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Montana Tractors
Founded 2004
Founder(s) J.B. Hunt, Charlie Goforth and Dan Downing
Headquarters Springdale, Arkansas, USA
Industry agriculture machinery
Products tractors
Parent JB Hunt Trucking
Website www.montanatractors.com

Montana Tractors was founded in 2004 by J.B. Hunt, Charlie Goforth and Dan Downing in Springdale, Arkansas, USA. J.B. Hunt founded JB Hunt Trucking and was stuck with unpaid freight bills from the bankrupt Agracat Tractors, leaving JB Hunt Trucking with 500 tractors.[1] The company was originally named LG Montana Tractors, to show the link to LG as the producer of the tractors. Montana added to its supplier base, and dropped the LG from the name.
LG Montana logo

Montana supplier LG tractor division changed its name to LS Tractors, and tractors were also sourced for Montana from Universal in Romania, TYM and Kukje in South Korea and Sonalika in India.

In 2008, Farmtrac North America filed bankruptcy, and Montana bought out their inventory, which included tractors from LG/LS and from Farmtrac's parent company, Escorts Group in India. The Farmtrac tractors were re-badged as Montana Limited and retained their Farmtrac-blue color.[2][3]
Montana Limited logo

In 2009, LS announced they would be entering the USA with their own branded-tractors, and Montana would be loosing them as a supplier. Montana began discussions in 2009 with Branson Tractors, a division of Kukje to merge the USA operations of the two. The merger was called off, but Kukje was added as a supplier. Some Branson tractors were rebadged as Montana and marketed as Montana Special Edition.[4]

By the end of 2010, Montana Tractors was no longer selling tractors since their former supplier, LS, began selling tractors in the USA, but just marketing parts for their products.


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