U.S. company moving advanced U.S. agricultural technology to Ukraine

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Wash, D.C., Wed, July 7, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bueling, Inc., Fargo, North Dakota and Kyiv, Ukraine, a U.S. business promoting, distributing and servicing advanced U.S. agricultural and other technology in Ukraine for the past 16 years, 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.

Bueling, Inc. represents 34 equipment suppliers in Ukraine and Russia, who are located in 14 states in the USA and four countries. Bueling, Inc. works mainly as a distributor selling to on-the-ground retailers in Ukraine but also does some direct marketing to large agricultural enterprises.

The company was one of the early pioneers in selling USA made Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in Ukraine and Russia for use on agricultural tractors, tillage and planting equipment. Bueling, Inc. has also moved a considerable amount of original spare parts and top-quality used U.S. farm machinery to Ukraine over the past several years.

Jim Bueling is the founder and president of Bueling, Inc. Rubina Davtyan serves as business manager and legal council. Jim grew up in North Dakota and o managed a large farming operation there. In 1990 he made his first trip to Russia and lived in Moscow working for the representative offices of Deere & Company and Concord (Fargo, North Dakota firm). In 1994 Jim moved to Kyiv, Ukraine working for Concord, and later Case IH, and Horsch, all farm machinery companies.

In 2001 Jim started a partner company in Ukraine, Harvester Ltd, dealing in spare parts and whole goods. In 2003 he started representing Hagie Manufacturing self-propelled sprayers. Jim became the first seller of Trimble GPS equipment in 2004 in Ukraine and Russia. In 2006 he became the first Conoco Phillips oil distributer in Ukraine.

During 2008 a partner company, Nodak, Ltd, was registered to Rubina Davtyan. Through Nodak Ltd, the dealer network had been expanded and the direct sale base providing in country representation and service. In 2010 another company AGROKOSMOS LTD was registered in Russia.

"I met Jim Bueling in Ukraine almost 15 years ago soon after he arrived in Kyiv. It has really been amazing to watch Jim expand his business over the years by providing much needed top-quality equipment, spare parts and professional service to agricultural enterprises in Ukraine," 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).

"Jim and Rubina are dedicated in their work to modernize and expand farming operations so agricultural production can be significantly increased in Ukraine. They believe in the future of agriculture in Ukraine and the role Ukraine can and should play in providing the world with the large amount of additional food that will needed to feed the rapidly expanding population.

"Jim told me during a meeting we had recently in Kyiv that 2008 was his peak year for sales. He said sales dropped considerably in 2009 because of the economic crisis making 2009 a most difficult year but said sales are coming back in 2010. USUBC is very pleased to have Bueling, Inc. as a new member and look forward to working closely with Jim and Rubina as they continue their service in a most promising sector of the Ukrainian economy," Williams noted.

INFORMATION: Additional information about Bueling, Inc. can be found at http://www.bind.com.ua.

CONTACT: Jim Bueling, bj (at) bind.com.ua. Rubina Davtyan, rd (at) bind.com.ua.

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

[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 (http://www.usubc.org/excommittee.php)

[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