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NZ’s first locally manufactured Madill log loader excavators

2 June 2024

In a progressive development for New Zealand’s industrial sector, DC Equipment, a Tasman-based manufacturing company, proudly announces the first-ever production run of Madill Log Loader Excavators right in the heart of Nelson-Tasman. This launch not only represents a significant achievement for DC Equipment but also heralds a new era for the entire New Zealand manufacturing landscape, introducing the first locally produced commercial excavators.

Historic Acquisition and Local Manufacturing Revival

In a strategic move that reflects its commitment to innovation and local industry, DC Equipment acquired the iconic Madill brand from the Canadian based Nicholson Group in July 2023. Having been associated with robust cable logging equipment globally and cherished by loggers throughout North America, the Madill brand brings a legacy stretching back to 1911.

Under the stewardship of DC Equipment’s founder, Dale Ewers—a seasoned logger with a 35year connection to Madill—the brand is set to thrive. ‘Owning a Madill tower yarder was a dream of mine when I first saw them,’ Ewers comments. ‘Madill’s reputation for durability and performance makes it a perfect match with our Falcon brand’s values. This is more than an acquisition; it’s about creating a legacy of excellence in the logging industry.’

Launch Event Announcement

DC Equipment is excited to invite media, industry stakeholders, and the community to the launch event for the first two Madill 4000 Log Loaders. The event is scheduled for May 31, 2024, at 2:30pm, marking a historic moment as these machines roll off the production line at our Nelson-Tasman facility.

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Source and image credit: DC Equipment

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