Moves to larger, over-$50-million category
Chabot Implements of Elie has been selected as the 2012 “Best-in-Class Farm Equipment Dealership” by Farm Equipment magazine for the second year in a row.
The magazine said Chabot, a four-store retailer of farm machinery, three of which are Case IH dealerships, earned the award not only for its outstanding financial and operational results, but also its attention to customer care, employee development and community involvement.
This is Chabot’s third nomination, and its first win was in the Small Dealership (under-$50-million) category. This year it jumped to the Large Dealership category.
Chabot Implements started off at the Chabot Farm in St. Eustache, Manitoba, by Charlie Chabot in 1935. Years later, the business was moved to Elie and passed on to his son Maurice and wife Eveline. Today Bernie and Gilles Chabot have expanded the business, adding three more stores in Steinbach, Portage la Prairie and Neepawa.
Farm Equipment’s Dealership of the Year judging panel included Dr. W. David Downey, director, Center for Agricultural Business, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; David L. Kahler, retired CEO of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Assn., Dublin, Ohio; and Charles Glass, president, Glass Management Group, Arlington, Texas.