Farmer for 30 Successful Years Diversifies Its Business but Not It’s Equipment Supplier
Mr. Adrian Schouten, President of Schouten Farm Construction, has diversified its business by adding land development for residential use to what was originally solely a farm for soy bean and corn production. He says a friend approached him with a proposal to which he could not turn down.
“Myself and a building company purchased land and took it through the planning stages to the point where their ready for building so the first thing that goes in is infrastructure, roads and sewers” said Adrian. “So, we do all our own excavating and construction work related to putting in roads. And that is how the construction came about.”
Adrian Schouten has two sons who take leadership roles in each division. Andrew spearheads farming while Brent manages construction.
When it came to choosing equipment for the new construction venture, the company decided to stick with the brand they trusted for 30 years.
“At our 2,500-acre farm, we always used Case. We own Case combines, tractors, and harvesters so we decided to stick with the same brand because we always get great service and warranties,” said Adrian.
In order to meet the needs, Schouten Farm Construction purchased a fleet of Case Equipment from J.R. Brisson, including several excavators (a 460, 350, 330, 240, 210, and the 50 compact excavator), a couple loaders (a 921 and a 721), two dozers (an 1150K and a 650K), a 340 rock truck, a 450CT skid steer, and a packer for the roads.
“Case makes equipment that is comparable to any other heavy equipment manufacturer,” says Schouten. “Their models are generally fuel efficient and very reliable and we are very happy with them. As well, Jill Faucher, Manager of JR Brisson Equip., took care of us very well. She provides excellent service.”
Since housing sales are on the rise, Adrian feels optimistic about the future.
“Our road building and foundation excavating business is looking very good and 2010 should be as good as 2009 or better.”