Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier offers its clients high-level expertise in forestry mechanization.
Based in Labouheyre in the Landes region, in the heart of France’s largest forestland area covering 1,7 milion hectares, the two companies Ménard-Darriet and Cullerier have maintained an active partnership since the start of the 20th century, developing modern forestry techniques for maritime pine trees.
The founder, Jacques Darriet (11 June 1873 - 3 January 1959), Landes born and bred and a surveyor by trade, built a mechanical construction workshop in 1907.
The company very soon moved into forestry equipment, with the first forestry brush cutter produced in 1922 and patented in 1923.
This technique for maintaining and clearing the undergrowth was highly original at the time and is still used today. The machine has been in widespread use, known by the name of débroussailleur landais or rouleau landais (drum chopper).
Darriet’s son-in-law, Mr Ménard, took over the company and Mrs Ménard then upheld the tradition until 1984.
François Dubroca then bought the company.
It was he who had the idea of extending the Ménard-Darriet range, with the addition in 1992 of the product line of Cullerier, a company founded in Gironde in 1867.
The Cullerier ploughs, brush cutters, disc harrows and mulchers, all well-known among foresters in France, were integrated into the Ménard-Darriet manufacturing process.
Ménard-Darriet became Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier.
The company now had a range of machinery covering all the needs of its clients in terms of forestry equipment, for both maintenance and reforestation.
In 2007 the business was taken over by Sébastien Eloir.
He continued in the footsteps of his predecessors, improving the productivity of the reforestation and maintenance tools whilst keeping their quality up to its high standard.
He started developing the company outside Aquitaine, certain that MDC products would be successful elsewhere.
Hurricane Klaus in 2009 accelerated the deployment of MDC towards logging and clearing activity.
The company then formed a commercial and technical partnership with Spanish company SERRAT, specialized in shredders for farming, wine-growing and forestry.
In parallel, Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier continued developing maintenance and reforestation products.
It also formed other partnerships, distributing BLANCHARD stump harvesters, PALLARI “wood energy” tools, and various cranes.
Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier distributes its own forestry equipment as well as that of its partners in Western France, and also performs its maintenance.