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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2018, 09:17:23 am »
The Poulan Micro XXV (top) is the standard of the casual user market today and is one of the main reasons for Poulan s phenomenal growth in the 1970 s. Poulan is continuing its innovative tradition in the 1980 s with the introduction of the Model 3400 (bottom) which offers many of the features of a professional saw at a greatly reduced cost. Over 96,000 man hours and millions were invested in the development of this saw new line of consumer saws. While the XXV and XX models reached the casual user market, Poulan had not forgotten the professionals. The Poulan Models 4200, 5200 and 6000, all with the farm and logging industry. Of particular importance was the Model 5200, which was designed for the professional logger who used the saw daily for long hours. In 1975, Poulan entered a new phase when the company added a line of lightweight, self-priming centrifugal water pumps with the capacity to pump water in 5,000, 8,000 and 10,000 gallons per hour quantities. In 1976, D. Seals moved from another Emerson Division to become President of Beaird-Poulan. Conly became chairman of the board and Beaird assumed an executive consultant position brought further developments and changes for Beaird-Poulan. The first development was the introduction of the Poulan Micro XXV, an nine-pound chain saw selling for only $ the 10-inch saw was the result of three years of research and millions of dollars in advanced manufacturing procedures. Said Tuggle, Poulan is able to offer more quality for less cost than any other chain saw manufacturer in the world. A broad statement, but true nevertheless. The Micro XXV had features which made the saw easier to use. Among the innovations was a larger handle spread for better leverage and control, a guard link chain to minimize the effect of kickback and a kill switch, located close to the trigger finger to make operation shutdown easier, even with two hands on the saw. A sister model, the Deluxe Micro XXV, offered the same features, with a 12-inch sprocket nose bar rather than the 10-inch bar. The other major development in 1977 was the opening of Beaird-Poulan s 100,000 square foot plant in Nashville, AR,

14 The Poulan Micro XXV (top) is the standard of the casual user market today and is one of the main reasons for Poulan s phenomenal growth in the 1970 s. Poulan is continuing its innovative tradition in the 1980 s with the introduction of the Model 3400 (bottom) which offers many of the features of a professional saw at a greatly reduced cost. Over 96,000 man hours and millions were invested in the development of this saw where the new Micro XXV models are now made. The Plant was the company s first operation outside of Shreveport s. It has now been expanded to over 200,000 square feet. In 1978, Poulan introduced a new line of grass and weed trimmers, further expanding its product line. The market for such gardening equipment had mushroomed in a very short time, and as with all of Poulan s history, the company is moving to a leadership position in the field as well. In 1978, the company opened its first plant in Canada. Located in Markham, Ontario, this plant made it possible for Poulan to meet the growing demand in Canada. Poulan s expansion has extended worldwide with the opening of Poulan s first European sales office and warehouse in Bussels, Belgium. Poulan chain saws and accessories are now sold in every major market in the world. Because of Poulan s innovative engineering and aggressive marketing, it is one of the largest chain saw manufacturers in the world and has experienced the greatest growth of any chain saw manufacturer over the past 10 years. The Future Beaird-Poulan has enjoyed tremendous success since its humble beginnings in In a short period of time, Beaird- Poulan has emerged as one of the most respected and trusted manufacturers of chain saws and other fine products. It is the goal of the company to continue its program of developing innovative and reliable products for the future while at th same time maintain its historic trend of solid growth. Beaird Poulan is definitely a company of the future.

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16 Beaird-Poulan Division Emerson Electric Company Shreveport, LA
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