributed to engineering advancements that have led to greater efficiencies and continuous improvements in our harvesting equipment with a focus on our customers’ needs.”

    Companies from around the world submit entries to the annual AE50 competition and up to 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

    The AE50 awards program is sponsored by Resource to emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmers, food processors and equipment manufacturers cut costs, enhance quality and increase profits.

    Resource, a magazine geared to agricultural, biological and food system engineers worldwide, is produced at ASABE headquarters in St. Joseph, Michigan. The publication is read by thousands involved in the agricultural, food and biological industries.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claas.com or contact Marketing Coordinator, John Schofield at john.schofield@claas.com or 402-861-1027.

    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Its members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 or hq@asabe.org. Details can also be found at www.asabe.org

    For more information about AE50, Resource magazine or ASABE, contact Publications Director, Donna M. Hull at (269-932-7026) or hull@asabe.org

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  • 11.5.13 -- Helmut Claas Inducted into AEM Hall of Fame

    The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)  inducted three new members into the AEM Hall of Fame on November 5, 2013, including Dr. Helmut Claas, C.E.O. of CLAAS KGaA mbH.

    The official induction ceremony took place during the AEM Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Accepting on behalf of Dr. Claas, was Dr. Theo Freye, Speaker of the CLAAS Executive Board.

    The AEM Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership. Their vision and hard work have been critical to advancing global economic and social prosperity; their legacy strengthens continued industry contributions to improving our quality of life and serves as an inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders.

    AEM Hall of Fame inductees were evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry: 1) innovation, 2) industry contributions, 3) leadership, 4) corporate citizenship/social responsibility and 5) sustainability. For more information on the AEM Hall of Fame and all its inductees, go online to the AEM Hall of Fame section of the AEM website – www.aem.org/HallofFame.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 9.10.13 -- Senator Fischer and Congressman Terry Attend CLAAS 100 Year Celebration

    OMAHA, Neb. — On Saturday, September 7, 2013, CLAAS celebrated 100 years of business with an employee event at their North American headquarters in Omaha. Among those in attendance were U.S. Senator Deb Fischer and U.S. Congressman Lee Terry. The event took place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and included a world-wide webcast segment with their corporate headquarters in Germany from 12:00 until 12:30 p.m. Both legislative representatives were featured speakers on the webcast.

    Close to 500 people attended the event in Omaha, with an additional 200 attendees at the CLAAS Parts facility located in Columbus, Indiana. The celebration featured a “jumbotron” video board to show the webcast, carnival games for kids of all ages, employee prize drawings, and a barbeque feed.

    CLAAS of America established their North American headquarters and current LEXION combine assembly plant in Omaha in 2001 as a joint venture between CLAAS and Caterpillar. Since that time, CLAAS has assumed 100 percent ownership of the facility and has seen double digit grow of their combine sales over each of the last five years. The company employs close to 400 people throughout North America, more than 200 of which are at the Omaha facility. CLAAS also manages three – soon to be four – “Nebraska Harvest Center” retail locations throughout the state of Nebraska in Seward, Wayne, Kearney and beginning this fall in Ogallala.

    CLAAS one of the five largest agricultural equipment companies in the world, with 11 different production facilities spread across the globe. The company was started in Harsewinkel, Germany in 1913 by August Claas to make straw binders for European farmers. A patented knotter design quickly distinguished the company from the competition and propelled the development of a harvesting equipment line that is now sold in over 100 countries. Helmut Class, the son of August, assumed control of the company in the 1950’s and continues to oversee its operations. Cathrina Claas-Muhlhauser, will soon be the third generation to preside over the family business.

    CLAAS has a rich combine harvester heritage dating back to 1936 when the company built the first European- designed combine — a trailed combine harvester designed to simultaneously cut and thresh the grain and to bind the straw — capable of harvesting 33 tons of wheat a day. By 1942 over 1,400 of these units had been built. Continuing to build on its combine success, CLAAS introduced the self-propelled HERCULES combine product line in 1953 and began the succession of highly successful combines leading to the LEXION combine product line today. In July of this year, the 450,000th CLAAS combine rolled off the production line in Omaha.

    CLAAS of America sells and services combines, forage harvesters, balers and hay tools throughout the U.S. and Canada.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 8.27.13 -- Next Generation LEXION 600/700 Series Combines Introduced at Farm Progress Show

    8/27/2013  Decatur, IL. – After soft launches of the new LEXION 670 last November and the class 10 LEXION 780 this January at Ag Connect, CLAAS is rounding out the rest of their “700 Series” combine line at the Farm Progress Show with the now familiar updated design and enhanced features.

    “After seeing some of the updates on our latest LEXION combines, it should come as no great surprise that many of the same features and design cues have now found their way to the rest of our LEXION line,” said Jeff Gray, product coordinator of CLAAS in North America.

    The LEXION line is now available with the following models:

    • LEXION 780/780TT (Class 10) – replaces the LEXION 770 as the company’s highest capacity model
    • LEXION 760/760TT (Class 9) – delivers throughput to spare
    • LEXION 750/750TT (Class 8) – includes a high-speed (25 mph) TERRA TRAC option
    • LEXION 740/740TT (Class 7) – includes a high-speed (25 mph) TERRA TRAC option
    • LEXION 730P (Class 7) – a new “performance” addition to the LEXION line.
    • LEXION 730 (Class 6) – a few less horses that the 730P
    • LEXION 670/670TT (Class 7) – the straw walker LEXION combine, now with a TERRA TRAC option

    All of the new LEXION combines get a bump in horsepower, while delivering greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions. The new series offers a horsepower range of 320 to 543 HP at 1,900 rpm.

