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A couple of long-established, family owned groups of John Deere dealerships in Missouri and Illinois are joining forces.

Officials with Sydenstricker Implement Co. and Wm. Nobbe & Co. announced a merger of the two entities Tuesday.

The new company will be Sydenstricker-Nobbe Partners and will begin joint operation next January.

Sydenstricker’s operates 17 John Deere dealerships in Missouri, including locations in Palmyra, Curryville, Kirksville, Macon and Mexico.

Wm. Nobbe & Co. has nine John Deere dealerships, including locations in Jerseyville and Waterloo, Illinois.