One of the largest privately held agricultural equipment manufacturers in U.S.

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Wash, D.C. Mon, June 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc, Salina, Kansas, one of the largest privately held agricultural equipment manufacturers in the U.S.,
has been approved for membership in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), the USUBC executive committee announced today on behalf of the
entire USUBC membership of over 120 companies and organizations who have business operations, investments or other development programs in Ukraine.

The company has over 1,000 employees and maintains its corporate headquarters in Salina, Kansas, and has 8 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Salina, Assaria, Kipp, Abilene, Lucas, Salina, Ellsworth, and Tipton, Kansas.

Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. produces a wide range of agricultural seed planting equipment and tillage equipment which are designed perfectly for
agricultural operations in Ukraine. Great Plains Manufacturing has been exporting agricultural equipment to Ukraine for several years. They work through several independent, privately-owned, agricultural distributors in provide new equipment, spare parts and service.

The Great Plains Division manufactures agricultural seed planting equipment, tillage equipment, and crop sprayers. In 1986, the Land Pride Division was
started. This diversified the company's product mix to include finish mowers, rotary tillers, rotary cutters, landscape seeding equipment, zero-turn mowers, and a number of dirt-working implements. The company's products are sold through over 2,000 independent dealerships across the United States and are exported worldwide.

On April 30, 2010 Great Plains International completed the acquisition of SIMBA International of Sleaford, England. SIMBA is a leading manufacturer
of advanced tillage equipment and markets its products in Great Britain and throughout a number of countries world-wide. Great Plains expects to see a
growing market for the SIMBA product line in Ukraine. SIMBA employs about 90 people and operates a 61,000 square foot manufacturing plant in

Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. was started on April 1, 1976. Roy Applequist, founder and president, has lead the company during these past thirty-four years, and has taken the company from a small local manufacturing enterprise to being today a world leader in agricultural technology. Roy was in
Washington recently to attend the Presidential luncheon with Viktor Yanukovych sponsored by USUBC.

Great Plains Manufacturing has a full time representative in Ukraine, Andriy Vorobyov plus it has a staff of 4 employees. Andriy works with the distributors of Great Plains equipment in Ukraine. USUBC has been working with Andriy over the past few months. Daniel Rauchholz, President of Great Plains International, Salina, Kansas, will represent the company on the USUBC board of directors.

ATTENDING AGRO 2010 - JUNE 15 TO 19, 2010, KYIV
Great Plains Manufacturing executives Roy Applequist and Daniel Rauchholz are in Kyiv this week attending the 22nd International Agricultural Exhibition-Fair AGRO 2010 from June 15 to 19. Great Plains has a display booth at AGRO 2010 showing their agricultural machinery.

AGRO is the Leading Trade Fair for Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery, Livestock Farming, Food Industry, and the Renewable and Alternative Energy Sector in Ukraine. In 2009 some 500,000 visitors from 33 countries came to the show while 2,167 exhibitors from 24 countries presented their newest products and services at AGRO. More than 55,000 sq.m of exhibition area at the Expocentre of Ukraine outdoors and in 10 pavilions were covered last year.

"I am very pleased to have such an outstanding business from my home state of Kansas join USUBC," said Morgan Williams, director, government affairs, Washington office, for the SigmaBleyzer private equity investment management group who serves as president of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC).

"The business connection between such companies as Great Plains Manufacturing in the USA and agricultural producers in Ukraine is a win-win
proposition. Properly managed agricultural enterprises in Ukraine can both increase crop production and decrease costs by using Great Plains equipment.
Farm managers in Ukraine have told me with such tangible benefits the equipment will pay for itself in two or three years at the most," Williams

Two other important subsidiaries of Great Plains Mfg., Inc. are; Great Plains Trucking which operates 60 trucks, delivering products to our North American dealers, and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, which provides product financing. Great Plains Manufacturing encompasses eight manufacturing
facilities with a total of approximately 1,250,000 square feet. The majority of the company's over 1,000 employees live in central Kansas.

Computerization, combined with automated manufacturing systems, provide an environment that ensures high quality products made with precision and
efficiency. Great Plains workers are well trained and even more, they practice a family-oriented mid-western work ethic, where quality is attached
to personal pride.

Additional information about Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. can be found on their website:

One-Hundred Twenty Members, June 2010, Membership in January of 2007 was 22.
The complete list of USUBC members can be found at:

[1] Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C.

[2] Ariel Cohen, Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow
Allison Center for International Studies,
Davis Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

[3] Keith Crane, Senior Economist
Rand Corporation, Washington, D.C.

[4] James Greene, President
Effective Engagement Strategies, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Former Head, NATO Liaison Office Ukraine

[5] Anatoliy Kinakh, Head
League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Ukraine
Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

[6] David Kramer, Senior Transatlantic Fellow
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Washington, D.C.

[7] Leonid Kozachenko, President
Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation (UAC), Kyiv, Ukraine

[8] William Green Miller, Senior Policy Scholar
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

[9] Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Senior Advisor, Russia & Eurasia Program, CSIS, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

[10] Dr. Edilberto Segura, Partner, Chief Economist
SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Group
Chair of the Advisory Board of The Bleyzer Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine

[11] Keith Smith, Senior Associate
Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, Washington, D.C.

[12] William B. Taylor, Jr., Vice President, Peace & Stability Operations
United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

[13] Damon Wilson, Vice President
Atlantic Council of the United States, Washington, D.C.

[14] James Wilson, Director
EU Ukraine Business Council (EUUBC), Brussels, Belgium

For Year 2010 (

[1] Margarita Karpenko, Managing Partner
DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine

[2] Michael E. Kirst, Regional Vice President
Central/Eastern Europe and Russia
Westinghouse Electric Company, Brussels, Belgium

[3] John R. Miller, Director,
International Business Development, Europe, Israel, Sub-Sahara
Raytheon International, Inc., Arlington, VA

[4] Dr. Irina Paliashvili, President and Senior Counsel
RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A., Washington, D.C./Kyiv, Ukraine

[5] Andrew A. Pidgirsky, Chairman, Board of Governors,
Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA), Houston, TX

[6] Samir B. Sahgal, Director, International Operations
Washington, D.C. Operations, The Boeing Company, Arlington, VA
Treasurer, USUBC

[7] Diana Sedney
Manager, International Government Relations
Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Government Affairs
Chevron, Washington, D.C.

[8] John F. Steele, Director, International Government Affairs
Eli Lilly and Company, Washington, D.C.

[9] Vanessa Stiffler-Claus, Director, International Affairs
John Deere Public Affairs Worldwide, John Deere, Washington, D.C.

[10] Patrick H. Sweet, President
Sweet Analysis Services, Inc. (SASI), Alexandria, VA

[11] E. Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office
SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Group, Washington, D.C.
Chairman, Executive Committee, USUBC, President/CEO, USUBC

[12] Van A. Yeutter, Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Cargill, Washington, D.C.

[13] Jack I. Heller, Attorney at Law
Heller & Rosenblatt, Washington, D.C.
Legal Counsel, USUBC