Written By: Adam Diakow, Medicine Hat Store ManagerMay 17, 2013
On Wednesday May 8 Flaman Group of Companies in Medicine Hat held its grand opening to celebrate its new, larger location. We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise, although this meant that most farmers were in the field and unable to attend.
We held a free BBQ lunch and had a great turn out. The official ribbon cutting was done at 12:30 p.m. by the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce and also in attendance was the mayor of Medicine Hat Norm Boucher.
To top off the day the Frank Flaman Foundation donated $7,000 to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter, which is the largest donation they had received to date.
The day couldn’t have gone better for everyone. Thanks to everyone who attended.
For more photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page here
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Written By: Wayne Beckett, Rental Division ManagerApr 19, 2013
As of May 1, 2013, all Flaman Rentals stores and agriculture rental dealers across the prairies will be introducing a new damage waiver fee for all of our equipment rental customers. This new fee is designed to help our customers offset the high cost of equipment repairs if they accidentally damage any rental equipment while in their possession.
By paying this small fee, our customers can now feel good knowing they have coverage for any accidental damage to tools or equipment they rent from Flaman. This coverage could save them hundreds of dollars in repairs.
It’s just one more way Flaman is helping our customers have a positive rental experience, knowing that those expensive pieces of rental equipment are covered while in their possession.
Please stop in or call your nearest Flaman rental store for full details.
Flaman Rentals in Moosomin, Yorkton and Swan River currently offer a similar fee and this will remain unchanged. Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged with Flaman Rentals rental renting equipment trailers damage waiver fee protection | More articles by Wayne Beckett
Written By: Peter Nabholz, Store ManagerApr 12, 2013
Open for two months, this new state of the art facility boasts a "rental drive thru bay" and a fully stocked 7000 sq ft showroom as well as a large service shop, wash bay and trailer set up bay.
“It's going to be really nice to be able to service and set up all of our equipment inside now as well as being able to load or unload our rental customers in the comfort of our rental drive thru bay,” says Peter Nabholz, store manager. “We think our rental customers will really enjoy this feature, especially when the weather is bad, it's the only drive thru rental bay on the prairies as far as we know,” he added.
This new 10 acre location on the west side of Moosomin along the busy Trans Canada Highway gives us great exposure, good visibility and easy access in all directions in or out of town. With over 90 trailers now in stock as well as grain bins, augers, grain carts, water tanks and other related short line agriculture equipment we are now a full line store for Flaman's. Similar to any of the other nine corporate Flaman stores in western Canada, Moosomin's new store also carries a fully stocked show room full of tow ropes, tow straps, trailer accessories, water pumps and over a dozen set up pieces of fitness equipment along with all the related fitness products.
“While in the past our main focus was the renting of construction, agriculture and home owner equipment, Flaman's now are gearing up the retail side of the business seeing the potential for explosive growth in this area. Here in Moosomin we are in the center of the economic boom going on in SE Sask and have already realized a huge demand for the products we now carry,” added Nabholz.
Flaman's saw the potential for a store like this in the area two years ago when they first came to Moosomin, buying out Wayne's Rental Centre. We now have the facility, the location, the staff and the inventory to take this store to the next level and hope to take advantage of the ongoing strong economy both in construction rentals and agriculture sales.
To celebrate this new store, Flaman's are having a full week long open house event starting on April 22 and winding up on Friday April 26. There will be toonie lunches and local entertainment at noon each day sponsored by one of the many suppliers.
Along with the celebrations, there will be many door crasher specials that you won't want to miss out on.
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Written By: Peter Nabholz, Branch Manager, MoosominMar 21, 2013
We have nicely settled into our new store located at 92 Cook Road in Moosomin. This is a great location as we have good visibility and access to the #1 Highway and easy access from all four directions in Southeast Saskatchewan.
We are putting the final plans together for our Grand Opening week, April 22 - 26. This will be an exciting week as we will have Supplier Representatives on hand to promote equipment and answer customer questions; in store specials; and we will be hosting a light lunch each day. The Ribbon Cutting will take place Friday afternoon and we will have a social evening to follow.
We will be hosting a Blind Driver Corporate Obstacle Challenge. Local business people will be blind folded and will drive a golf cart through an obstacle course with their passenger acting as the navigator. There will be daily heats with the finals on Friday. It should be very entertaining.
Rentals remains to be our backbone, but with our broader inventory selection our trailer and Ag sales are steadily increasing and our fitness equipment has been “working out” very well!
It looks to be a very exciting and busy spring for Flaman Group of Companies in Moosomin. If you are in the area come in and check out our new store.
