Alan Snow Agricultural Engineers: Authorised dealers for Fendt & Massey Ferguson ranges of tractor & agricultural machinery. Southwest farm machinery dealer Alan Snow celebrates 30 years of trading in 2012. Alan, who started his business from the back of a van in 1982, is today the distributor for leading tractor brands, Fendt (Devon and Cornwall) and Massey Ferguson (Cornwall and West Devon). The company operates from premises in Holsworthy, Launceston & Truro and employs over 25 full-time staff.
Coming from a farming family, at an early age he decided milking cows wasn’t for him. His real passion was tractors and, after leaving school, he took on an apprenticeship with agricultural engineers Fulford Trumps. At the age of 25, he elected to go it alone and set up a small repair business from home in Thornbury. He quickly built up a reputation with farmers in the area and, as a result of customer recommendation, just three years later was appointed service agent for Fendt tractors.
In 1989, he moved with his family to a new home in Sutcombe near Holsworthy which had enough land to build a workshop. He was awarded the full Fendt distribution franchise in 1992 and the business grew steadily over the next 14 years. Since then with relentless effort and dedication Alan, Di & the team have moved onwards and upwards and have become one of the most knowledgeable, respected and longest serving Fendt dealers in the UK.
Alan’s next major milestone was his appointment as Massey Ferguson dealer for Cornwall and West Devon.
Early in 2006 a new and exciting opportunity arose to expand Alan & Di Snow’s business. Local man Wayne Rundle joined them as a business partner to create Alan Snow (Launceston) Ltd which coincided with being awarded the Massey Ferguson franchise for Cornwall and West Devon. In October 2006 the second branch at Tregaller Works near Launceston opened for business.
With increased interest for both Fendt and Massey's in Cornwall it soon became clear that another depot in West Cornwall was needed, so the third branch was opened just off the A30 at Blackwater near Truro in 2008. Since then the Massey trading area has been increased to include the whole of Cornwall.
In April 2012 after outgrowing their premises at Tregaller, the Launceston branch were delighted to move into their own purpose built new premises at Kennards House, again ideally situated just off the A30 the premises have a brand new workshop, stores & offices.
Now into 2014 we are delighted to be appointed by AGCO the Sole VALTRA dealer for all of Cornwall, West & South Devon. This exciting new venture will be run out of our Holsworthy & Truro Depots.
So Alan Snow Agricultural Engineers which started from the back of Alan's van back in 1982, are now 30 years on and today are main dealers for the following leading machinery brands: Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Merlo, Pottinger, Stewart trailers, Pichon tankers & muckspreaders & BVL diet feeders.
Alan says 'Things have altered alot in the last 30 years including my waist line and hair style, but I still get a buzz out of seeing a quality machine being operated properly and the sound of a tractor working hard, especially if it's one we supplied. A big thank you to all our staff, customers and suppliers who have made these 30 years possible, it has been very much appreciated.'