Sept. 6 — The Brandt Group of Companies announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the Deere-owned businesses of Nortrax Canada and Nortrax Quebec. The deal will merge all John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships in Canada under the Brandt banner.

Nortrax Canada was created in 2008 after John Deere had acquired Ontrac 4 years earlier. The company recently opened a new branch in Val-d’Or, Québec this summer.

Nortrax operates 13 locations in Ontario, 12 in Quebec and 4 locations in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Outside of Canada, Nortrax owns 9 locations in the United States, throughout Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

With the acquisition of the Nortrax locations in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, Brandt will own and operate 56 John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships across Canada, as well as more than 30 service points and will employ more than 3,400 people.

The agreement is expected to close on Oct. 25.

Brandt also recently expanded their U.S. exposure when Ziegler Ag added their grain-handling products to their lineup in July.