|About Our Business
|How it all began............
In 1970, four men with farming backgrounds as rice farmers, farm
land owners, farm business owners, and one with a mechanical engineering
degree, formed a corporation and bought an existing Minneapolis Moline
tractor and implement dealership in Welsh, Louisiana that was being sold
due to the retirement of the owners and the poor farming economy at that
Within a year, they relocated the new business to the current location
it is today, 106 East Russell Avenue. The new, larger facility in Welsh not
only had a better location, but it also had a greater possibility for expansion.
At this point, they sold MM gasoline tractors, propane tractors, diesel
tractors, natural gas power unit engines, gasoline power unit engines,
propane power unit engines, diesel power unit engines, farm implements,
and re-lift pumps. The service department was geared to repair all types of
tractors, irrigation engines, re-lift pumps, gear drives, belt heads, and
In 1972 they purchased additional property to start a complete
machine and welding shop to service a now growing farming community.
They built and installed hydraulic dump systems on rice trucks, built ditching
blades to mount on tractors, puddlers, tractor-mounted dozer blades,
irrigation engine cooling systems, steel offsets and ell tubes for pumping
systems, check valves, engine skids, combine friction drive plates, tractor
steel wheels, drag harrows, fabricated pump replacement parts, and design
and build custom tractor driven centrifugal pumps, to name a few services
They also began selling irrigation pvc pipe and fittings designed for use
as underground irrigation and drainage structures to replace the old canal
systems to help prevent erosion of farm top soil and evaporation and water
loss due to canal leaks and pumping time lost due to just fill the canals high
enough to push water to higher fields. These improvements are still an
important and ongoing effort in farming efficiency. With the purchase of
backhoes, dozers, trenchers, larger trucks and trailers, winch trucks and
crane trucks, they were able to offer turn key installation from pump, ell
tube, natural gas, diesel, or electric motor, gear drive or belt drive, offset,
and underground irrigation and pvc fittings.
They also purchased a Deutz tractor, engine, and implement company
in Welsh and merged it into the existing business. Soon afterwards, they
quit selling the large tractors and implements, and concentrated on farm
irrigation and drainage.
During the 1980's they added a farm and home hardware department
and an auto parts department. They also added a compact tractor line and
an assortment of short line equipment.
Over the years, as the older original owners retired, the corporation
purchased their stock until Welsh Equipment was owned by the last original
owner, Kenneth Daniel. He had grown up on a farm northeast of Welsh,
worked for his father, whom had farmed and owned an engine repair shop
and water well drilling company, and Kenneth put himself through college as a
In addition to hardware and auto parts, he added overhead irrigation
systems, welding supplies, temporary storage container rentals, cummins
and deutz diesel engines, portable and stationary pto pumps used for rice,
crawfish, fish, and duck ponds.
In 2005, Kenneth Daniel decided to retire and sold this company to his
son, who had grown up working in the dealership starting at the age of 10.
Other than changing the name from Welsh Equipment Company Inc. to
Welsh Irrigation & Equipment LLC, he continues to operate the dealership in
the same fashion as his father has for over 35 years.
|Some of the manufactures and suppliers this company has and still
sale and service include:
Deutz engines and tractors;
Minneapolis Moline tractors, engines, combines, and implements;
Yanmar tractors and implements;
Soileau Industries irrigation fittings;
Diamand Plastic pipe;
Amarillo gear drives;
DeRan gear drives;
Randolph gear drives;
Johnson gear drives;
Stapleton gear drives;
US electric motors and gear drives;
J-line/American Marsh pumps;
Rainbow centrifugal pumps and sprinkler systems;
GE electric motors;
Impco carburetors and regulators;
Bumper to Bumper auto parts;
Murphy engine controls;
Zimmatic center pivots;
Valley center pivots;
Tisco/Woods tractor supply;
Fresno irrigation supply;
Waterman irrigation supply;
Protec pump priming equipment;
Smitty specialty oils;
ADS drainage pipe and fittings;
AirGas welding equipment.
This is only a partial listing of equipment we
offer, some of the list above are no longer available, but we have always
tried to locate a replacement part or option for any obsolete equipment.
|SITE DESIGNED BY SUZIE DANIEL