    In addition to their Tier 4 engine enhancements, the new LEXION 700 series features an all-new DYNAMIC COOLING system. This variable speed, horizontally mounted cooling system draws clean cool air from above the combine, pulling it through the engine coolers and out all-new exhaust vents . . . creating a curtain effect that prevents dust from recirculating. The new, more efficient, cooling system draws less horsepower than its predecessor, allowing more horsepower to be used to maximize header, threshing and separation performance.

    The LEXION 730-750 models come equipped with an all new center link suspension that helps transfer the weight of the combine better.  Suspension and stability were also enhanced with a 4-link rear axle in the company’s largest LEXION 780 and 760 models. The patented CLAAS design allows for increased mobility with tires up to 67.3 inches high. The 4-link axle also features lateral movement and allows for more flexibility and a smaller turning radius.

    “The design is unique to CLAAS and an industry exclusive. It not only enables the rear axle to pivot, but also gives a swing motion for enhanced turning capability and efficiency ... You get more oscillation and a tighter, more efficient turning radius,” Gray said.

    An optional, all-wheel drive POWER TRAC is available in the new series with the press of a button. The powerful yet fuel efficient drive capitalizes on a second hydrostatic drive on the rear axle; additional traction can be employed and intelligent control technology can be engaged while on the move.

    CLAAS Electronic Machine Optimization System (CEMOS) technology, is another option available on the latest LEXION combines. In corn and soybeans, a dialog-based version of the CEMOS system helps the operator make the correct combine settings for optimal speed and grain retention. In small grains, CEMOS AUTOMATIC continually adjusts the settings based on the operator’s chosen parameters as harvest conditions change with weather and yields.

    A new header drive also provides for improved fuel conservation and performance on larger heads. The drive is capable of a constant output of 107 horsepower, with options of up to 268 horsepower. Maximum power can be reached and the right drive can be attained for every application.

    What hasn’t changed is the CLAAS-patented Accelerated Pre-Separation (APS) system, which is the heart of all LEXION combines. The system consists of 3 cylinders; the APS cylinder, the main threshing cylinder and the impeller cylinder. The exclusive APS cylinder pre-separates up to 30% of the grain before it is fed into the dual rotors of the ROTO PLUS separation system found in all LEXION 700 series combines – or straw walkers, in the case of the LEXION 670.  

    A 29.2 foot auger adds to the unloading capacity of the new LEXION combines. This option is capable of an unloading rate of up to 3.8 bushels per second. Coupled with the new auger is the PROFI CAM camera system, which is positioned to monitor the unloading process and residue management system performance.

    For operator comfort, an all-new leather operator’s seat comes standard with heating and ventilation controls.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 5.9.2013 -- CLAAS reflects on first 100 years of innovations

    5/9/2013

    OMAHA, Neb. – Over the last century, CLAAS has evolved from a small manufacturer of straw binders into a global leader of agricultural implement innovations.

    August Claas founded the company in 1913 in Germany, and was soon joined by his three brothers – Bernhard, Franz Jr. and Theo -- to form the company “Gerbuder Claas.” In 1921, the “knotter” was patented as a device designed to create perfect knots. Over the next 90 years, the knotter would go on to become the hallmark of CLAAS.

    Later in the decade, the company expanded to the fertilizer spreader before being persuaded to explore the combine harvester market. Manufacturing of combines began in 1936 and has become a staple of CLAAS. Since the first combine rolled off the line, CLAAS has sold over 440,000 units worldwide.

    In fact, the 450,000th combine is scheduled to drive off the LEXION production line in Omaha, Nebraska in the Spring of 2013. As productivity and demand grew, CLAAS expanded beyond the borders of Germany. In 1958, a plant was constructed in Metz, France, to produce balers; the first reciprocating plunger balers were built in 1961, and the first sliding plunger balers were manufactured in 1967. Over 280,000 balers have been assembled at the Metz facility in the last six decades.

    CLAAS also took a step in tractor development with the 2003 major acquisition of French manufacturer Renault Agriculture. In 2008 CLAAS fully purchased Renault and the French workforce accounts for nearly a third of all CLAAS employees. While European expansion was taking place, CLAAS was also focusing on reaching the American market. CLAAS of America was founded as an import and distribution firm in 1979 in Columbus, Ind.

    The company quickly became a market leader in the sales and services of the JAGUAR forage harvester. During the late 1990s, a new factory for the production of LEXION combine harvesters was built in Omaha, Neb. Here, the largest capacity, most efficient combines in the world roll off the line in yellow and black paint.

    Today, CLAAS maintains 11 production facilities around the globe. Along with four facilities in Germany, the seven global plants are spread out from Hungary to India and from Argentina to Russia.

    All told, CLAAS employs more than 9,000 workers worldwide. Under the guidance of second- and third-generation CLAAS family members, Helmut Claas and his daughter Cathrina Claas-Muhlhauser, the company has stayed true to its roots as a family-run business.

    They have seen CLAAS become the fourth-largest agricultural equipment manufacturer in the world and the global market leader in the production of self-propelled forage harvesters.

    As CLAAS enters its 100th year as a family-owned agricultural manufacturer, the company is releasing a book chronicling the past century of innovation. Titled “100 Years of Harvesting Excellence”, the book contains nearly 400 pages on the history of CLAAS. The book is currently available on deliusklasing.com, and will be available in bookstores this spring.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 5.5.2013 -- University of Nebraska Student Tours European Agriculture with CLAAS

    5/9/2013

    OMAHA, Neb. – In January, 30 students from across the United State were awarded sponsorships courtesy of CLAAS of America to attend the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference, which was held in conjunction with the Ag Connect Expo in Kansas City. Of those 30 recipients, one student was chosen to receive an all-expense paid trip to Germany.

    The 2013 recipient of the Germany trip was Dylan Smith, a junior in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I have some background in agriculture and working with machinery, plus I really enjoy problem-solving, and those all seemed to fit together in ag engineering,” says Smith. Smith first learned about the AETC sponsorships at an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers student meeting at Nebraska.

