A Story of Service to Agriculture

In the fall of 1932, Henry Arends along with sons Roy and Walt, acquired the franchise to sell John Deere agricultural equipment in Melvin, Illinois.  Among their first sales that fall was a model "D" tractor with steel wheels and a Model "C" 2-bottom plow.  After two years, the business was moved from the back of a grain elevator to a large brick-front building that housed the dealership for the next 43 years.

In 1946, Phil Arends joined his father Roy in the business.  By 1948, Phil's brother Rick had joined the operation.  Soon after, the name was changed to Arends Bros., Inc.

In 1979, after more than 40 years of expansion on Main Street in Melvin, the dealership was moved to the town's east side.  This 14-acre location along Illinois Route 54 is the cornerstone of our commitment to serving you with quality and efficiency.

A family within a family - our tradition

Arends Bros. Inc is now operating with the third generation of brothers. We are a family business and take pride in our family’s commitment to Agriculture in the dealership and on the farm.  That's why we take our good name personally and work to earn our outstanding reputation for service to farmers.

But our most important asset is our staff.  More than 100 talented and hard-working people make up our team.  Each one is important for the work they do which makes Arends Brothers outstanding.

Over the years, Arends Brothers has become a family within a family.  Employees who care about your business and show their pride in everything they do.

Once you've dealt with us, you'll agree that our people make the difference.  There is no substitute for their hard work and desire to please you, our valued customer.


Our overall sales put us among John Deere's leading dealers -- and that's an advantage to you.  For example, we regularly sell 230-250 new and used combines each year.  Because of our volume, we have the product - new or used - that you're looking for.  Competitive pricing makes the deal.

We offer large storage sheds for late-model used equipment inventory - out of the weather means its excellent condition is preserved.  Inside storage also makes trading up a comfortable experience.

Our staff of 13 knowledgeable sales people works to fulfill your equipment needs with timely sales information and follow-up.

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