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Gason

Gason History

The beginnings of today's operation at Gason extends back to February 1946 when Mr Frank Gason founded a motor trimming business in the western Victorian town of Ararat.

Frank worked at the Ford Motor Company in Geelong and decided to move his family to Ararat. He had no premises, little money, no contracts – just experience and a strong will to get started. Eventually a small business was established in a rented premises known as AF Gason, Motor Trimmer & Body Builder. The business started with a workbench, a small selection of hand tools, even small stock and a sewing machine.

From that humble beginning the company expanded in the 1960s, 70s and 80s to be a world leader in the design and manufacture of tractor cabins. Then as tractors began arriving into Australia with cabins already fitted as standard, Gason continued to diversify into the agricultural sector.

Today, 70 years after commencement the business, Gason has become one of Australia’s leaders in the design and manufacture of quality innovative seeding and tillage equipment. Recognising the fluctuation in the agricultural sector Gason decided to enter new markets by diversifying its product range to include solid fuel woodheaters.

With fully automatic laser cutting machines and robotic welding capability, Gason has the capacity to satisfy their own internal steel cutting needs, and to service a significant volume of sub-contract work for various companies across a wide sector.

The company operates its manufacturing facility from its 3.2 hectare site at Ararat, Victoria with 20,500 square metres of undercover floor space. Sales personnel operate throughout Australia with a sales office for seeding and mowing machinery in Ararat, woodheaters at Scoresby and recently acquired caravan manufacturing business in Bayswater, Victoria.

Gason today provides back up sales and service to its approximately 400 dealer outlets throughout Australia and overseas.

1947 First tractor cabin was built. Extension of the original workshop.
1949 Began building caravans.
1951 Fire destroyed the premises.
1952 Purchased land and built premises in McGibbony Street.
1957 Les Gason started at the factory as a motor body builder.
1963 First newly designed Gason cab was released.
1966 Foundations were laid for the new factory in Blake Street increasing the floor plan by ten-fold.
1967 Mark 1 Model of Gason Air-Cab was released.
1976 First container of Cultivators from USA arrived and a licence agreement was signed with Hiniker and product was sold under
the name Gason-Hiniker.
1982 Greg Gason joins the Company.
1985 Wayne Gason joins the Company.
1986 Gason works with Australian Classic Cars to build the replica MGTD sports car, the TD2000.
1986 Gason commence manufacturing the Arrow brand of woodheaters.
1989 Commenced manufacturing woodheaters for Eureka Heating Pty. Ltd.
2001 Gason acquires leading woodheater company Eureka Heating.
2001 Gason acquires leading woodheater company Jindara Heating.
2006 Purchases state of the art laser cutting machines.
2008 Purchases a second laser cutting machine.
2009 Purchases state of the art robotic welding equipment.
2009 Gason acquire the IP for a Disc/Tine combination machine.
2009 Les Gason retires as Managing Director and a new Managing Director is appointed.
2010 Gason acquires the IP of Chris Grow Engineering (Mowers and Slashers).
2010 Gason manufactures the Para-Maxx 150 Planter, Australian designed and built and the most advanced Planter on the market.
2012 Gason Develop Para-Maxx 100 series. A more versatile and capable machine for a diverse range of operating conditions.
2013 Gason design and release Scari-Maxx & Hydra-Maxx to compliment its already comprehensive range of seeding equipment.
2014 Gason builds on its dealer network with significant changes in the agricultural market.
2014 Gason is invited to join the High Performed Consortium, a collaborative group of none competing businesses working together for world best practice.
2015 Gason appoints their first and new marketing coordinator.
2015 Eureka and Jindara Heating become Eureka and Jindara Woodheating.
2016 Premium range of woodheaters are released.
2016 Ararat Holiday Gateway launched including Gason.
2016 Acquisition of Trakmaster Off-Road Caravans