    Applicants were chosen based on a number of qualifications, including their essay response to the question, “What do you feel has been the greatest contribution CLAAS has made to the world agricultural industry?” Following his trip to AETC and Ag Connect, Smith was informed that he was selected to travel to Germany with CLAAS; he was taken aback when he received the news, but was more than excited to jump at the opportunity.

    “I had never been to Europe before this and I was excited about going over there and learning more about European agriculture,” says Smith. Prior to this experience, Smith’s primary exposure to CLAAS machinery was via a former employer that used CLAAS forage harvesters. Smith had worked with CLAAS JAGUAR harvesters, and was excited to see more of the CLAAS product lineup. The tour featured trips to Amsterdam and Berlin, among the historical and educational sightseeing tours. Smith was also able to capitalize on his interest in agriculture and engineering.

    While on the tour, he was able to participate in a few driving demos at a farm and jump behind the wheel of CLAAS XERION and ARION tractors. Smith was impressed with the efficiency and work ethic of the CLAAS employees while touring the headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany, the parts warehouse and manufacturing facilities. “I was impressed with the structure of the company. The organization of their manufacturing facilities was top-notch. Also, their checks and balances once the machine is put together was pretty amazing,” says Smith. According to Smith, he learned the most about the role of CLAAS in the community. “The thing I really noticed was what they do for the community and providing jobs for people in Harsewinkel and at the other CLAAS facilities,” says Smith.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 2.19.2013 -- Class 10 LEXION 780 combine debuts with new patented CLAAS technology

    2/19/2013 OMAHA, Neb. – Visitors to the Ag Connect Conference were among the first to witness a special unveiling of the new LEXION 780 combine from CLAAS. The state-of-the-art combine is headlined by greater functionality, featuring a DYNAMIC COOLING system, 4-link rear axle and newly automated CEMOS technology.

    “This will be the top-end model, what we call Class 10 as the largest combines, capable of operating with those large headers. It is the next step in LEXION combines,” said Jeff Gray, product coordinator of CLAAS of North America.

    The trademark of the new LEXION 780 combine is a higher horsepower motor that is cooled via the DYNAMIC COOLING system. Along with the engine upgrades is a fuel efficient, 16L Mercedes-Benz diesel engine that complies with Tier 4i emission standards.

    “The new engine on the LEXION 780 produces 543 horsepower with a bulge that increases total power output to 590 horsepower,” Gray said. “To support the higher horsepower engine, CLAAS integrated a new cooling system, which we call DYNAMIC COOLING. It enhances cooling for larger engines with larger horsepower demands.”

    Placed horizontally behind the engine, the 63-inch rotating screen is able to consistently draw in clean air from the top of the combine, as opposed to being placed on the sides. A variable fan drive helps conserve power by adjusting speed automatically, depending on the level of cooling needed.

    The cooling system also maintains a barrier against dust and debris. Air that is expelled from the motor through side cooling vents creates a “curtain effect”; this method of dispersing air prevents debris buildup on the radiator.

    Suspension and stability were also enhanced with a 4-link rear axle. The patented CLAAS design allows for increased mobility with tires up to 67.3 inches high. The 4-link axle also features lateral movement and allows for more flexibility and a smaller turning radius.

    “The design is unique to CLAAS and an industry exclusive. It not only enables the rear axle to pivot, but also gives a swing motion for enhanced turning capability and efficiency ... You get more oscillation and a tighter, more efficient turning radius,” Gray said.

    In line with the automation and ease of use of the LEXION 780, the all-wheel drive POWER TRAC is engaged by the press of a button. The powerful yet fuel efficient drive capitalizes on a second hydrostatic drive on the rear axle; additional traction can be employed and intelligent control technology can be engaged while on the move.

    CLAAS has also focused on improving TELEMATICS and utilizing sensors and monitors to optimize performance in the field. CEMOS (Claas Electronic Machine Optimization System) technology, a dialogue-based system that allows the operator to establish the correct situation settings, has become automated in the new LEXION 780 series. CEMOS has reached a second stage and is now self-setting for the various situations an operator may encounter.

    A new header drive also provides for improved fuel conservation. The drive is capable of a constant output of 107 horsepower, and a variable output of up to 268 horsepower. Maximum power can be reached and the right drive can be attained for every application.

    Another CLAAS patent is the pre-accelerator in the APS threshing system. Ensuring quality and protecting against overloading are pinnacle components of the system. A closed threshing drum facilitates crop flow and gentle handling within the combine. Parallel concave controls and dis-awning plates give the operator further control over threshing performance; the advanced control allows for protection from damaging objects during harvest.

    A 29.2 foot auger adds to the unloading capacity of the LEXION 780. The 4XL grain auger is capable of an unloading rate of up to 3.8 bushels per second. Coupled with the new auger is the PROFI CAM, which is positioned to monitor the unloading process and residue management system performance.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 2.19.2013 -- LEXION 670 combine feature reduced emissions, increased horsepower and greater grain capacity

    2/19/2013 OMAHA, Neb. – Fuel efficiency, emissions controls and larger grain tank underline the list of quality components found in the new CLAAS LEXION 670 straw walker combine.

    In compliance with the Tier 4i emissions standards, the LEXION 670 model comes complete with a Cat C 9.3L, 360 horsepower engine that is capable of reaching a 394 horsepower bulge. Based on CLAAS POWER SYSTEMS technology, the emissions-friendly engine aims to deliver optimal power transfer at an exceptionally low fuel consumption rate.

    In order to maintain optimal engine temperatures — CLEAN SWEEP — a planar dust extraction system automatically sweeps and cleans the radiator. The extraction system also strives to reduce dirt accumulation on the cooling ribs.

