Since 1990, AGCO has designed, manufactured and distributed agricultural machinery for productive and efficient farming practices. The company produces tools and equipment for small and medium-sized farms, specialty agricultural industries and residential applications. At its inception, the company was called Gleaner-Allis Corporation. It went through several name changes in the following years before becoming AGCO in 2001. Between 1991 and 2013, AGCO expanded with the acquisition of several companies, including the Hess Corporation and various tractor and equipment companies, acquiring distribution rights and restructuring to offer five core brands: Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra. AGCO's manufacturing companies are located in North America, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. More than 3,150 independent retailers around the world distribute AGCO products.
AGCO employees praise the company for providing "excellent health care and benefits," a "supportive environment" and "excellent work life balance," but state that "there is a disconnect between senior management and workers" and workers have a "limited opportunity for advancement." Overall, employees feel that AGCO provides a "terrific work culture." – Weniger