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AGCO Chairman Receives Prestigious Legion of Honor
Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGCO
Corporation has been named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'Honneur (Legion
of Honor) by the government of France. This high-ranking honorary decoration was
bestowed during a recent ceremony held at AGCO's global headquarters in Duluth, in
the presence of the French Consul General in Atlanta, Louis de Corail. The Legion of
Honor, established by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest distinction conferred
by the government of France. It is awarded to recognize those people and organizations
that have made outstanding contributions to France in a variety of fields. AGCO began
operations in France, when the group became the parent company of the Massey
Ferguson brand in 1994, taking ownership of the Beauvais Massey Ferguson plant.
Opened in 1960, the Beauvais AGCO site remains today the Global Centre of Excellence
for Massey Ferguson engineering and manufacturing, as well as the first private employer
of the whole Picardie region. In France, AGCO actively drives business activities centered
on the design, manufacture and distribution of farm machinery, strongly contributing
to the French economy. Conferring the Legion of Honor on behalf of French President
Emmanuel Macron, Dr. Monique Seefried, Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor
said: "I would like to thank Martin Richenhagen for his personal commitment and trust in
our country's economy. I pay tribute, through him, to the strength of AGCO Corporation,
a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery
and solutions, and to its willingness to expand and develop in Europe, and especially
in France where AGCO's French-made tractors are admired and respected. Tractors
embody our past and our future, linking our ancient human roots in agriculture to the
technological progress of the 20th century. Tractors bring us back to the land, to the
oldest profession of farming while heralding the power of machinery and industry."