    A hallmark of CLAAS combines — capacity combined with efficiency — the LEXION 670 unit comes complete with a 300 bushel grain tank and optional 4XL unloading auger. The higher capacity tank is designed to incorporate greater productivity and versatility. Additionally, the unloading components are more efficient; a 29.2 foot auger satisfies a 3.3 bushel per second unloading rate.

    The optional CLAAS C-MOTION JOYSTICK — recently selected as a recipient of an AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for advances in agricultural engineering — is designed to allow a three-finger operational style. The thumb, index and middle fingers are each incorporated to control separate aspects of the machine. An operator can use his or her thumb to control header height, reel height, auto-pilot and feederhouse/header stops. The index finger is used to control unloading tube swing-in and swing-out and engage/dis-engage, while the middle finger controls the rocker switch for manual header tilt control and cutter bar position.

    Ease of operation was also taken into consideration during the development of the new combine line. Born of this focus was the optional CRUISE PILOT system; this component tracks speed, feederhouse crop volume, engine load and grain losses. Through the constant monitoring of these aspects, the CRUISE PILOT system can anticipate peak loads and maintain maximum productivity levels.

    As with the previous line of LEXION 670 combines, the APS threshing system starts with a pre-accelerator that more thoroughly separates the harvested crop. Nearly 30 percent of all grain can be preseparated through the APS cylinder, thus reducing the load on the main concave. The enhanced threshing system applies higher centrifugal force, creating a net performance increase of nearly 20 percent without negatively impacting fuel consumption.

    Ensuring quality and protecting against overloading are pinnacle components of the APS threshing system. A closed threshing drum facilitates crop flow and gentle handling within the combine. Parallel concave controls and dis-awning plates give the operator further control over threshing performance; the advanced control allows for protection from damaging objects during harvest.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 1.20.2013 -- CLAAS Again Delivers Record Performance in 2012

    1/20/2013 Harsewinkel/Düsseldorf/Germany, 13 December 2012 CLAAS Impresses with Good Figures

    Sales soar to €3,436 million Return on sales of 9% Agricultural Equipment sales grow by approximately 10% Gross profit margin up significantly Income before taxes up 24% to €316 million Equity ratio tops 40% for the first time More than €300 million invested in the future

    CLAAS Continues its Successful Trend 2012 was another very successful financial year for CLAAS. The company increased sales to €3,436 million, up from €3,304 million in the previous year. Adjusted for sales generated by the Production Technology division, which was sold in 2012, CLAAS increased its agricultural equipment sales by approximately 10%.

    At €315.6 million, income before taxes was up almost 24% on the 2011 peak of €255.3 million. The return on sales was an impressive 9.2%. At the same time, earnings quality again increased considerably, with the gross profit margin rising to 26.4%.

    The foundation of the economic success of the CLAAS Group was and is the company’s ongoing innovative strength and its employees’ high level of technical expertise. This is clearly evident from numerous awards, including the gold and silver medals earned at international trade fairs, as well as prizes won both in Germany and abroad.

    Investments in the company’s future, such as those that went into expanding and modernizing production sites in France, Russia and other countries, as well as those in expanding logistics activities, are all evidence of the company’s dedication to sustainable growth. The above-mentioned investments totaled €127 million. Together with the €177 million in research and development expenses, total investments were increased to €304 million in financial year 2012.

    During the year under review, CLAAS sold its Production Technology division companies (which supply the automotive and aircraft industry) to Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, Frankfurt am Main/Germany and MBB Industries AG, Berlin/Germany as a means of developing the industry. The positive sales development of the CLAAS Group completely offset the resulting drop in sales.

    Positive Development on the Agricultural Equipment Markets All in all, willingness to invest was quite high in Western Europe, leading to good capacity utilization rates at CLAAS. Within Western Europe, the southern countries showed a more subdued mood. Higher agricultural incomes in countries such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom resulted in positive sentiment. The Central European agricultural equipment markets performed very well, while the development of markets in Eastern Europe varied during the past financial year.

    During the CLAAS 2012 financial year, the North American agricultural equipment markets recorded a high level of combine harvester sales with only a slight decline, while tractor sales increased slightly. Harvests were hit by a period of extreme heat in the US Midwest. However, this was offset by crop insurance payouts, state agricultural grants and generally high crop prices. Although the agricultural equipment markets in South America declined slightly, they are still up considerably on recent year averages.

    Asia’s agricultural equipment markets developed positively overall. However, India’s agriculture was impacted by a weak monsoon, resulting in a reduced demand for combine harvesters. In contrast, China and other Asian countries again saw a huge demand for greater mechanization.

    Growth drivers: harvesters and tractors – R&D remains in focus CLAAS is the world market leader in self-propelled forage harvesters. The company is also by far and away the market leader for combine harvesters in Europe and has seen success in a great many markets since entering the tractor industry in 2003. In the past financial year, CLAAS invested a total of €177 million (previous year: €149 million) in research and development – a new company record. The new ARION 500 and 600 tractor models, the presentation of the new generation of LEXION combine harvesters in summer 2012, and the numerous innovations in balers and forage harvest machinery were impressive examples of the development work undertaken at CLAAS.

    Number of employees worldwide is up The number of people employed by the CLAAS Group as of 30 September 2012 rose to 9,077 (previous year: 9,060) despite the sale of the CLAAS Production Technology division. The year-on-year rise is not limited to individual countries, but is instead due to the new employees engaged in all areas worldwide. In particular, the number of higher-skilled CLAAS positions climbed. CLAAS is also becoming increasingly international, with the share of people employed outside Germany rising to 49% (previous year: 45%).

