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E MBRUN | Holder Tractor Incorporated of Germany has opened its North American distributorship in Embrun under the general management of CEO Steve Dick. The distributorship, which has been open for business since autumn, distributes to an estimated 20 dealerships throughout Canada and the USA. Holder Tractor bought a Canadian tractor company in Greely that had six employees. While moving operations to Embrun the company kept all six employees and has hired seven additional full-time staff, with expectations of more hiring in the future. Steve Dick says they pay premium wages and have a policy of hiring locally. The availability of a workforce skilled in the trades, including mechanics, was one of the reasons the Embrun location was chosen. “For us it was the location—the property and the building were right,”says Dick.“And

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General Manager and CEO of Holder Tractors Inc., Steve Dick, a Casselman resident, stands with Mitch Burns of Embrun who formerly worked in Ottawa, and Dwight Lowe of Marionville, a Holder Tractor employee for 24 years, in the shop at the new Embrun business, which is the North American distributorship of the German manu- facturer.

this is a better area to attract employees.” The company distributes, sells and services municipal-style tractors of the type used for sidewalk snow removal, lawn cutting, vacuum sweeping, maintenance, and small farm, orchard and vineyard use. Holder Tractors is also the North American distributor for several other tractor implement dealers. They will carry implements like snowblowers, mowers, blade, etc., as well as parts, from companies including Aebi Schmidt Holdings, Amaco Equipment, Metec Metal Technology of Vankleek Hill, and others. Dick said there are about 40 to 50 attachments available for the small tractors, which are manufactured in Germany, and are at the high end of pricing and quality. The tractors are designed with the engine between the wheels and a dump loader or vacuum sweeper on top, meaning salt and sand can be loaded less frequently. The tractors use a biodegradable hydraulic fluid. Final assembly and fitting up of new products to customer specifications is done in the Embrun shop. About 50 per cent of what Holder sells is manufactured in-house. Besides distribution, Holder also sells new machines directly to customers, including the City of Ottawa to which they recently delivered a fleet of 30. There is also a strong servicing and parts component to the business. Holder has spent about $4.5 million setting up shop, purchasing inventory and hiring in their first six months. About $1.5 million of that was spent on the building and property. The new roundabout at St- Guillaume and Notre-Dame caused the loss of their service road and their loading dock, which had been one of the selling features of the property, but Dick says they are working around that problem. Dick says the potential for business growth is “really high” and he plans for expansion next year as North American sales increase, with projections to double within five years.

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