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The Timberland Group

The Timberland Timeline

1947

Timberland Machines Ltd. is founded in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada to serve the Eastern Logging Industry with equipment such as the Timber Tosser, Rope Blocks, Sawmill Power Units, Yarders and Logging Winches.


1956

The first Timberskidder is built – the forerunner of the Timberjack articulated steer Log Skidder.


1960

Our Dredge Winch designs attract Ellicott Machine Corporation of Baltimore, Maryland; Ellicott buys a controlling interest and the Company name is changed to “The Timberland Ellicott Limited.”


1961

The first “Timberjack Skidder” with articulated steering is sold with excellent industry acceptance. The Timberjack goes on to exceptional growth and sets a new industry standard.


1965

Non-forestry operations relocate to a new plant and establish Timberland Equipment Limited. Forestry operations become “Timberjack Machines Limited.”


1967

Ellicott sells Timberjack Machines Limited to the Eaton Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and buys remaining shares in Timberland Ellicott Limited from the original shareholders.


1976

The Magill Family, one of the original Canadian founders, buys 100% of Timberland from Ellicott and reverts the company name Timberland Equipment Limited.

Timberland emerges as a dominant world manufacturer of tension stringing equipment with sales to the People’s Republic of China and many other nations.


1984

Timberland buys 100% of TSE International Inc., located in Shreveport, Louisiana to expand its presence in the U.S. tension stringing industry.

Through TSE, Timberland purchases the tension stringing equipment division of Pengo-Jetco, of Ft. Worth, Texas. Pengo is consolidated with the TSE.


1989

The Magill family sells Timberland to two of the company’s long-time employees: W. Booth, President, and J.R. Leslie, Vice President.


1992

Timberland acquires the Minejack® product line from Timberjack, adding to our growing lines of mine equipment.


1995

Timberland purchases Marcotte Mining Services Inc. of Sudbury, Ontario, a major customer for the Minejack® equipment, to expand our manufacturing of underground mine service vehicles such as scissor lifts, crane trucks, ANFO loaders, and shotcreters.


1996

TSE International Inc. acquires the Beebe Barge and Hand Winch product line from Ingersoll-Rand Inc.

Timberland Equipment Limited achieves ISO9001 quality certification.


1998

Timberland acquires Almon Johnson Limited of Eatontown, New Jersey, establishing our diversified line of marine winches and deck machinery.


2005

Timberland purchases Hawboldt Industries of Chester, Nova Scotia, expanding our capabilities in marine equipment for the fishery, defense, shipbuilding and oceanographic industries.


2007

Timberland’s legacy of employee ownership carries on as the company is purchased by Mark Gabourie, P.Eng., President, and Rich Corneil, Chief Financial Officer.


2012

Timberland Equipment purchases certain assets and intellectual property of OK Champion, establishing market leadership in niche products including power rodders, cable scrappers and reel loaders for electric utility, telco and sewer maintenance industry.


2012

Timberland Equipment announces plans to expand factory and office facilities in Woodstock, Ontario. The project, opening in Spring of 2013, increases total space at our head office location by more than 50%.


2013

Rich Corneil retires after 20 years of service. Brad Vollmershausen, previously Vice President and General Manager of Timberland Equipment, acquires a share of ownership in Timberland Group. Brad is named Chief Operating Officer while Mark Gabourie continues as Chief Executive Officer.


2014

Rob Barlow, General Manager of TSE International, is joined by Bobby Jindal, Governor of the State of Louisiana, to announce the company’s $1.18 million investment adding 10,000 sq. ft. of production space to our manufacturing center in the Shreveport area.