    CLAAS Group in Figures

    (IFRS)

    2012 in € million

    2011 in € million

    Change in %

    Net sales

    3,435.6

    3,304.2

    + 4.0%

    Gross profit on sales

    905.5

    823.6

    + 9.9%

    EBITDA

    426.1

    377.5

    + 12.9%

    Income before taxes

    315.6

    255.3

    + 23.7%

    Net income

    232.7

    181.8

    + 28.0%

    Free cash flow

    -84.2

    156.5

    - 153.8%

    Equity

    1,094.8

    870.1

    + 25.8%

    Capital expenditure

    163.1

    93.7

    + 74.1%

    Total assets

    2,620.4

    2,389.8

    + 9.7%

    Employees as of balance sheet date (30 Sept.)

    9,077

    9,060

    + 0.2%

    Outlook

    Sustained high prices for agricultural products translate into positive incomes for farmers and subcontractors, resulting in a strong willingness on the part of CLAAS customers to invest. This outcome will be marked by regional variations, although the overall trend will be positive. The trend could be impacted to a certain extent by weather risks and trade restrictions, as well as the future development of the euro, although CLAAS does not believe that this will fundamentally change matters. CLAAS is forecasting a stable or moderate rise in sales in the coming two years on the basis of this market assessment. The company expects good earnings, although down on the high level seen in 2012. High expenses for the development program as well as the ongoing expansion of sales structures and locations will impact financial performance in 2013.

    Photo Annual press conference in Düsseldorf - the Executive Board of the CLAAS Group again delivers record performance in 2012 , from the left: Dr. Theo Freye, Lothar Kriszun, Hans Lampert and Dr. Hermann Garbers.

    For further photos, please see www. claas.com > Press > Picture Archive > 2012 > Events > Annual press conference

2012

  • 11.20.2012 -- CLAAS of America Receives Six AE50 Awards for Advances in Agricultural Engineering.

    11/20/2012 Omaha, NE – The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently announced that CLAAS has won six different AE50 awards for their advances in agricultural engineering.

    Two of the six awards were announced for innovations available on LEXION 700 Series combines:

    C-MOTION ERGONOMIC JOYSTICK C-MOTION is an ergonomically designed joystick developed to improve the operational efficiency and comfort while operating a CLAAS LEXION self-propelled combine harvester. The design of the C-MOTION joystick enables three digit (finger) operation of the joystick vs. the typical single thumb operation. Its unique shape and layout improves response time and accuracy while reducing the amount of stress often associated with conventional single digit (thumb) style joysticks. The C-MOTION joystick has its functions divided over three right-hand digits (thumb, index and middle fingers): 1) the thumb is used to control functions such as header height control, reel height control, auto-pilot and automatic feederhouse/header stop; 2) the index finger is used to control unloading tube swing-in and swing-out and engage/dis-engage, while 3) the middle finger controls the rocker switch for manual header tilt control and MAX FLEX head cutter bar flexibility or the VARIO head’s retractable (fore/aft) cutter bar position.

    CRUISE PILOT Cruise Pilot is an automatic combine throughput control system used to optimize combine harvest performance based on three different modes of operation: (1) constant ground speed (2) constant throughput and (3) constant throughput with losses. The Cruise Pilot’s constant throughput with losses mode measures fluctuations in crop flow density within the feeder house and couples that information with feedback from the combine’s grain loss sensors to actively modulate the combine’s harvesting ground speed. This allows the LEXION combine to automatically adapt to changing crop conditions in order to minimize grain loss and maximize harvest efficiency. The constant ground speed mode operates in a similar fashion to an automobile’s cruise control. Constant ground speed is used to maintain productivity in the form of area (acres or hectares) per hour, while the constant throughput mode maintains productivity by maintaining a constant volume or weight (bushels or tons) harvested per hour.

    The other four award announcements came from innovations in the CLAAS hay and forage line of products:

    DISCO 9100 C AUTOSWATHER The DISCO 9100 C AUTOSWATHER is a 29-foot, 10-inch triple-disc mower conditioner with a swathing belt that can form one, two or three windrows. The mower can run with or without mergers, as the mergers can be detached or individually folded out of the way using hydraulics. Thanks to its lightweight design and CLAAS ACTIVE FLOAT hydropneumatic suspension, which transfers the weight of the mower onto the tractor, the DISCO uses less fuel and is highly efficient. The ACTIVE FLOAT system also allows suspension adjustment at any time, even on the go, for varying field conditions, and decreases crop contamination via soil by 17 percent. The mower utilizes the P-CUT cutter bar, which can be operated at a reduced speed of 850 rpm, and is protected by a combination of the SAFETY LINK module and a hydraulic collision protection device that lifts the mower over an obstacle in the event of a collision. The COMMUNICATOR II system is used to operate all mower functions conveniently from the comfort of the cab using ISOBUS.

    CLAAS QUADRANT 3300 RC 3X4 SQUARE BALER Single Tie Knotter CLAAS is the only large square baler manufacturer with sales in North America to develop and manufacture its own knotters. The knotter developed for the QUADRANT 3300 RC is the most efficient single tie knotter yet. It is designed to take tension off the twine as it ties the knot to avoid twine fractures and to produce perfect, high-strength knots without twine residue. The simple design features a rotating bill hook and clamping wheel, and a universal drive shaft. To ensure a tension-free knot, six high-strength knotters simultaneously swing up and back to ease the tension of the twine and ensure reliable pick-up by the knotter bill hook. The accelerated up and down movement of the needles results in a 25 percent decrease in the time needed to make a knot. The single tie system eliminates twine residue, resulting in safer bales for feeding livestock.

