Saskatchewan equipment maker Seed Hawk has been rechristened as Vaderstad Industries Inc.
The company was started in the tiny community of Langbank by farmer Pat Beaujot, his brother, and two friends in 1986. They were frustrated by the lack of suitable seeding equipment for no till at that time and decided to build their own air seeder in Beaujot’s shop.
In 2006, Beaujot sold 49 per cent of the company to Väderstad, a family-owned business that had become a major European equipment maker. The Swedish company acquired 100 per cent ownership in 2013.
“We are pleased to become a part of Väderstad. Both businesses are leaders in the development of some of the world’s most innovative agricultural equipment,” said Nigel Jones, CEO of Vaderstad Industries.
“The joining of our businesses will positively impact the advancement and availability of our equipment for farmers in North America and around the world,” said Jones.
This transition was signalled by the change earlier this year to red paint on all Seed Hawk seeding systems, consistent with Väderstad-branded equipment, the company said in a news release.