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2014 Flaman Rental Meeting in VEGAS!

Posted by Flaman Dec 10, 2014

Flaman Rental Dealers group picture in Vegas
After a strong fall rental season this year, rental dealers and Flaman staff all gathered in fabulous Las Vegas. All in all there were 104 Flaman staff members for this year’s annual Flaman Rental dealer meeting trip. I think we all made it back as well!
 
Some areas this year experienced heavy rains, but most dealers agreed it was another strong, successful year. Revenues were up yet again, contributing factors such as the new K-Line Speedtiller high speed disc made a huge impact on some dealers’ overall revenue.
As always, our goals of our annual meetings are to bring new and existing dealers together to mix and mingle and share information to help grow our business together.
Time spent together is person is the best way to build solid business relationships.
 
Dealers arrived at the Flamingo Hotel throughout the day on Wednesday. Later that evening we hosted a get together on the world’s largest observation wheel the “High Roller” which is a 45 minute ride in a pod 550ft in the air!
 
Thursday was dinner at the Top of the World in the Stratosphere. What a treat dining at over 800ft! Rocky led a group of brave Albertan’s to bungee jump off of the Stratosphere. Even the veteran Don Evan’s was part of that group.  Well done Don!
 
Then Friday morning was our business meeting at 8am sharp. Topics discussed were: high speed discs, acre meters, damage waivers, booking program updates and new features.
 
Right after the meeting we all boarded three buses and headed to a boat tour of Lake Mead. I am sure some of you recall a certain bus driver’s road rage! Geesh some drivers. And who booked buses with no a/c!!? Come on organizers haha. All in all it was a great cruise of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. A lot of mingling was done and everyone seemed to have a good time.
 
After the tour some people went shopping, some went to see show’s while some others went for a ride cruising the strip in a Lamborghini Gallardo! Six dealers got the thrill of a lifetime riding at turns with Kelsey (Southern AB rep) and myself up and down the Las Vegas Strip in a 550HP exotic car.Boy what a feeling! Thanks to Steve Flaman for that. Even one lucky AB dealer who was flying home that evening was personally dropped off at the airport. He was ecstatic.
 
As Saturday rolled along, some dealers hit the links for a little golf headed by Wayne while others shopped and a few just walked the strip/old strip Freemont Street to take in the sights. The evening was our annual awards gala. Headlined by a wonderful magician (sarcasm) I don’t think we paid her nearly enough as Iam sure I could perform better. But it was in good humour and everyone had a gut busting laugh or two.
 
Sunday came along and it was time to go home (phew finally). We all said our goodbyes, gave hugs and everyone was off. Someone decided to call an afternoon meeting (not mentioning names) for the staff departing later that evening, which was a little rough thanks to the previous night’s festivities. Wayne I am still waiting for the meeting’s “notes” to be sent.
 
I would like to thank all rental dealers that attended for your support and hard work. Also the suppliers who attended and helped sponsor part of the trip to keep costs down. A big thanks to Wayne Beckett for organizing the trip along with Ken Barlott, Kelsey Dortman, Kevin Kulak and myself.
 
Last but not least a huge thanks to Flaman Group of Companies – Steve Flaman, Rocky Amson & Frank Flaman for allowing us to have these meetings for the rental dealers. We all appreciate it.
 
There were a “few” things left out of this write-up, like they say; what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
Stay tuned for next year’s meeting, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
 
Dealer Awards 2014:
 
ALBERTA / BC / USA                                                       
Top 5                    
1              Grande Prairie   
2              Thorhild                
3              Barrhead              
4              Ponoka                  
5              Lloydminster      
 
Most Improved Dealer                 
                Headon Rentals - Lloydminster                
                               
Top Retail Dealer                             
                Keddie's - Grande Prairie                             
                               
Top New Dealer                              
                Nanton Rentals
 
SASKATCHEWAN / MANITOBA                                                 
                                                               
TOP 5                                                   
1              Cutknife                                              
2              Russell                                                
3              Maple Creek                                     
4              Windthorst                                       
5              Melville
 
Most Improved Dealer                 
Cutknife                              
                               
Top Retail Dealer                             
Swift Current                    
                               
Top New Dealer                              
Melville                                                                               

    


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Flaman's Annual Rental Meeting in Phoenix: Fun and Learning in the Sun!

Posted by Flaman Dec 20, 2013

Rental dealers from all across the prairies including BC and even Montana all gathered at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, AZ on Nov 27 - Dec 1

There were just over 100 of us for this year's meeting trip. We were also proud to have in attendance some of our top suppliers and business partners such as Riteway Mfg, Schulte, Haukaas, Wheatheart, Calidon Leasing, National Leasing.

Also attending was 3 of our new SK and MB dealers!

The trip was a great escape from our tough winter conditions and the overall experience was very positive.  While some areas had slight decreases in revenue this year, everyone agreed that the current economic situation in Western Canada is very favourable and with a lot of hard work and a little luck in the way of weather, we will plan for a very strong year coming up.  The goal of our annual meeting is to bring all of our rental dealers together to share information to continue to grow our business.  The mingling of dealers, suppliers, and staff allows us to keep moving forward and strengthening the business and personal relationships that are so important and somewhat rare in this digital world.  We still believe that face time spent together is the best way to build a successful business and that is what the annual dealer meeting is all about.

Highlights included:

Golf, golf, golf. Many dealers took advantage of the beautiful course and golfed daily while the ladies shopped, shopped, shopped

NHL game sat night with the Blackhawks in town! Was an exciting game and experience

ATV tour - about 15 dealers went on a quad tour in the desert! Was a blast. Someone (Scott from Riteway) got a little carried away and may have injured his tailbone as his quad did a backflip

Steve Whittington, Flaman’s VP of Marketing and Communications took us on a detailed journey of his trip up Mount Everest.

Awards night gala presenting top dealers in each territory and top new dealer and community service awards

Meeting topics discussed included:

Introduction of new dealers
New dealer agreements
COOP advertising improvements
Advertising plan for 2014
Tips on increasing rental revenue
Introducing the new corporate stores (Lethbridge, Medicine Hat)
Year in review both corporate level and rental dealers
Flaman Foundation
Booking program introduction for Alberta and improvements
New products and equipment
New rental rates 2014
GPS for tracking acre counts

I would like to thank all rental dealers who attended the meeting for your support and hard work that goes into our business every year.  Thank you to the key suppliers that joined our meeting and helped sponsor the cost of the meeting to keep the costs down to dealers who attended.  Thanks to the Flaman staff who came and helped keep everyone looked after and entertained.  Thanks to Wayne, Ken and Kelsey for helping to organize the meetings and events. A very big thank you to Wayne Beckett who came up with the idea to have the meeting in Phoenix and did most of the work organizing the venue and travel arrangements.  And last, but not least, thanks to Rocky Amson and Frank Flaman for allowing us to organize these meetings for rental dealers and to give us the means to keep building this business.

Parrish Kondra

2013 Flaman Rental Dealer Awards

Top New Dealer – Interlake Rentals – Arborg, MB
Community Service Award (Sask/Man) – MarDee Enterprises – Brandon, MB
Community Service Award (Alberta/BC/USA) – Nanton Rentals – Nanton, AB
Top Retail Sales (Sask/Man) – Triple D & P Farms – Birsay, SK
Top Retail Sales (AB/BC/USA) – Smoky River Equipment Sales and Rentals – Falher, AB

Top 5 Dealers (Sask/Man)

#5 – Ike Friesen – Morden, MB
#4 – B & D Rentals – Cutknife, SK
#3 – Brendonn Holdings – Russell, MB
#2 – B & A Petroleum – Swift Current, SK
#1 – Reliant Sales and Rentals – Windthorst, SK

Top 5 (Alberta, BC, USA)

#5 – Wetaskiwin Bulk Sales – Wetaskiwin, AB
#4 – Koch Fuels – Carstairs, AB
#3 – Ray Agro & Petroleum – Barrhead, AB
#2 – Will’s Welding – Ponoka, AB
#1 – Keddie’s Rentals – Grande Prairie, AB

 


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Flaman named Top 100 Company

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Sep 27, 2013

Flaman Group of Companies is proud to announce that we have been named #49 on Saskatchewan’s Top 100 Companies List for 2013.

This list is published annually in Saskatchewan Business Magazine and looks at a company’s overall sales. The final rankings were revealed at a gala on September 4 and the full list is available in the September magazine edition. Saskatchewan Business Magazine is home to the original and official Top 100 Companies List for Saskatchewan. First published in 1984, the list remains the barometer of Saskatchewan’s top performing businesses. 
 
“The only reason we made the list is because of our customers,” said Don Flaman, president. “Thank you to all our customers for supporting us.”
 
The Top 100 List paints a positive picture for business in Saskatchewan. According to the magazine, revenues are up across the board and Saskatchewan is a “must be” destination for business, boasting major private firms along with the traditional co-ops or Crown corporations.
 
“Saskatchewan businesses have found their stride, a testament to the quality of owners and managers who have developed a unique skill set, learning to excel in a market best characterized by its sparse population and expansive landmass while roughly two thirds of its output is destined for a buyer outside our borders,” writes Paul Martin in the September issue of Saskatchewan Business Magazine.  

“This annual listing is as much a celebration of the past – of those who built an environment that attracts players from all corners of the planet – as it is a tribute to the new players who are helping to broaden and deepen our entrepreneurial pool.”

Saskatchewan Top 100 Companies award   


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New website, new dealers for summer 2011

Posted by Barrett Prokopie Jul 05, 2011

This spring has been a very different one for many producers in the prairies, from near disastrous flooding in the southern parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to drought in northern Alberta and B.C. It seems that nothing is predictable in the agricultural sector anymore (if it ever was).

One thing is certain for all producers, in all provinces: we need all the help we can get. That is why Flaman Rentals has once again expanded our network of dealers, as well as the large line of products carried.
 
In Saskatchewan we’d like to welcome our newest dealers: B & A Petroleum, having enjoyed great success in their Maple Creek location, has now expanded into Assiniboia. In Blaine Lake you can now go to Blair Industrial and see Blair for all your rental needs and last but not least…. Andres Inc is now our newest dealer in Windthorst.
 
In Alberta we’re happy to announce these dealers to serve you better: visit Brian Headon of Headon Rentals in the Lloydminster and surrounding trading area, Dunvegan Fab and Welding in the Fairview area and Whitetail Ventures in the High Level and La Crete areas.
 
And what better way to mark this expansion then to introduce our new Flaman Rentals website. Please take some time to navigate the site and see what we have to offer. We think you’ll find it very user-friendly and informative. And check out the Flaman Rental dealer closest to you!

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Flaman Rentals wins Consumer Choice Award

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Jun 28, 2011

For the second year in a row, Flaman Rentals has received the Consumer Choice Award for the best Equipment Rental dealer in Saskatoon. 

“This award speaks well for the service we strive to give our customers,” says Ellery Erb, the rentals manager at Flaman Sales and Rentals in Saskatoon.
 
“Our goal is to have quality equipment and trailers to suit the customer’s needs, friendly service at the counter and fair pricing. I think all of those factors combined are what helped us win this award again.”
 
Consumer Choice Awards are handed out annually in cities across Canada in a variety of categories. The awards are based on answers from accurate surveys conducted by a third party research firm, Leger Marketing. Leger Marketing looks at various industries in each city and interviews a sample of people that represents the majority of that city’s population.
 
The first round of research determines the nominees for each category and a second survey asks people which of the nominated companies is their choice for the year.
 
Erb says it’s especially important that this award was voted on by customers, as customer service is the rental division’s number one goal.
 
This year’s awards were presented at a dinner and gala June 23 at TCU Place attended by a host of dignitaries including Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant-Governor Saskatchewan’s David Barnhart and Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison.
 
Flaman Rentals in Saskatoon employs four full time employees and offers a fleet of 48 trailers and various agricultural equipment for rent.
 
 

Steve Whittington, an executive at Flaman, accepts the Consumers Choice Award for Flaman Rentals in Saskatoon.

 


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You're Invited to a Rentals Open House in Yorkton, Moosomin and Swan River

Posted by Flaman Jun 14, 2011

You’re invited …
 
Three Flaman locations, three rental’s open houses.
June 21 – Swan River, MB
June 28 – Moosomin, SK
July 5 – Yorkton, SK
 
If you are in the Moosomin area you have to check out the “Wall of Wow”. Imagine a total of over 30 flat-deck trailers lined up side by side and stacked 3 – 4 high. If you are in the market for a flat deck trailer this is the place to go.
 
Contractor specials. Book your rentals the day of the open house and receive:
                10% off – rentals between $1,000 - $2,499
                20% off – rentals between $2,500 - $4,999
                25% off – rentals over $5,000
 
Come check out the new Hilti TE 3000-AVR jack hammer. All the power of an air tool without the need for a compressor. The TE 3000-AVR delivers explosive breaking power without sacrificing mobility. It brings impressive hammering power to big concrete demolition jobs. The TE 3000-AVR is also a quick, easy way to break up asphalt for road building, repair work and pipe laying.
 
Hilti will also be doing demos with their DSH 900 hand-held gas saw. The Hilti diamond blade has lower friction which gives a higher cutting performance. It has high torque when needed with minimal hand-arm vibration. This saw is perfect for cutting curb stones, paving stones, sewer pipes and ducts, asphalt, metal and a whole lot more.
 
There will be hands-on demos of the ICS concrete chain saws. Come see for yourself how easy to use these concrete saws are.
 
Flaman’s is the only rental store in the Yorkton area to have a ride-on power trowel. Be the first to rent our brand new Barikell 30” ride-on power trowel. This ride-on power trowel is extremely responsive; features synchronized steering and is a labour saver wherever used instead of walk-behind trowels.
 
Come meet our suppliers and participate in Hilti, Bobcat, Ditch Witch and Multi Quip demos. Enter your name for a Progression 11” trampoline and for our many other great door prizes and stay for the barbeque lunch.
 
All proceeds from the barbeque lunch go to The Children’s Wish Foundation.

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Flaman employee is new Canadian Rental Association President

Posted by Flaman Apr 12, 2011

Wayne Beckett the new president of the Canadian Rental Association (CRA)Wayne Beckett, from Flaman’s newest store in Moosomin is the new president of the Canadian Rental Association (CRA), and will serve in this role throughout 2011. The CRA is an industry trade organization dedicated to advancing the growth of the rental industry. His association with the CRA goes back almost to the day he started in the rental business, back in March of 1987.
 
Wayne originally joined the CRA to meet and learn from other rental operators. He is a firm believer in learning from other rental operators at every opportunity. When travelling for business or pleasure, he makes a point of stopping at most of the rental stores along the way.
 
Wayne is looking forward to the challenges of running the organization and implementing some new ideas. He hopes to meet with a lot of the members to get their input on what issues are important to them.
 
Wayne is also involved with the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce. On April 30 Wayne will be accepting a community recognition award from the Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years of dedicated service.
 
Congratulations Wayne and good luck in your new position!

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New and improved Stuck in the Muck Photo Contest

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Jan 11, 2011

We’re doing it again!

Due to the overwhelming success of our first contest, Flaman Sales is once again hosting the Great Stuck in the Muck Photo contest. But this year’s contest will be bigger and better!

We are opening it up to entries from across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. And this time entrants have the chance to have their best “stuck” photo featured in a calendar for 2012. The public will vote for photos just like last time, but this year they can vote for pictures in different categories such as Best Overall Stuck, Best Tractor Stuck, Best Combine Stuck or Most Comical. The winners of these categories will be included in the calendar, which will be on sale in November. All proceeds from calendar sales will support local charities.

Here’s how the contest works:

  • Upload and view photos at www.stuckinthemuck.com starting March 1 until Sept. 30.
  • Voting will begin Oct. 1 and go until Oct. 30.
  • The winners featured in the calendar will also win a new tow rope.
  • There will be five random winners again (including at least one from each province), so everyone has a chance to win!

Start taking your pictures right now! You can still visit www.stuckinthemuck.com to see all the great photos from last year and check out the new ones starting March 1.


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Stuck in the Muck random draw winners

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Dec 24, 2010

We’ve made the draw for the random winners of the Great Saskatchewan Stuck in the Muck photo contest.

Congratulations to the winners who also get a new tow rope:
Trevor Berkan, Southey
Rick Yagelniski, Springside
Diane Coombs, Wroxton
Nicole Squires, Prince Albert
Monty Kovlaske, Humboldt
 
You can view all the voting results and photos at www.stuckinthemuck.com
 
We’ve had more than 72,000 visits to the Stuck in the Muck website from across the globe since the contest launched. Over 300 people signed up and submitted 365 photos. Thanks to everyone who support us and helped make the contest a success!
 
We’ve been getting lots of attention in the media too! We’ve had stories on CBC Radio, CBC Online, CTV, Global, CJWW, News Talk CKOM, CKBI in Prince Albert and CJGX in Yorkton to name a few!
If you’d like to check out all the media coverage that Stuck in the Muck has been getting, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Flaman-Group-of-Companies/147896325258199
Don’t forget to give us a “Like”!
 
We know many producers had a rough time seeding and harvesting in the mud, but we hope you had some fun with this contest and were able to have a few laughs about the “sticky” situations.
 
Trevor Berkan
 
Rick Yagelniski
 
Diane Coombs
 
Nicole Squires
 
Monty Kovlaske

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Winners of the Great Saskatchewan Stuck in the Muck contest

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Dec 21, 2010

What started out as a frustrating time with spinning tires and sticky terrain has turned into a winning situation for five Saskatchewan farmers.

Flaman Sales has announced the winners of the Great Saskatchewan Stuck in the Muck photo contest, as voted on by the public. The winners of a brand new tow rope are:
  1. Carla Debnam, Chruchbridge
  2. Wayne Ratzlaff, Waldheim
  3. Richard Semchuk, Meath Park
  4. Evan Sauer, Edenwold
  5. Lori Wuchner, St. Gregor
After farmers across Saskatchewan dealt with record rainfall this past spring and summer, Jody “Joe” Kemp, with Flaman Sales in Southey, soon realized that getting stuck in the mud was a province-wide epidemic. He came up with the idea of the contest where farmers could submit their best “stuck” photos and share their experiences with each other.
And share they did – since the contest launched Nov. 8 there have been more than 60,800 visits to www.stuckinthemuck.com as people have viewed and voted for the over 360 photos entered from across the province.
 
“This contest has exceeded our expectations,” Kemp says, noting he’s received a lot of positive feedback from customers as well. “I think it became so popular because everyone was in the same predicament this year. Everyone could sympathize with each other. While getting stuck was depressing at the time, people are looking at all the photos and they’re laughing about it now.”

First place winner Carla Debnam, who combined 10 quarters of grain near Churchbridge, agrees the contest has been fun and enjoyed looking at all the “wonderful” photos that were entered. She says it’s nice to win a prize after dealing with such a difficult harvest. 

“Saskatchewan farmers had it rough,” she says. “Everyone deserves a pat on the back.”

After getting stuck pretty bad this year, Debnam is sure she’ll need a new tow rope. With all the snow, she thinks there could be a wet spring next year.

Flaman Sales will also be drawing five random winners from all of the entries on Wed., Dec 22 who will win a new tow rope as well. The winners, along with the Top 25 and all the submitted entries, can be viewed at www.stuckinthemuck.com. Photos can still be uploaded for sharing and the site will remain up for viewing.
 
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Voting has begun for Stuck in the Muck

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Dec 06, 2010

It’s time to vote!

We need your votes to help pick the winners of the Great Saskatchewan Stuck in the Muck Photo Contest. We received more than 280 great photos and it’s too hard for us at Flaman Sales to choose.
 
From Dec. 6 to Dec. 20, you can visit www.stuckinthemuck.com every day and vote for your favourite photos. You can vote once per photo each day, but there’s no limit to the number of photos you can vote for every day.
 
The top 5 photos with the most number of votes will win a brand new tow rope!
 
But don’t forget, every photo has a chance to win. We’re drawing five random winners from all the entries to win tow ropes as well.
If you still have a great stuck in the muck picture you’d like to submit, that’s OK, we’ve extended the deadline for entries.
 
People are already voting so hurry and cast your vote now! Check back each day to see the front runners – you never know, your vote could make a difference.

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It Makes Sense to Rent

Posted by Barrett Prokopie Nov 23, 2010

Flaman Rentals would like to welcome both Flaman Rental Dealers and our valued rental customer to the new site. Please take some time to check out our new look as well as our new features. From agricultural equipment, cargo and flatdeck trailers, to construction, acreage and tool rentals, Flaman Rentals is continually striving for excellence. We believe that the only way to truly be the best rental name in the game is to always take care of you, the customer.
In the coming weeks you will see videos, blogs and other helpful resources, so keep an eye on the website and let your local Flaman Rental location know what you are looking for and tell us how we can assist in helping you in your rental needs.
Now more than ever - It Makes Sense to Rent.


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