    CLAAS ROLLANT 455 UNIWRAP SILAGE BALER The new CLAAS ROLLANT 455 UNIWRAP baler combines baling and wrapping in one machine – increasing production and feed quality while saving time, fuel and money. The high-tech design of the baler enables high productivity due to innovative mechanical and electronic components. The machine’s smart system automatically handles the bale density, tying, bale transfer and silage film wrapping of the bale; the operator only has to stop when the bale chamber is full and the system does the rest. The baler was designed with heavy-duty drive components to handle all types of baling conditions. The exclusive cab-operated hydraulic forward-dropping floor makes long down-times due to blockages a worry of the past. The 25-blade chopping rotor ensures a fine cut for optimum compaction and bale density. The operator can switch from 12 knives to 13 without leaving the cab, as one knife set will be always sharp enough. Early bale rotation into the chamber, along with the Maximum Pressure System, ensures rock-hard bales from the start.

    CLAAS VOLTO 1100 T TEDDER The new CLAAS VOLTO 1100 T tedder offers maximum working width and performance, and minimum transport dimensions. The impressive 35.1-foot working width reduces the number of passes required in the field, while the newly designed spreading arms with run-down geometry deliver an even, well-mixed crop spread. The VOLTO’s MAX SPREAD crop flow concept enables better pick-up of material for higher working speeds, better passing of material for gentler handling for crops like alfalfa, and wider and more even spreading of the crop for faster drying. The VOLTO features 10 rotors that offer high performance and the small rotor diameter (4.9 feet) ensures the best possible spreading quality in all crop conditions. The patented folding system allows exceptional handling and maneuvering in the field, and easy and safe transport on the road. The low-maintenance design includes a 100-hour PTO greasing interval; air-tight, maintenance-free gearboxes; and easy-access grease points to make up-keep quick and effortless.

    These innovations will be featured in the January/February 2013 special AE50 issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World. The actual awards will be handed out to all winners at the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC) on January 28, 2013 at a special recognition luncheon.

    According to CLAAS of America President, Leif Magnusson, “AE50 awards showcase the year’s 50 top agricultural innovations. For the ASABE to award over 10% of their awards to CLAAS is a true honor and a testament to our long history of engineering leadership in mechanized agriculture.”

    Companies from around the world submit entries to the annual AE50 competition and up to 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

    The AE50 award program is sponsored by Resource to emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmersfood processors and equipment manufacturers cut costs, enhance quality and increase profits.

    Resource, a technical magazine geared to agricultural, biological and food system engineers worldwide, is produced at ASABE headquarters in St. Joseph, Michigan. The publication is read by thousands of professionals and others involved in the agricultural, food and biological industries.

    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the dvancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Its members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300 (phone) or hq@asabe.org. Details can also be found at www.asabe.org. For more information about AE50, Resource magazine or ASABE, contact Publications Director, Donna M. Hull at (269-932-7026) or hull@asabe.org

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com

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  • 10.30.2012 -- U.S. Senator and Architect of Farm Bill Pays a Visit to CLAAS of America

    10/30/2012 (Omaha, Neb.) Former Secretary of Agriculture and current U.S. Senator, Mike Johanns, paid a visit to the corporate headquarters of CLAAS of America for a tour of the plant and to “talk shop” with CoA President Leif Magnusson on Thursday. The Omaha, Nebraska facility where the Senator visited is headquarters for CLAAS operations throughout North America and is an assembly plant for LEXION combines.

    Johanns, who was Secretary of Agriculture under the Bush administration, was one of the key architects of the current Farm Bill. He serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and is the ranking member on the Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security Subcommittee.

    “We had a great discussion ranging from the importance of the Farm Bill and what we hope it will look like in its finished form, to EPA regulations and workforce development,” explained Magnusson. “The Senator was disappointed with the hold-up on the latest Farm Bill passage and is a strong proponent of limited EPA regulations that would continue to protect the environment without placing undue burdens on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. He understands the importance of a strong manufacturing sector and is obviously very knowledgeable about the agricultural industry in general.”

    Senator Johanns toured the Omaha assembly plant that continues to expand their output each year, all while expanding the number of parts they source from North America. “Currently about 35 percent of our parts are sourced here in the United States and Canada, including most of our engines (from Caterpillar) and grain tanks that are manufactured 50 miles away in Lincoln, Nebraska,” said Magnusson. The number of North American components used by CLAAS of America continues to grow each year.

    With its world headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany, CLAAS has operations around the globe, including the Omaha facility and two North American parts locations in Columbus, IN and Regina, SK. The fourth largest Ag manufacturer in the world, CLAAS has been a leader in harvesting equipment for 99 years.

    According to Leif Magnusson, “It was a true pleasure to meet with Senator Johanns. We appreciate the time he took out of his busy schedule to learn more about our business and the markets we serve.”

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com.

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  • 9.4.2012 -- CLAAS ADDS MODELS AND OPTIONS TO THEIR LINER RAKES AND VOLTO TEDDERS

    9/4/2012 LINER RAKES: The large offering of LINER rakes by CLAAS just got a little more comprehensive. As a leading manufacturer of harvesting equipment and hay tools throughout the world, CLAAS features a wide range of rakes for the North American market. A new addition to the CLAAS line of single-rotor rakes is the LINER 500T, which boasts a 15’ 9” working width – the widest single-rotor width on the market.

    The LINER 500T is attached using a parallel drawbar and offers a clearing width of 12’ 8”. Fourteen tine arms with 4 double tines per arm offer excellent pickup and clean windrows. An adjustable swath guard makes it easy to change the width of the windrow.

    Exclusive to the LINER series, the 500T features a new air-tight solid rotor gearbox that comes with an extra bearing to absorb higher leverage forces, as well as a continuously lubricated system. The cam track is made from spherical graphite iron, a high-strength casting alloy with an increased copper content for superior durability and reliability to provide the robustness that a high performance rake like the LINER 500T requires.

    Four-rotor, dual-rotor, side-delivery and single-rotor rakes are all a part of the LINER rake series by CLAAS.

