Madill History

Learn about the rich history of Madill, including how it was founded, key milestones and ownership over the years.

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1911

1911

Sam Madill arrived to Nanaimo from Manitoba to set up a blacksmith shop

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1911
1940's

1940s

Sam Madill Bought Ship Factory near old Manaimo Arena as a manufacturing base and added a welding and machine shop

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1940's
1955

1955

Madill creation was a mobile spar tree machine

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1955
1960

1960

Madill plant burned down. The company relocated to Bowen Road and continued to thrive

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1960
1960s - 1980s

1960s - 1980s

Madill built almost 900 “009 Madill Yarders” both at Nanaimo, BC and Kalama, WA

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1960s - 1980s
1990s

1990s

Cyprus/Madill joint venture purchased Thunderbird from Ross Murray

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1990s
2008

2008

Modern Machinery bought Madill – planned on just supplying parts

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2008
2011

2011

Nicholson Manufacturing acquired the company

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2011
2011-2014

2011-2014

A combined 100 log loader and feller buncher machines have been manufactured at the Nicholson facility on Galaran Road in Sidney between 2011 and 2015

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2011-2014
2015

2015

Nicholson’s First new Canadian built Madill 124 swing yarder – April 2015 went to NZ customer

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2015
2023

2023

DC Equipment acquires Madill. DC Equipment also manufacturer the Falcon Forestry Equipment brand which is known for it's Winch Assist (traction attachment) and Claw (motorised grapple carriage) products.

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2023