Nodwell

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Брюс Нодуэлл (Bruce Nodwell) основал фирму ”Bruce Nodwell Limited”, затем "Флекстрак Нодуэлл" (Flextrac Nodwell).
Основная часть продукции в 1965 г. была переведена на новое предприятие, которое получило название "Формост" (Foremost Developments Limited in 1965). - (Foremost Nodwell 110,110C, 240, Chieften, Pioneer, Husky 8G) .
Его возглавил молодой и энергичный Джек Нодуэлл, сын Брюса.
Головная компания Нодуэлла продолжила выпуск различных гусеничных транспортеров и с 1974 г. называлась "Кэнедэр Флекстрак" (Canadair Flextrac).
Некоторые машины собирали дочерние фирмы "Робин-Нодуэлл" (Robin-Nodwell Manufacturing Ltd) и "Терра-Флекс" (Terra-Flex):
Nodwell Flextrac FN240F
Flextrac Nodwell FN240, FN-WT 100 4x4
Flextrac FN60, FN75, FN 110, FN240
Flextrac Body Design
Все они располагались по соседству в городе Калгари.
В 1958 году, после нескольких проблем с надежностью образована Robin-Nodwell Manufacturing Ltd. (с помощью Jack Voigt of Robinson Machine и Supply Ltd).
Аналогичные транспортные средства выпускали: Foremost , Muskeg , Bombardier (Go Tract, Terra-Flex) , FlexTrac Canadair , Canadair Dynatrac , Tucker-Terra , Formatic All Terrain Carrier , Sno-Cat , Rolligon , KMC kootrac , PowerTraxx Vehicles Inc , Wilson, Nuttal, Raimpond Engineers -WNRE (Polecat, Polecat Mark II Terrapin, Dinah, Musk-Ox, Cobra) , FWD , и другие производители .
В 60-х годах Robin-Nodwell возбудил против Foremost судебный процесс, связанный с авторством патентов на производимые транспортные конструкции выиграл его.
В 60-е годы Thiokol Chemical Company производила модели Juggernaut , USAF Thiokol Snowcat 601 (под брендом Thiokol) изготовленные по лицензии Nodwell.
В 1969-1970 и в 1976 фирма выполняла заказы для СССР.

In 1966, a nine-person trade delegation from the Soviet Union led by an federal energy minister named Sashin came to Alberta, and realized that the novel "snow-swamp" vehicles was tailor-made for Siberia. When the Russians visited Foremost, Bruce Nodwell calmly asked the minister if he'd like to drive a 6T. His son was horrified, aware of the troubles experienced by other novice drivers. But Sashin maneuvered the tracked truck like a pro, thoroughly enjoying himself - he'd been a driver in the Red Army.
Later, after a marathon two-week negotiation, somet imes running to 14 hours a day, the Soviets placed a $1.2 million order for 32 Foremost units. The breakthrough came a critical time when Canadian oilfield activity had hit a low point. Foremost's bank, concerned that the Russian order would strain the weakened company, cut its line of credit in half. Bruce Nodwell observed that "a banker gives you an umbrella when the sun is shining but wants it back when it starts to rain." The Soviet order was filled by recruiting support from suppliers and later new investors.
Big Russian sales came through again in 1969 and 1970, and Foremost went public the following year. New models found customers as far afield as Southeast Asia and Iran. In 1976, the firm recovered the trade name "Nodwell" when its rival folded. Over future decades, Foremost diversified into heavy oil pumps, pipe manufacturing, drilling systems, tanks and coil tubing rigs. In 2001, the company converted to an income trust.

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