Howard Dahl • Amity
Amity Technology follows in the proud tradition of a family that has been involved in the manufacturing business in North Dakota for 70 years. Howard and Brian Dahl, the founders of Amity, are grandsons of E. G. Melroe, the founder of the Melroe Company, which developed the Bobcat Loader.
After the Melroe Company was sold in 1970, Howard’s and Brian’s father, Eugene Dahl, and his brother-in-law, Les Melroe, bought control of Steiger Tractor. It became the leading manufacturer of 4-wheel drive tractors in the world, and was sold to Case Corporation in 1986.
In 1977, Howard and Brian Dahl incorporated Concord, Inc., which became the U.S. leading manufacturer of Air Drills, used primarily for the planting of small grains and oil seed crops on large acreage. Concord had a particularly strong market in the former Soviet Union and sold over 500 Concord Air Drills into that marketplace. Concord, Inc. was sold to Case Corporation in 1996.
The day Concord was sold, Amity was formed. Amity Technology is the leader in North America and Russia in harvesting equipment for sugar beets.
In 2001, Howard and Brian Dahl bought 50% of Wil-Rich, a tillage manufacturer in Wahpeton, North Dakota. In 2006, they bought 50% of Wishek, a tillage manufacturer in Wishek, North Dakota. In 2007 Amity purchased Fargo Products, a manufacturer of air seeding equipment.
Amity Technology has sold over $300 million of product into the former Soviet Union and has assisted many other companies in entering this market.
In January 2011, a 50/50 joint venture was formed with AGCO that included Wil-Rich and Wishek tillage equipment and Amity planting and seeding equipment.