The Amity Technology Story


Amity Technology is, in a sense, a fourth generation company. It follows in the proud tradition of a family that has been involved in the manufacturing business in North Dakota for more than 50 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 company was sold in 1970, 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. Howard and Brian Dahl incorporated Concord, Inc., which became the leading manufacturer in the United States 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 CIS (former Soviet Union) and sold over 500 Concord Air Drills into that marketplace. The Concord company was sold to Case Corporation in 1996.

Case did not purchase all the assets of Concord and those assets were used to launch Amity Technology. The heart of Amity Technology has been the WIC Sugar Beet Equipment line, the leader in North America in harvesting equipment for sugar beets. WIC equipment is found in a number of Eastern European countries as well. Amity Technology has had a particularly strong presence in Russia.

Concord also produced the world’s leading Soil Sampling Equipment, and in 1996 Concord Environmental Equipment (CEE) was spun off into a separate company owned by the same shareholders as Amity Technology. CEE equipment has been sold in more than 25 different countries of the world. Amity Technology purchased CEE in January 2005 and moved the company to its Fargo location.

Howard and Brian Dahl are also partners in Wil-Rich LLC, a manufacturer of tillage and spraying equipment in Wahpeton, N.D.