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

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925 Furnas Drive , Osceola , Iowa 50213-9690 USA

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Crop Cultivation
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1978

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.

Salford Farm Machinery grew, through hard work and a reputation for quality, from six staff to 30 when it became shareholder owned.  At that time, it marketed to only Ontario and the few American states that neighbored the province but throughout the years, Salford Farm Machinery saw changes.  

In 2007 Salford Farm Machinery acquired a trailer company in Osceola, Iowa and expanded its reach into the American market.  A manufacturing location in Omsk, Russia was purchased in 2011.   In 2013, Salford was acquired by GenNx360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in agriculture and industrial business-to-business companies.  This acquisition enabled the new Salford Group to continue its growth and in 2014 it acquired BBI Spreaders, interestingly, returning Salford back to the roots of one of its original products. 

With the addition of Valmar Airflo to the Salford family, Salford Group is making a commitment to fertilizer application, as it will be the only Original Engineering Manufacturer (OEM) company to produce broadcast spinner spreader, pneumatic boom spreader and drill type granular fertilizer application equipment in North America.

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. However, the original desire to meet the needs of farmers has not changed.  Salford still offers cutting edge technologies designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s farmers so they can get the most from their land.