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Written By: Steve Whittington, Trailer Division ManagerFeb 15, 2013
On Thursday February 7 the Flaman Trailers division team toured the Wells Cargo plant in Ogden, Utah. We toured all areas of the more than 100,000 square foot facility. The team was impressed by the quality control processes at every step and the craftsmanship apparent in the build process.
Wells Cargo staff provided training on all their product lines: Fast Trac
, Road Force
, and the Wells line. In addition to the standard lines, specialized training was provided on Concession Trailers
, Job Shack Trailers, Mobile Restroom Trailers
and Wells Cargo’s impressive custom trailer capability. Last but not least, the Wells Cargo folks were great hosts!
The second day of the meeting was held at the beautiful Ogden Eccles Conference Center in downtown Ogden. All of Flaman’s main manufacturers (Trailtech
Trailer Corp, Diamond C
and ATC Trailers
) were present to update the team on model improvements and changes for the coming year.
To cap off the meetings Friday evening, we headed to the Energy Solutions Arena and took in a Utah Jazz basketball game against the Chicago Bulls. All in all, the meeting provided a great learning opportunity that will allow us to better serve you, our customers.Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged with trailers Flaman Trailer trailer meeting Wells Cargo trailer manufacturers | More articles by Steve Whittington
Written By: Parrish Kondra, Territory Rental ManagerJan 09, 2013
Cuba… oh boy where do I start? It was a fun filled week mixed with both business and a little pleasure. I was rather excited about this trip, as this was my first full dealer get together. I was rather nervous and not sure what to expect, especially with 100 of us crazy Canadians down in Cuba.
As we finally arrived in Cuba I was blown away by the friendliness and welcome the entire group gave me. What an amazing dealer network we have here at Flaman Rentals. Not only that, but we even had our founder Frank Flaman join us. Many dealers enjoyed Frank’s presence in Cuba. The speeches he gave were very informative and it was nice to see dealers interacting with Frank throughout the week.
As this was my first visit to Cuba, it was a surprise to see the culture and way of life Cubans have. Everything from the vehicles to the pace of life is such a shock from what we are accustomed to here in North America.
After all our groups from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta arrived it was right to business with a meeting first thing Tuesday morning. The week was filled with all sorts of activities and tours. I had the pleasure of organizing the golf tournament, and we had a very good turnout despite the rain. We were only able to finish 13 holes but nobody complained as the course was absolutely beautiful right along the ocean. Thanks to my pro golf partner Wayne Beckett we were able to embarrass our Alberta team of Rocky Amson and Ken Barlott in a little game of best ball. Despite the rain we made the best of it and everyone had a blast.
During the golf tournament, a group organized by Tammy Weightman visited a local school and donated school supplies and small items Cubans just do not have. They also spent a lot of time with the children and the locals were all really appreciative for what our group did. Thanks again to all the dealers and staff that participated.
Other activities we had planned included a full day tour of Havana and a Catamaran trip. Most dealers really enjoyed the Havana tour as it was very informative and nice to see the Cuban culture. A few of us ventured out on our own to local towns such as Varadero, which was very interesting to see. I remember seeing part of the beach that was hit by Hurricane Sandy and it was a shock to see the beach completely washed out and trees wiped out, something we are not used to seeing in Canada.
Throughout the week you could really see friendships and memories being made. It was nice to see this type of bonding happening and I was proud to be part of this team. Although it was tough trying to spend time with all 100 or so people, each day would bring new conversations and opportunities.
As the week wound down, Saturday night we hosted our awards night. This gave everyone a chance to dress up a little and was a perfect night to end off the trip. Prior to this awards night, myself and Barrett Prokopie decided it would be fun to jump out of a helicopter at 13,000 ft over the ocean! Wow, what an unplanned amazing experience! I think I almost had a heart attack that night at the awards banquet. All in all, it was an amazing day I will never forget.
So that in a nutshell was our week in Cuba. Thanks for the knowledge, memories and friendships made. It was our most successful year ever with Flaman Rentals. We have a great group of people both at the corporate level and with our dealer network. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year. ‘Till then take care and all the best in 2013!
Congratulations to the following dealers who won awards:
Most Improved Dealer Sask/Man
Triple D&P Farms LTD – Birsay, SK
Most Improved Dealer AB
Wetaskiwin Bulk Sales
Top Retail Sales Dealer Sask/MB
Horizon Fertilizers – Humboldt, SK
Top Retail Sales Dealer AB
Smoky River Equipment Sales & Rentals
Top 5 Dealers Sask/MB
5 Mardee Enterprises – Brandon, MB
4 B&D Rentals – Cut Knife, SK
3 B&A Petroleum – Swift Current, SK
2 Windthorst Rental Centre – Windthorst, SK
1 Brendonn Holdings – Russell, MB
Top 5 Dealers AB
5 Koch Fuels – Carstairs, AB
4 Wills Welding – Ponoka, AB
3 Ray Agro & Petroleum – Barrhead, AB
2 Wetaskiwin Bulk Sales – Wetaskiwin, AB
1 Keddie’s Rentals – Grand Prairie, ABPosted in Uncategorized | Tagged with Flaman Rentals rental dealers rental meeting awards | More articles by Parrish Kondra
Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Marketing Project ManagerOct 29, 2012
We’re proud to announce that on October 20, Flaman Group of Companies was awarded the ABEX (Achievement for Business Excellence) Award for Marketing. The ABEX Awards were handed out by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce at the Delta Hotel in Regina.