    New options include an ISOBUS Cable option for the LINER 3500 and 4000 models and a tandem axle option for the LINER 2700 – 2900, 1650, 1750 and 4000 models.

    VOLTO TEDDERS: Not to be overshadowed by the latest model introduction in the LINER rake category, CLAAS has introduced a new VOLTO Tedder to its North American line. The VOLTO 1100T has been added to the CLAAS tedder line as a replacement for the VOLTO 1050T.

    Unlike its 8-rotor predecessor, the VOLTO 1100T features 10 smaller (4.9 ft) rotors with 6 arms per rotor for the best spreading quality in all conditions. Not only does it deliver more rotors, the working width of the VOLTO 1100T is just over 3’ wider than the 1050T, at an expansive 35’ 1”.

    All-new spreading arms with run-down geometry on the VOLTO 1100T allows the tine arms to “let go” of the material behind the tedder for gentle, even spreading and optimal allocation of material. This design enhancement also creates a more even pressure distribution on the tines for greater durability and longevity.

    The VOLTO 1100T features hydraulic folding for easy transport, PERMA-LINK driveshaft connections for added reliability, and a heavy-duty design that makes it ideal for heavy silage applications.

    The VOLTO line offers six different models of trailed and 3-point tedders to meet a wide range of needs.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com.

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  • 9.4.2012 -- CLAAS ENHANCES JAGUAR FORAGE HARVESTER LINE.

    9/4/2012 The industry-leading JAGUAR forage harvester line receives a series of enhancements this model year, including an expanded number of models available with the optional CLAAS Dynamic Power System, new headers and more.

    Last year, CLAAS introduced their exclusive fuel-saving Dynamic Power System, which was only an available option on the JAGUAR 970 and 980 models. Due to popular demand, the CLAAS Dynamic Power System option is now available on the JAGUAR 940, 950, 960, 970 and 980. The Dynamic Power System senses the load being placed on the engine and adjusts the horsepower output accordingly. This allows the JAGUAR to deliver its full horsepower when needed, but reduce horsepower (and fuel consumption) when the load is lighter.

    In addition to the Dynamic Power System, JAGUAR models feature two extremely durable, reliable, and environmentally friendly engine options. For those who want maximum power the JAGUAR 970 and 980 models feature MAN engines with the power to handle any crop. The JAGUAR 930, 940, 950, and 960 models feature Mercedes-Benz engines with the latest in tier 4 technology for emissions while maintaining the performance you expect from a JAGUAR. The JAGUAR can now be equipped with an AUTO PILOT system with new corn row sensing wands. The corn row sensing wands are positioned in the middle of the head and work in row widths of 15” to 30”. Advanced software detects plant gaps to keep the machine following the row. Also available on from the factory is the CLAAS CAM PILOT that allows the JAGUAR to automatically follow a windrow.

    Additional features include an air horn available on all models, a 20-knife drum option and new tire options.

    Out front, CLAAS now offers two new direct cut headers available for use on 494 series machines. The DD520 Contour offers a 17’ working width and the DD610 Contour comes with a 20’ working width. Both of these new headers are built with a new heavy drive train for efficient and reliable power delivery. The Contour head features a lateral tilt frame design. The DD520 Contour also offers a mechanical self-leveling feature for an optimal cut even in undulating terrain.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com.

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  • 9.4.2012 -- CLAAS Adds Four New Models to Line of DISCO Mowers and Conditioners

    9/4/2012

    For many years, the venerable DISCO line by CLAAS has featured a wide variety of mowers and conditioners in single and multiple configurations. That line has expanded even more with four new models offering an increased selection of units to accommodate any operation.

    CLAAS has now added three new front-mounted units to the DISCO line with a spacious 11’ 2" working width. The DISCO 3500 line features a front-mounted tine conditioner (3500FC), roller conditioner (3500FRC) and a non-conditioning unit (3500F). Similar to the smaller 3100F series, the new 3500F series now allows for greater overlap and eliminates the need for side shift. It also pairs well with the DISCO 3500TC/TRC in a two-mower combination.

    Like the rest in this series, the new DISCO 3500 disc mowers feature a gear-driven cutterbar with a conditioner almost the length of cutterbar. CLAAS P-CUT heavy-duty cutterbars feature the SAFETY LINK® cutterbar protection system. The new units also come equipped with the QUICK KNIFE Release System making changing knives a quick and easy process. An optional Hydraulic Float when mounted to the front of the tractor is available for optimal floatation in rough ground. cutterbar protection system. The new units also come equipped with the QUICK KNIFE Release System making changing knives a quick and easy process. An optional Hydraulic Float when mounted to the front of the tractor is available for optimal floatation in rough ground.

    The fourth addition to the DISCO line of mowers is the DISCO 9300RC. The DISCO 9300RC features the same wide 29’ 3" – 29’ 10" working width as the standard DISCO 9300C, but features a roller conditioner. Both 9300 models are designed for bi-directional tractor use. Like the DISCO 9300C, the DISCO 9300RC also comes equipped with ACTIVE FLOAT suspension for unmatched floating in all types of conditions.

    Additional features to the existing DISCO line include an active float option for front mowers that do not come equipped with a conditioner. In addition, all butterfly mowers are available with an optional ISOBUS cable.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com.

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  • 9.4.2012 -- CLAAS Expands ROLLANT and QUADRANT Lines

    9/4/2012 CLAAS improves its baler offering with three new product releases. The ROLLANT line of fixed chamber balers sees two new upgrades this year. The popular ROLLANT 375 UNIWRAP baler/wrapper gets new “beefed up” components with the introduction of the ROLLANT 455 UNIWRAP. Additionally, the ROLLANT 375RC is being replaced by the ROLLANT 375RC PRO – an upgraded model of the standard RC model with a new drop floor. The CLAAS square baler line also adds another model as the popular QUADRANT 3300 is now offered in a ROTOCUT “RC” version.

