WOOSTER — Shearer Equipment, the area’s largest John Deere dealer, is being sold to Georgia-based Ag-Pro Cos., the largest privately owned Deere dealer in North America.

At Shearer’s annual equipment expo Thursday at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ag-Pro leaders said Shearer customers shouldn’t see too many differences as their company finalizes its acquisition of Shearer next week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We don’t plan on changing people," Ag-Pro regional president of Ohio Eric Driscoll said. "It’s hard to find great people and we know the Shearer team’s already got a lot of great people.”

Ag-Pro has offered jobs to all of Shearer’s more than 160 employees, Driscoll said.

As part of a larger company, Driscoll said Shearer customers will have access to a larger inventory.

“Some of the things that we’ll hopefully improve are giving more options, having access to greater inventory — whether it be equipment, whether it be parts,” he said. “With Ag-Pro, we’re going to put even more resources into service and parts.”

With the sale, the company will change names, Driscoll said, making for perhaps the most noticeable difference. Shearer’s seven locations — in Wooster, Copley, Burbank, North Royalton, Mansfield, Mount Vernon and Monroeville — will soon bear the Ag-Pro name.

“Signage has been ordered to change the name on the buildings, but for a while they’ll still show Shearer. But it will be Ag-Pro,” Driscoll said.

Shearer’s owners wrote in a letter last week that the decision to sell the company’s assets “was very difficult.”

“We have evaluated multiple options in hopes of finding the very best option for our employees and our customers. After much evaluation and consideration, we have decided that the timing is right to make this change,” Brian Giauque and Mark Stitzlein, Shearer’s owners, wrote in the letter dated Jan. 17.

Shearer Equipment has a long local history, beginning in 1937, when Clark Shearer and his son Gerald founded the company in Wooster. Over the years, Shearer grew throughout North Central and Northeast Ohio.

The sale, which is expected to be finalized Wednesday, will be Ag-Pro’s second Ohio acquisition in as many months. Ag-Pro purchased London-based JD Equipment in December. The company’s acquisition of Shearer means Ag-Pro will have 79 locations across nine states, serving a total of 239 counties.

Ag-Pro’s other locations are spread across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. The company was founded in 1958 in Boston, Ga., where it still maintains its headquarters. Ag-Pro has grown since then, with more rapid expansion beginning in 2013. And in 2017, the company turned to John Deere to ask for recommendations on where to expand next.

Ag-Pro explored options across the country, and the company’s leadership unanimously decided on Ohio as its next market, Matthew Carlton, the company’s chief operating officer, said Thursday.