In 1881, Richard Schmidt emigrated from Germany to Atlanta, IL and began to work in a local blacksmith shop. In 1898 he purchased the shop and began to cultivate a legacy that would stretch far into the future of agriculture. Over 100 years and 5-generations later, the company is still family-owned and has over 100 employees.
In 1926, under the 2nd-generation leadership of Paul A. Schmidt, the business signed its first contract with J.I. Case, transforming the business from a simple blacksmith shop into a full-blown farm machinery dealership, with blacksmithing becoming a minor part of the operation. In 1952, Richard E. Schmidt returned home from the Korean War and joined the family business. Just over 40 years later, in 1970, Schmidt Implement Company was formed from Paul A. Schmidt.
Schmidt Implement Company, led by 4th-generation Steve Schmidt, joined forces with long-time International Harvester veteran Bill Marcotte, who brought over 20 years of experience to the business. In 1992, the company further strengthened its Central Illinois foothold by merging with Evans Implement, and Dave Evans became a 3rd partner.
Another game-changing merger was soon to follow. George H. Dunn was a family owned Case IH dealership that opened its doors in downtown Farmer City in 1947. In 1973, the company incorporated and son-in-law Tim Reeser assumed part-ownership acquiring another location in Clinton, IL in 1977.
On January 1st, 2001, Schmidt-Marcotte Inc. and George H. Dunn Inc. merged to create Central Illinois Ag, Inc. The company currently has locations in Atlanta, Clinton, Farmer City and a parts & sales location in Mason City, IL. Family-owned to this day, active owners are Steve Schmidt, Michael Schmidt, Dave Evans, Tim Evans, and Brian Reeser.
Farming isn’t just a profession – it’s a way of life. With a legacy of working the same land over several generations. Of days beginning before sun up and not quitting ‘til the job is done. Farming also happens to be a business – requiring an incredibly strong work ethic, detailed preparation, and dedicated passion. Central Illinois Ag is proud to be a partner who shares your passion for the farming life.
We strive to provide our customers with solutions of real value. Those solutions have been the key to our growth into one of the largest volume Case IH dealers in the country. Every department at Central Illinois Ag is wholly involved in our customer's operations and we understand the pressures and struggles of modern day producers. The bottom line is we work hard everyday to cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with our customers.
For over 115 years, Central Illinois Ag has taken care of the people who take care of the land. We have been developing an extensive product line that is now stronger than ever. And as we watch Case IH storm to the front of the pack in machine quality, production & reliability, we're proud to be a full-service Case IH dealership.
Our commitment to you doesn't end with Case IH. Other best-in-class lines we carry include legendary Kinze planters and grain carts, industry leading Geringhoff corn heads, and MacDon draper heads. Add to that our line of heavy-duty Takeuchi track loaders and mini-excavators, the premier name in the compact construction industry. Central Illinois Ag is also a full-service dealership for the following manufacturers: Landoll, J&M, Brent, Ag Leader, Bush Hog, Thunder Creek, Maurer, Unverferth, Hardi, Toro, Yetter, McFarlane, Blu-Jet, and more.
Everyday in agriculture is new. New challenges spring up like weeds. A farmer’s life is about adapting to change: tackling the weather, rotating crops, delivering a calf arriving a couple weeks early...You grow along with each and every season’s yield. You’d expect no less from your business partners. At Central Illinois Ag, we grow along with the latest technological advances and, most importantly, the evolving needs of farmers. We welcome the opportunity to serve you from any one for our four Central Illinois locations.