Business Changing Hands

Pictured above is the Schweissguth Brothers dealership, Dutzow. The store will change hands and become Sydenstricker Implement Monday, Feb. 1.     Missourian Photo.

After nearly 90 years in Dutzow, the tractor company Schweissguth Brothers Inc. will be sold to Sydenstricker Implement.

The acquisition of the John Deere business will be effective Feb. 1, according to both parties.

The Schweissguth Brothers will still operate the Kubota dealership in Union, according to Bob Schweissguth, who owns the business with his brothers, Burt, Mike and Dave Schweissguth.

Bob Schweissguth said all personnel will stay the same, including that he, Burt and Mike will continue working at Sydenstricker Implement and Dave Schweissguth will remain in Union.

The only difference, he said, is that Kubota tractors under warranty will have to be serviced in Union, and John Deere tractors under warranty will have to be serviced in Dutzow.

Both sites will be able to work on both brands if they are not under warranty, Bob Schweissguth said.

“This will allow us to continue the quality of service our customers deserve and at the same time will ensure job security for our dedicated employees,” he said.

Sydenstricker Implement currently operates 10 John Deere dealerships in Missouri and has been in the implement business for more than 70 years.

Owner Eddie Sydenstricker, who has been working with the Schweissguth Brothers on the acquisition, said he’s excited about future opportunities.

Through the Dutzow location, Sydenstricker will increase its current coverage of St. Charles, Warren and Franklin counties. The dealership also will gain responsibility for Jefferson, Washington and St. Louis counties.

Kevin Cobb, who is currently location manager at Hermann, will accept the additional responsibilities for the Dutzow location.

The Dutzow facility will be a full John Deere parts, attachment, service and sales location, selling lawnmowers and turf products, compact tractors, large agriculture equipment, and commercial work site products.


The Schweissgurth Brothers business started out as a blacksmith shop in 1929, but soon moved to the implement business, according to the business’ s website.

In 1937, Schweissguth Brothers began selling John Deere tractors in Dutzow.

The John Deere lawn and garden division was launched in 1963 with the model 110 tractor. It has grown to more than 50 different models today. Kubota was added to the lineup in 1995.

The Union store was opened in 1987. That site focuses on small tractors, lawn and garden equipment and hand-held products.

The business moved several times over the years in the Dutzow area.

A new state-of-the-art 25,000-square-foot facility was built in 1999 at the current location, 14400 Highway TT.

The brothers are the third generation of the family to own the company.