    The new ROLLANT 455 UNIWRAP is the reinforced, heavy-duty version of the popular ROLLANT 375 UNIWRAP. This upgraded version features an HD ROTO CUT® feeding system with a 25 blade chopping rotor for a finer chop, a 1,000 rpm PTO and a cab-operated, hydraulic forward-dropping rotor floor for easier cleaning.

    The ROLLANT 455 UNIWRAP offers a 4’ x 4’ fixed chamber with MPS® Technology with rollers positioned in an arc for reduced horsepower and increased reliability. A buzzer alerts the operator if net wrap is being used while forming a bale and a wrapper compensator allows the wrapper to run on one roll to complete a bale should one of the two rollers run out of wrap during a wrapping cycle.

    The ROLLANT 375 PRO will replace the ROLLANT 375RC. This new model maintains all of the benefits of the ROLLANT 375RC while adding a convenient drop floor design that makes cleaning and clearing debris even easier.

    The QUADRANT 3300RC delivers the same popular 3 X 4 square bale size as the standard QUADRANT 3300, but features “ROTO CUT” flakes for those who prefer a smaller cut. The new ROTO CUT design offers a new large diameter (20”) Roto Feed gathering rotor with four star rotor tines. The new arrangement of stars ensures gentler handling of the crop while still maintaining high speed throughput and uniform feed.

    The QUADRANT 3300 made a name for itself as a high performance baler for dry hay, silage and straw. The new QUADRANT 3300RC uses the same 92.5” heavy-duty pickup and pre-compression chamber that measures the flake before moving it to the high capacity plunger boasting 46 strokes per minute. Both the QUADRANT 3300 and 3300RC deliver a 35.5” x 48” bale size and are now equipped with a steering tandem axle.

    The QUADRANT 3300 and 3300RC feature the CLAAS Single Tie Knotter. This benefit available only through CLAAS puts an innovative twist on the single tie knotter, ensuring outstanding tying in all operating conditions, regardless of the bale density and conditions. The new design features a larger bill hook and twine clamping system to ensure there are no twine fractures and a perfect tie every time. The simple design of the knotter has only two adjustments with a minimum of moving parts. A knife arm is a thing of the past, as no arm is needed to remove twine from the bill hook or cut the twine.

    The single tie system eliminates the tails left on top of bales by other systems. To ensure a tension-free knot, the six knotters simultaneously swing against the needles to ease the tension on the twine and ensure reliable pick-up by the knotter hooks. Additionally, the needle’s up and down movement was increased, resulting in a 25 percent decrease in the time needed to make a knot.

    CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com.

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  • 8.20.2012 -- Mayor Jim Suttle visits CLAAS headquarters in Germany

    8/20/2012 Harsewinkel/Omaha. Jim Suttle, Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska visited the CLAAS headquarters in Harsewinkel on Tuesday this week. The CLAAS North American headquarters are located in Omaha where it has been assembling combines since 1999.

    Mayor Suttle was in Europe visiting Omaha’s sister cities. After a trip to Omaha’s German sister city, Braunschweig, he stopped at the CLAAS factory in Harsewinkel in order to “capture a glimpse of the worldwide headquarters of an entity that has such a great impact on our region’s economy.”

    Mayor Suttle was welcomed to CLAAS by Hermann Lohbeck (Managing Director CSE), Henning Rabe (Head of Corporate Marketing), Ursula Wenner (Sales Controlling), and Scott Wellensiek (Product Management).

    “We were honored to welcome the Mayor of Omaha,” Herman Lohbeck said, “where one of our very important production sites in the United States is located.”

    Mayor Suttle was given a tour of the CLAAS factory and was shown a CLAAS film presentation. Lunch took place in the house of the founder, August Claas. Finally, Mayor Suttle had a short visit to ‘Hof Loermann,’ a CLAAS demonstration farm, a few miles away from the production site, where customers have the opportunity to drive CLAAS machinery.

    Upon his departure of the CLAAS factory, Mayor Suttle said he was “really impressed by the size and global impact of CLAAS.”

  • 8.15.2012 -- CLAAS of America Achieves Gold Status in I Make America Campaign

    8/15/2012 (Omaha, Neb.) The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently announced that CLAAS of America had joined the elite ranks of the I Make America campaign’s Gold-level company supporters.

    I Make America is a grassroots campaign that was launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep our economy competitive with other countries.

    “We commend CLAAS of America for achieving Gold status in the I Make America campaign,” said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “As a member of AEM, CLAAS of America exemplifies the commitment we need from all manufacturers around the country to send the message to Congress and the White House that our economy is in urgent need of a new manufacturing policy that will create jobs.”

    “CLAAS and I Make America both value the American worker and American manufacturing and we both stand for policies and ideals that protect our industry, recover our economy, and grow jobs right here in America,” said Brandon Olstad, show coordinator / marketing specialist at CLAAS. “Teaming up with I Make America has given our company a podium to express these values and beliefs. Employees of our company have an opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves for the greater good of the industry that they work in. The campaign serves as a reminder that workmanship and labor here in the United States is still one of the best in the world and I think that is something they take a lot of pride in.”

    I Make America Gold-Level supporters are an important group of companies that have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders, including significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations; and production of A Day in American Life video telling the story of how their companies, employees and communities “make America.”

    The campaign has enlisted the support of more than 21,000 people nationwide, AEM’s 850+ member companies, and industry organizations.

    To learn more about I Make America, visit www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com.

    Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.

    About CLAAS of America, Inc. – www.claasofamerica.com CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative hay tool, baler, self-propelled forage harvester and combine harvester products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These products are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit www.claasofamerica.com.

    About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.com I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its 850+ member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com. Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.

    About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

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