In the spring we won the SABEX (Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence) Award for Marketing,but the ABEX is for the entire province, so it means much more to be named top in your field for all of Saskatchewan.
So what does it mean to be a great marketer? One of the things you need to win in marketing is the “big idea” that resonates with your customers. In fact, perhaps the greatest challenge in marketing is to come up with these “big ideas,” and when you have many divisions and locations you need even more of them.
Having big ideas for marketing is one thing we do not lack of at Flaman. Everyone on our team has many great ideas. A lot of our big campaigns didn’t come from the traditional “marketing team” but from the broader team in general. For example:
- The Great Stuck in the Muck Photo Contest came from Jody Kemp, a salesman in Southey.
- Flaman Man was thought of by Taylor Assen, a territory manager in Calgary.
- OPI Canola star commercials were the brainchild of store manager TysonBecker in Yorkton.
Because we get so many great “big ideas,” our job is to pick the very best from them and implement them with excellence given the resources we have. But marketing is not just about great ideas, it’s also about how you execute these ideas.
At Flaman, we’re also very strategic. We create long-term plans and product strategies, and we pay close attention to analytics and stats. We have to make sure our ideas are getting the results we want. If they’re not, we change direction. I’m proud to be part of a marketing team that has great ideas and excellent execution.
This award is our team’s award, so congratulations to everyone who has helped us be our very best.
L-R: Don Flaman (President), Jennifer Thompson (Marketing Project Manager), Steve Whittington (VP of Marketing & Communications), April Basset (Marketing Co-ordinator), Rudy Flaman (Southey Store Manager) and Jeff Basset (Saskatoon Fitness Store Manager)
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Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Marketing Project ManagerOct 04, 2012
As a project manager for Flaman’s marketing team, I am proud and excited to announce we’ve once again been nominated for a Marketing Award. Flaman Group of Companies was named a finalist in the 2012 Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Awards in the Marketing category.
Our team was then encouraged to apply for the provincial ABEX award after receiving the Saskatoon Awards for Business Excellence (SABEX) award for Marketing in May. On September 5, we waited with baited breath for the announcement of the ABEX finalists and were thrilled when we were listed.
The nominees for Marketing this year are:
Flaman Group of Companies
Refresh Enterprises Inc.
Century 21 Diamond Realty
S&E Trusted Online Directory
Silver Star Salvage
The ABEX Awards are Saskatchewan’s largest celebration of private sector achievement. The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. The awards are open to any private sector business registered within the province, regardless of size, location or industry. In total, 46 nominations from Saskatchewan businesses were selected as finalists within the 10 ABEX categories.
At Flaman, we’re honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award. We work very hard to have a marketing plan that’s both strategic and creative but that ultimately offers up to our customers the products and services that they need.
“The quality and diversity of these finalists really showcases the way in which Saskatchewan’s economy is taking a leadership role within Canada, and across the global stage,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce in a press release.
This year’s ABEX awards gala is set for October 20th at the Delta Hotel in Regina, and is themed as a tribute to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. For more information visit www.saskchamber.com
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Written By: Jennifer Thompson, Stuck in the Muck Community ManagerOct 03, 2012
It's that time of year again! It's time to vote for your favourite photos on Stuck in the Muck!
We had some great pictures submitted this year, and we need your help to pick the winners. Visit www.stuckinthemuck.com every day to vote for the best stuck photo. The winners will get a brand new tow rope to help them out next year.
At Flaman Group of Companies, it's important to us to give back to our customers and the farming community. That's one of the reasons why we started this fun photo contest. We're thankful for your support of the contest over the years. I hope you'll enjoy looking at and voting for this year's group of photos.
You can vote once a day for your favourite photos, so visit the website often! Winners will be announced at the beginning of November.
Good luck to all who entered!
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Written By: Steve Whittington, Trailer Division ManagerSep 24, 2012
The end of September is close, and every year at Flaman Trailers we review excess stock we have from the previous year and discount our snowmobile trailers.
All 10 locations have inventory to move, and all inventory is available at all locations (pending shippi