Bourgault Industries

Bourgault Industries is an innovative agricultural implement manufacturer based in St. Brieux, Saskatchewan. In 1973, Frank Bourgault, an area farmer and skilled mechanic, established Bourgault Industries to design and market a durable, high-quality cultivator better able to break the notoriously stony soils of the St. Brieux region. In 1974, with a local workforce of ten and a 4,000-square-foot production facility, Bourgault Industries began rapid production of Bourgault's prototype cultivator. Within five years, Bourgault Industries had produced and sold nearly 1,000 cultivators and 9,000 harrow units, while increasing its workforce to seventy-five. From such modest beginnings, Bourgault Industries has become a world leader in the design and production of leading-edge agricultural equipment, most notably air seeders, cultivators, plows, drills, bale movers, and grain carts. Today, Bourgault Industries owns and operates manufacturing plants in Canada, the United States and Australia, and continues to probe new market areas in Eastern Europe and Asia. Bourgault Industries maintains a staff of over 350 and operates 250,000 square feet of production space in St. Brieux. In 2001, Bourgault Industries was inducted into the Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame for its longstanding commitment to the economy and people of Saskatchewan.

Iain Stewart

Further Reading

Sinkewicz, P. 1998. “St. Brieux Partnership More Than Business,” Saskatoon StarPhoenix (April 9): C12.