Susan and James MacMahon had a vision to start a machinery business to service the horticultural and agricultural industries in and around Orange.
James with his extensive knowledge of horticulture, due to growing up on an orchard in Tasmania, saw the opportunity and commenced business in 1980 (Silvan Machinery), in an era when Orange was heavily populated with orchards.
As Orange farming diversified so did the business which quickly outgrew its original premises in McNamara St, and a larger premises was purchased in Peisley St.
Although the focus initially was farm machinery, in 1988 saw Silvan Machinery move in to farm merchandise which extended the range extensively allowing Silvan Machinery to be a complete farming solution. With this move a name change was prompted, as Silvan Machinery did not portray the direction the business was moving and was shortened to Silmac. James father John-Mac also moved to Orange to help out in his retirement as Silmac was going through this growth stage.
The new opportunities saw Silmac expand. Through growing strong relationships with clients and major suppliers Silmac soon became one of the largest suppliers of fertilizer, fencing, agricultural chemicals, animal health and machinery in the central west.
The new millennium unveiled a prosperous future for Silmac with both James and Susan’s two sons Max and Michael joining the business, each bringing their
The year of 2009 saw Silmac take another exiting step forward, with the opening of another branch in Bathurst. The mirror store located on the busy corner of Sydney Rd and Oberon Rd has plenty to offer the Bathurst district with the same honest friendly service Silmac has built its name from.
The team at Silmac are excited about the future of farming and look forward to continuing to develop long lasting relationships, and maintain growing together.