SW Man. loader tool manufacturer’s shop burns

A Brandon, Man. area company making front-end loader, telehandler and skid-steer loader attachments for the ag market saw its shop “heavily damaged” in a Wednesday morning fire.

Fire departments from nearby Rivers and Rapid City, along with Brandon RCMP, responded just after 8 a.m. to a “structure fire” at Agromec Industries, about six kilometres east of Rivers, RCMP said.

The fire, found by an employee arriving for work, “heavily damaged a tool and agricultural machinery workshop on the property,” RCMP said in a release.

RCMP and the provincial fire commissioner’s office are investigating to find out the cause of the fire, for which an estimate of damages hasn’t yet been tallied, police said.

No one was injured in the blaze, RCMP added.

The company, operating since 2002, makes products such as buckets, grapples, snow blades, snow blowers and various types of equipment to handle items such as bales, silage, feed and manure.

Agromec also imports loader attachments from Emily, a manufacturer in northwestern France, and hydraulic connectors and coupling plates from Stucchi, a manufacturer in northern Italy.

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