Nortrax announced this week that it has purchased the assets of John Deere Construction and Forestry equipment dealer Holt Equipment Co. and began leasing Holt’s dealership sites.

Holt is based in Louisville, Ky., with locations in Louisville, Richmond, London and Bowling Green, Ky., and encompassing a 78-county trade area across Kentucky and Indiana.

“With this transaction Holt and Nortrax are showing an even stronger commitment to the construction and forestry equipment business,” said Tim Murphy, Nortrax president and CEO.  “Current and future customers can expect that Nortrax will continue to serve them with integrity, quality, commitment and innovation.”

Nortrax, based in Tampa, Fla., is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Deere. “Combined with our operations in Tennessee, Nortrax is well suited to provide exceptional customer service to John Deere customers across Kentucky and select counties in Indiana.”

Murphy said employment levels at the Holt locations will be maintained according to business needs and there are no plans to close existing Holt locations. “The intent is to grow the Nortrax business, and at the same time create new opportunities for all employees. Nortrax and John Deere will continue to invest resources to build a great business.”

Nortrax operates 56 John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships throughout the eastern and central regions of the United States and Canada. Nortrax specializes in new and used equipment sales, equipment rental and product support. For more information about Nortrax, visit