Coleman's still going strong after 60 years
A lot has changed over the past 60 years, yet for Coleman's in Millstreet its business values are very much the same from its appointment as Ford Tractor main dealers in 1954.
However, maybe it was the blacksmith tradition in the family that forged the foundation for success in the 'modern' world of the internal combustion engine.
Unrivalled experience came to light at a special celebration open day at its Millstreet base where the business, now run by the second and third generation, holds close to the core values that built its foundation all those years ago, and currently holds the New Holland Tractors dealership.
Ford tractor production originally began in Europe in Cork with the model N in 1917. Ford then set up a car factory in Dagenham. Along with this it shifted tractor production to have everything under one roof.
Before a large attendance at the 60th Anniversary staging, John Coleman said the hard work and efforts of the entire team has contributed to making the business a success that embraced change down through the years that now encompasses an extensive tractor, car, fuel and shopping facility.
"My father, Paddy, along with my uncles, Jer and Tim, worked as blacksmiths, shoeing horses and satisfying the needs of farmers. However, times moved on and it was a bold step for country boys to move into town," he said.
"The rest is history and we'd like to thank all of our customers for their continued support down through the years and we look forward to serving their needs in the future".
Andrew Watson, New Holland's managing director, congratulated the entire Colemans' team and applauded their commitment.
"Colemans are a respected business that merited a Dealer of the Year Award. That's testament to the respect between the company and staff to its customers", he said.