The Brandt Group of Companies has acquired the businesses of Nortrax Canada Inc. and Nortrax Quebec Inc. and are now the exclusive John Deere Construction & Forestry dealer for all of Canada.
The landmark deal united all John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships in Canada under the Brandt banner and delivers unprecedented access to Deere products, parts and support services to Canadian contractors.
With the acquisition of the Deere-owned Nortrax locations in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, Brandt will own and operate 56 John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships across Canada with an additional 30-plus service points and will employ more than 3,400 people.
"The addition of Nortrax's impressive branch and distribution network gives us an unprecedented opportunity to offer customers anywhere in Canada a consistent customer support experience, no matter where their projects take them," said Brandt President and CEO Shaun Semple. "We are very proud to deliver the quality products and support services that Canadian customers rely on for their success, every single day."
The acquisition will give Brandt a comprehensive retail footprint to supply construction and forestry equipment to Canadian contractors and will further establish the firm's position as a premier privately-held Canadian company and the largest privately-owned John Deere Construction & Forestry dealership in the world.
"Having a strong, privately-held, Atlantic-to-Pacific-to-Arctic dealer will be a huge benefit to John Deere, guaranteeing stable leadership and unrivalled value for our customers," added Nortrax President and CEO Chris Holmes.
Oct. 28 was the first day of full operations for the combined dealer network.