a motivated team, ODG continues to strive for an innovative marketing
approach to better penetrate the Northern Market. Our focus is also on
International Development, in launching the newest model – 700 HD, which
is approved for road usage in Europe .
Division is continuing to strive and improve on technological
advancements, to remain the most competitive in gears and transmissions.
Commercial markets are the focus of our
development.Expanding into insect abatement, search and rescue, lifting
and drilling will lead to success in the market place.
2000s saw the expansion of ODG by 16 500 Sq Ft in order to accommodate
new state-of-the-art machinery including a brand new $1.2M gear grinder.
All the upgrades ODG experienced during this decade had the same goals:
to provide better costumer service, improve our already high quality,
efficiency and flexibility.
The Argo is world
renowned for its versatility and capability of traversing difficult
terrain but in 2008, the challenge of our lives arrived, to help the
Canadian Space Agency design a vehicle capable of withstanding the
conditions on the moon, the Lunar Rover!
ending of this decade saw the launch of the best model ARGO had ever
produced, the ARGO 8x8 750 HDi. The 750 Hdi features a technologically
advance, triple differential ADMIRAL steering transmission feeding even
torque to all 8 wheels.
1992, ODG celebrated 25 years of Argo production. To commemorate Argo's
silver anniversary, 25 silver-bodied Vanguards were built.
ODG introduced the first liquid-cooled engine in the new Argo Conquest
in1993. The Kawasaki FD620D 20 hp V-twin engine captured the attention
of the marketplace like nothing before and immediately propelled this
model to prominence. Long lead times developed as demand far exceeded
production rates that were pushed up weekly.
Argo 8x8 Response was introduced to the market in 1995 - the answer for
the individual who needed eight-wheel capacity at an attractive price.
Once again, ODG demonstrated its commitment to the customer by
providing quality-built, innovative products. The Bigfoot invaded the
market in1997, with an extended wheelbase to accommodate the 25"
tires,increasing ride comfort over rough terrain.
1998 the late stand most expensive in a series of high-tech CNC
machines, a LIEBHERR gear hobber, was installed at ODG's premises to
produce the precision cut gears and other quality components demanded by
ARGO and industrial products customers.
In a bold
move, ODG decided to add 40,000square feet of new manufacturing and
office space to its plant in New Hamburg. The continued expansion of the
Argo market and the imminent introduction of a new model of industrial
all-terrain vehicles made this decision necessary. At year-end, the site
work was done and construction was set to commence in the spring of
saw the introduction of the first Argo 8 I/C
(Industrial/Commercial)with hydraulic steering brakes. This model
rapidly captured 60% of the market share.
Argo 6 Twin was introduced in 1985. Powered by the Briggs &
Stratton, 656 cc twin cylinder I/C engine, the 6 Twin replaced the Argo 6
Heavy Duty. Following the success of this model,ODG introduced the Argo
8 Twin as a smooth running successor to the Argo 8 Heavy Duty.
The extensive redesign of the Argo 8 I/C in 1987 made this vehicle the most popular model in the Argo line-up.
1989saw the end of a fifteen-year run as the last Tecumseh powered
vehicle came off the assembly line. But with the end of that era, a new
one began. In 1989 ODG introduced the Argo 8x8 Magnum and the Argo
6x6Magnum. The Argo 8x8 Magnum name was adopted to identify the
top-of-the-line model that now featured new clutch components and a
transmission ratio to respond to customer requests for higher land
speed. The Argo 6x6 Magnum followed with similar upgrades.
1971 ODG introduced a stretched version of the Argo - the
8-wheeler.With this introduction, ODG was able to offer a vehicle with
the largest cargo capacity on the market. The first 8-wheeler was
powered by a 440 cc Kohler 2-cylce engine.
Also in 1971, ODG installed a state-of-the-art vacuum-forming machine,
which made it possible for us to produce large quantities of vehicle
bodies from coloured ABS sheet material.
looking for ways to upgrade the Argo, ODG decided to switch to the very
durable, high density polyethylene material for the vehicle bodies and
introduced vehicles powered by a Tecumseh 4-cycle engine in 1975. With
the introduction of the 4-cycle Argo, ODG's market gradually expanded
from the recreational sector into the utility and industrial/commercial
Drive & Gear Limited (ODG) was founded in Kitchener, Ontario, in
1962. As the subsidiary of a German company,its objective was to design
and manufacture power transmission and gears for the North American
market. ODG developed and manufactured a special transmission for a
6-wheel-drive, skid steer ATV - the Amphicat.
In1967 the Argo was born! Realising the potential of the ATV market,
ODG decided to introduce its own 6-wheel amphibious vehicle - the Argo.
Itwas named for its stamina on land and water after the Argonaut of
In 1969 the Kitchener facility could
no longer handle the volume required so ODG purchased a 10 acre site in
New Hamburg and began construction.