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Fisher and Western, same parent company

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sbt1, May 18, 2005.

  1. sbt1

    sbt1 Member
    Messages: 59

    Did anyone notice this?

    I happened to observe that the plow controls are exactly the same, whether the small joystick type or the Fishstick type.

    Then I read the back of the brochures for both, both are owned by the same company.

    Actually, this is good... it means that the parent company is strong, so Fisher (my personal fav, built like a Russian tank) and Western (also looks very strong) will continue to be big players in the market.

    Just wondered if anybody else noticed this. It's a good thing!
  2. William B.

    William B. Senior Member
    from S.E. IA
    Messages: 979

    Yeah I new that as well. Been that way for a long time.

  3. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Yes, Douglas Dynamics owns both companies. Both are great plows!
  4. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    In terms of pumps and wiring everything is basically the same. True for Spreaders and V-plows as well.

    The big differences, are the mounting frames, and Western (full trip) & Fisher (trip edge) plow.
  5. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Also not well known is the majority owner of DD is HK Holdings
    Inc. (Which was once known as HK Steel corp.and another
    name before that).

    The major stockholder is a old guy named Louis Berkman.
    Who owns by Louis Berkman Co. who wholly
    owns Meyers/Diamond/Swenson spreaders also.....................

    So I guess untill recently Louis Berkman controlled the snow
    plow market !
    Louis Berkman is still alive and his age is 93 give or take a
    few years depending on which bio you read.............

    But as you know Douglas Dynamics was sold to a private
    investment group recently....................geo :drinkup:
  6. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Where you guys been- DD has owned both of those for several years- got to be more than 10 now.
  7. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    "Private investment group" - http://www.aksteel.com/news/press_release.asp?doc_id=375
  8. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    ME BAD.............AK..............not HK.........

    Its been a while..............Thanks Mick........ :drinkup: