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Our History

//Our History
Our History 2017-07-27T19:47:20+00:00

Lemar Tree Spades is a family run company. Started in 1999, Lemar has an odd beginning. In 1996 the Poffenroth family moved from Blackfalds, Alberta to a little farm outside of Airdrie, Alberta. Cattle and a small welding shop were the sole economic drivers for the newly arrived family. Marilyn Poffenroth had a dream to build her own house from the ground up and positioned the new home with a western view of the great Rocky Mountains. Being as the new family farm was at the top of a hill the newcomers had a rather abrasive welcome from the four winds.

The Poffenroths began to create a shelter belt of trees to help shield the new homestead. Over 5000 trees and as many shrubs went into this massive bulwark. During one of the plantings one of the contractor’s tree spade went down. Les Poffenroth, not wanting to lose any time, brought the spade into the little welding shop and fixed the unit there. At the end of the day the contractor came to Les and commented on his skilled craftsmanship, and casually mentioned that his owner was looking to fabricate his equipment, which was predominantly tree spades. Later, Lemar bought out the company.

Les and Marilyn seeing this as an opportunity to give their 4 children a once in a lifetime chance at running a family business decided to jump into this world of fabrication. Almost 20 years later Lemar is a highly-respected industry name, known for their commitment to customer care, high standards of fabrication quality, and recognized as an industry leader in bringing tree handling equipment into the 21st century.

Lemar and its brand of products is more committed than ever to continue the Family values that have been pioneered by Les and Marilyn Poffenroth. We stand firm in our promise of “dedication to customer success”.

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

~Proverbs 22:29