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Prinoth signs agreement to acquire Jarraff Industries

In October 2021, Prinoth announced the execution of an agreement to purchase 100 percent of the capital stock of U.S.-based Jarraff Industries, Inc., a privately-owned company that specializes in the design, manufacturing and commercialization of high quality, specialized right-of-way maintenance, land clearing and tree care equipment that is used throughout the world.

Jarraff Industries was founded in 1979, in St. Peter, Minn., by inventor George Boyum, who wanted to meet the market needs for a lightweight machine able to operate in rough terrain with no set-up time and with a high degree of stability without outriggers. Today, the company has secured preferred-supplier status with national, regional and local right-of-way maintenance contractors, utility companies and tree care companies. The current range of Jarraff products includes: Jarraff All-Terrain Tree Trimmer, Mini-Jarraff Urban Forester and the LineBacker Brush Cutter.

The transaction is a positive, strategic fit for both companies. Jarraff Industries brings a lineup of highly specialized equipment that will enhance and complement the existing line of Prinoth products such as the Hydraulic Mulcher heads, the Raptor line of mulcher carriers and the Panther line of crawler carriers.

Heidi Boyum, president of Jarraff Industries said, “I am very proud of the legacy we have established and nurtured over the past 42 years. As a family-run business, I view today’s transaction as an opportunity to ensure that the business, customers, employees and the community we are in continue growing while joining an even larger family.” Heidi will continue to work as a strategic advisor to Jarraff Industries and Prinoth.

“Jarraff is a perfect addition to the HTI family. We treasure companies like Jarraff that live the values that we consider essential such as innovation, sustainability and dedication,” said Anton Seeber, president of the HTI Group that includes industrial companies such as Leitner-Poma of America, Prinoth, Demaclenko and Leitwind.

Klaus Tonhäuser, president of Prinoth Group, said, “This acquisition confirms Prinoth’s commitment to invest and grow its presence in the specialized off-road equipment business. This better positions Prinoth in the high-demand utilities right-of-way and maintenance segment. Jarraff’s specialized product portfolio and strong presence in these critical market segments will provide our customers access to industry-leading products backed by our brand, distribution and manufacturing experience.”

Alessandro Ferrari, CEO of Prinoth Tracked Vehicles and the new CEO of Jarraff Industries, said, “Jarraff’s products provide the industry’s safest and most efficient solution for clearing and maintaining utility right-of-ways. Furthermore, Jarraff’s culture of working close and responding fast to customers’ demands is an ideal fit with the customer-centric and agile culture of Prinoth.”

Steve VanRoekel will remain COO of Jarraff, and will count on the existing experienced management team to continue managing their operations.

 

International Snowmobile Safety Week: January 15-23

The snowmobile community will sponsor the 28th annual International Snowmobile Safety Week (ISSW). This is a special event for the snowmobile community, including state and provincial snowmobile associations, visitors and convention bureaus, chambers of commerce, snowmobile clubs, and local, state and provincial agencies to join together to recognize the importance of safe, responsible snowmobiling. Many groups highlight safety week by holding various snowmobile safety training programs. All of these innitatives highlight the key position statements of the safety week efforts, which include:

  • Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – don’t drink and ride
  • Smart riders are safe riders – take a snowmobile safety training course
  • When night riding, slow down – expect the unexpected
  • Know before you go – always check local ice conditions
  • Cross with care
  • Know the risks and be prepared – make every trip a round trip
  • One is the loneliest number – never ride alone
  • Ride safe, stay on the trail – respect private property

Snowmobiling is a fun family activity, and riders must keep safety as a top-of-mind awareness issue.

 

Avalanche awareness

When snowmobiling in avalanche terrain, always check the existing conditions. Riders can do so at:

  • U.S.: www.avalanche.org
  • Canada: www.avalanche.ca

 

The five guidelines for mountain terrain riding:

  • Get the gear: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe on their person and knows how to use them.
  • Get the training: Take an avalanche safety course.
  • Get the forecast: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.
  • Get the picture: If there has been recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath steep slopes can be dangerous.
  • Get out of harm’s way: Always ride one-at-a-time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t go to help a stuck friend and don’t group up in runout zones.

 

This year, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) continues its efforts to ensure that all snowmobilers understand that they must respect private landowners and public land, and the land managers. ISMA highlights the need to protect land use privileges and to stay on the trail, and reminds riders: if you don’t know, don’t go. Remember to take the pledge at www.snowmobilerspledge.com.

Snowmobile clubs and associations/federations are encouraged to invite local representatives from the business community to go snowmobiling and show them the known, safe riding standards. There is information available from ISMA to help support efforts, including the “Safe Rider”13-chapter video series, found at www.snowmobile.org

and www.gosnowmobiling.org. All of the videos are free and can be downloaded and used at local events. A Safety Week manual is available for download at www.snowmobile.org, with ideas on how to set up a Safety Week event and get ISSW recognized in local communities.

During campaign activities, ISMA encourages snowmobilers to take photos and share them with others on ISMA’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling. 

 

 

 

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