Bandit Industries started out as Foremost Fabrications in a small one-room shop by Mike Morey Sr. and Diane Morey.
Now 35 years later, more than 60,000 Bandit machines are in use all around the world, and more than 200 dealer locations to serve customers in six continents. While the company began with six employees in a small mid-Michigan warehouse, Bandit now employs more than 400 people in more than 26,000 square metres of manufacturing space.
The company will spend all of 2018 celebrating its 35th anniversary at its Michigan facility, with a world-wide dealer network, and with many thousands of customers spanning multiple industries.
“Thirty-five years is a long time to be in business,” said Bandit president and co-owner Jerry Morey. “That’s why we’re going to take some time in 2018 to appreciate where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished and how we want to keep innovating and evolving — for our employees, for our customers and for our industry.”
The company’s first chipper was a Model 100 Brush Bandit. That chipper caught on in the industry, backed by Bandit’s commitment to quality and customers. It became so popular in the industry that most people knew Foremost Fabrications as “Bandit,” so in 1986, the company took the name officially as Bandit Industries.
Bandit has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 35 years, continually refining its machines, adding new models, new product lines, growing our dealer network and customer base. Today, the company’s lineup includes 50 models of hand-fed chippers, stump grinders, skid-steer attachments, whole tree chippers and The Beast horizontal grinders.
During the growth over the last three decades, Bandit never lost sight of who it is and what is does, said Morey.
“Bandit is a company dedicated to producing the highest quality equipment for the hardest working men and women,” Morey said. “For the last 35 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to build the best equipment, and in 2018, we reaffirm our commitment to them, and to our industry.”