Picus Inc. is a family business, owned by Galen and Patricia Horst. A timeline by Galen follows.
I began my own welding business, Whitewater Welding, at Foresters Falls, Ontario. My first major project was building a silage dump wagon. We were soon building all sizes of custom dump boxes and developed the Horstline lineup of dump trailers and more. In addition, we also did local welding and repair jobs.
Patricia and I were married, and we were in business together.
We developed our first blow deck.
We built our first PIcus bale choppers. The original Picus self propelled bedding chopper was designed and built in 2005 by Ludwig Bretzler from Bretzler Farms for use on their own dairy farm. They needed a large square bale chopper but because nothing similar was on the market, they built their own. Due to considerable interest in the bale shredder Ludwig worked with Galen Horst to produce units for sale. Ludwig founded the company, Picus Inc. to market these machines.
We sold the shop and business, with the Horstline product line, to a former employee. We moved to a farm (Providence Homestead) near Palmer Rapids, in the beautiful Madawaska Highlands on the edge of the Ottawa Valley. We started a new business, G Horst Enterprise and built a shop to continue fabricating the DumpDek and Picus brands.
We sold the DumpDek brand to my brother Duane Horst.
Patricia and I purchased Picus Inc. We are excited to be serving our dealers and customers directly. Our goal is to continue building innovative products, helping farmers build efficient and sustainable businesses. As we succeed together, we aim to serve our families, our communities and our Creator.
2428 Hwy 28E
Palmer Rapids, ON