Interview with Trent Cousins
Trent Cousins, partner, Allan Equipment Manufacturing Ltd.
By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater
Allan Equipment designs and manufactures potato harvesting equipment in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, and has a storied history of over 60 years in business.
Don Allan built the first potato harvester himself for his own farm in the early 1960’s. At the time, there was no simple and reliable harvesting option available to purchase, so he decided to build his own.
From then on, Allan Equipment has been designing its equipment based on the same need.
“We listen to customers and base our designs on what the market is asking for,” says Trent Cousins, active partner in Allan Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. “We strive to be simple, efficient and reliable with all of our equipment.”
“While retired, Don still drops in and assists us in developing new products,” Cousins adds, “and telling us what we are doing right, and most importantly, what we are doing wrong!”
Staking its claim as “Canada’s largest designer and manufacturer of potato harvesting equipment,” Allan Equipment also builds blueberry harvesters and mowers.
Its 120,000-square-foot Prince Edward Island facility includes a large parts inventory and full-service machine shop.