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The Brandt Group of Companies is the largest privately held company in Saskatchewan, Canada.[1] Brandt manufactures equipment for various niche industries, including agricultural equipment, railway maintenance equipment, construction and forestry equipment, and equipment for the tube & pipe and mining industries. Brandt is also the largest privately held John Deere dealer in the World.[2]

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[edit] History

Brandt was founded in 1932 by Abram Peter Brandt. When he died in 1957, he left the company to his family.[3] In 1972, Brandt’s yearly revenues were just $1 million. The same year, a young Gavin Semple joined the company as an entry level salesman. Gavin had great success selling for Brandt. By 1976, revenues were up to $3 million per year. Also in 1976, Semple become president and General Manager of Brandt with a 15% stake in the company. By 1982, Semple owned a majority position in the company.[4]

In 1992, Semple saw an advertisement from John Deere looking for a new equipment dealer. Semple seized the opportunity and got a contract with John Deere. Brandt now has 21 John Deere dealerships; where they also offer sales and service for Ditch Witch, BOMAG, NPK, and Bandit products.[5]

[edit] The Company Today

The Brandt Group of Companies is composed of five companies based in Regina, Saskatchewan:[6]

  • Brandt Agricultural Products Ltd.:  engineers and manufactures spraying equipment, heavy harrows, bale processors, and a complete line of grain handling equipment including grain augers, grain belt conveyors, grain carts, grain vacs, grain bag loaders and grain bag unloaders.
  • Brandt Engineered Products Ltd.:  specializes in machine and system design, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning for the tube & pipe and mining industries.
  • Brandt Equipment Solutions Ltd.:  works closely with Brandt Tractor Ltd. to design and manufacture the most innovative attachment and guarding solutions for John Deere Construction and Forestry equipment.
  • Brandt Road Rail Corporation:  engineers and produces unique railway maintenance equipment for the world market.
  • Brandt Tractor Ltd.:  is the world's largest privately owned John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment Dealer with 21 dealerships across Western Canada.

Gavin Semple remains as the President of the Brandt Group. In March 2009, he was inducted into the Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.[7]

Over the years, the Brandt Group has received numerous rewards and honours:[8]

  • One of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies (11 times in total)
  • Inducted into the Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Entrepreneur of the Year for Western Canada in 1994
  • Several Abex Awards from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

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  1. Gavin Semple Honoured by Canadian Manufacturers. Brandt Tractor Ltd. [September 11, 2009].
  2. Corporate Profile. Brandt Industries Ltd. [September 11, 2009].
  3. Gavin Semple Honoured by Canadian Manufacturers. Brandt Tractor Ltd. [September 11, 2009].
  4. Gavin Semple: Canadian manufacturing hall of fame. Entrepreneur.com [September 11, 2009].
  5. Gavin Semple: Canadian manufacturing hall of fame. Entrepreneur.com [September 11, 2009].
  6. Corporate Profile. Brandt Industries Ltd. [September 11, 2009].
  7. Gavin Semple Honoured by Canadian Manufacturers. Brandt Tractor Ltd. [September 11, 2009].
  8. Gavin Semple Honoured by Canadian Manufacturers. Brandt Tractor Ltd. [September 11, 2009].

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