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What happened to Frink snowplows

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Big Dog D, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    What ever happened to Frink snowplows? They used to have a decent webpage and I havent been able to find them anywhere. Are they still in business? Do they go under a different name now???
  2. BayviewLawn

    BayviewLawn Member
    Messages: 67

    Frink snowplows were manufactured in Clayton Ny and have been out of buisness for about 5 years now.The building still sits empty with a faded Frink Plows sign over the door:(
  3. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I have a Frink Vee Box spreader I bought 20 years ago, used. I left it outside for 5 years year round. I finally learned to respect it and I have kept it inside and maintained it. I still works great. It has to be at least 25 years old, it had alot of rust on it when I bought it. Up in New England you still see alot of Frinks on the big trucks.
  4. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Are you talking about FLINK? I knew it didn't sound right!

    I'm looking at a picture of the tag on my spreader. It says: Flink Co. Streator, Ill.

    Are you sure they are out of business? Or just that location? I found an ad for someone who sells them, and it was updated this time last year.

  5. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

  6. lakeeffect

    lakeeffect Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    The Frink factory is about 20 miles from me here in NY. They have been out of business for about 5 years. Beleive they are demolishing the factory this week. Frink is still sold in Canada but in name only. Not the same Frink plows that were built here. Frink had a major share of the plow market in the Northeast.Here is an interesting article.

  7. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Frink went out of business/Bankrupt then bought out.....

    Hi,as I heard it Frink was sitting on a major hazardous waste(super fund site) clean up, so they went bankrupt to get around it.Maybe why the building is sitting idle!
    I believe the leftover stock and tools/patents etc where bought out by Everest(99% sure).So they are still being made just with someone elses name on it.
    Frink made a great product owned several plows and wings from them no complaints.
  8. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    So I take it Flink and Frink are two different companies? LOL what are the chances, really, of two such oddball names being so similar?
  9. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    They are,

    I had know of Frink for many years.Then I bought an Autocar with a stainless spreader and that is when I learned there was a Flink,I now also have a Flink snowplow, seems to be pretty rugged.
  10. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    flink has been around forever and is out of streater Il They also own baker plows and they were one of the first check them out at flinkco.com they have a good company history on thier homepage.
  11. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Thanks for the info

    Funny,I have had six or so Baker bottom trip plows threw the years and never knew that they where part of Flink.Great city plows by the way(Baker).
  12. lakeeffect

    lakeeffect Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    You are right Oshkosh Everest did buy the rights to the name and some products. I beleive that the only thing still remaining with a Frink name on it are airport plows built by Everest. They are superfund cleanup site ,

    frink left a very bad taste in the mouths of people in this area as they just came in one morning and said pack up your tools you are all done effective right now, no warning no severance pay nothing. The average worker at the plant had in the neighborhood of 25 years. Alot of skilled craftsmen that were the premire plow builders in America were out on the street. It is to bad, they were a good company, that made a good product.
  13. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

  14. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I wish I could read. My old spreader is a Flink, not a Frink. Sorry for the eroneous post.
  15. MBB

    MBB Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I had a friend who got caught in the epa web, His dad had started the bus. years ago (40's). Some time in the mid 70;s a piece of property across the street came up for sale so they bought it as a site for whatever down the road ( orginal buildings very old to start with). Building codes changed plus a bunch of new osha rules ect, was not pratical to update old so the thought was to build new on other property then flatten old which would satisfy all the inspectors ect. Turns out when they went to get building permits ect. soil testing shows ground poluted ect. EPA gets into picture sues them for clean up, we are talking 10-20 mil. clean up cost. EPA says they are responsible no superfund or anything else available to defray cost. Epa tells them they would have to sue previous owners to recover costs ect (previous owners long gone, 6ft under ect.) Does all the legal stuff to no avail. Ended up having to go out of business & file bankrupcy because of epa suit, only way out. Put 150 people out work, removed taxpaying co. from tax roles ect.
    He works a 8-5 job at another co. now. Here you have your govt. at work!
  16. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    LAKE...........Your right about mgt. telling the workers to pack it
    in NOW ! I was across the street that day at the bar !

    The mgt. had the cops there so things wouldn't get ugly........

    The workers, union, and mgt. had been feuding over wages and
    such for over a year.

    Frink had some innovative ideas tho. They had the first quick mount
    pickup truck plow long before anyone else. They also had a flexible
    blade for a pickup.
    Not to mention their big hi-way plows...................

    The waterfront factory site was supposed to have been purchased
    by a developer for a new waterfront hotel. Now its a superfund
    clean-up site...................Hmmmm...............geo
  17. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    That pretty much sums it up.

    Big business at its best.Feel sorry for all the hard workers!
    General Electric filled allot of land around Massachusetts with PCB contaminated soil.The Springfield Ma area is having huge issues trying to figure out how to deal with this as allot of houses and schools have been built on the land that GE filled not to mention river frontage.Not much in the news about it but it is there.
    Sad that it had to happen.
  18. lakeeffect

    lakeeffect Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    You are right, Frink had some very innovative designs that were 20 years ahead of their time. Ever attend the snowplow rodeo they used to hold every February?
  19. bgjj

    bgjj Junior Member
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  20. bgjj

    bgjj Junior Member
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