Salford Farm Machinery was founded in 1978 by Jake Rozendaal, then a recent immigrant from Holland who had a degree in agriculture, experience on his father’s farm, and was trained as a mechanic, welder and engineer. He started as a one-man repair shop in 1975 and then in 1978 Salford Farm Machinery began as a tractor dealership and welding shop. Because he was a tinkerer who liked making his own equipment, he eventually started fabricating his own equipment and stopped dealing other machinery. In 1982 the business became primarily a cultivator manufacturer, ploughs were added in 1984 and Salford V-box manure spreaders were built from 1987 to 1994. Almost 40 years after its start, Salford is still headquartered in the same location but the company has expanded from its humble roots to become one that markets machinery worldwide
Jake seemed to be able to listen and quickly understand what farmers were trying to accomplish in the field. He wouldn’t touch anything unless he could make it better, more efficient and more durable than what was already on the market. This became his company’s hallmark. Today, there are still farmers in the area using some of Jake’s original machinery.