SICARD SSI GROUP INC.
Division of SMI-Snowblast, Inc. located in Watertown, New York, and Sicard SSI Group Inc. of Knowlton, Quebec are the corporate descendants of
the pioneering technology of Canadian inventor Arthur Sicard.
Arthur was born in Saint-Leonard-de-Port-Maurice, Quebec on December 17,1876 and died on September 13, 1946.
He invented the snow blower in 1925 and in 1927 he sold Sicard's first commercially available self-propelled rotary snow blower to the town of Outremont, Montreal, Canada. It consisted of a four wheel drive truck chassis and truck motor, another motor to drive the snow blower head, and a snow blower head with two adjustable chutes.
This invention enabled the operator to throw soft, hard, or packed snow over ninety feet away from the snow blower truck or directly into the back of a truck. Although the Sicard snow blowers of today have changed in many ways, they still reflect Mr. Sicard's preoccupation with quality, strength, durability, and efficiency.
The rugged functionalism of these machines is the reason so much original Sicard equipment can still be found in operation around the world. Sicard supplies a complete line of industrial snow blowers, runway sweepers, and other related products ( plows, spreaders, etc. ) for airports, municipalities, and military bases worldwide.
In 1995, the Canadian Postal Service even has a commemorative stamp of Arthur Sicard's first rotary snow blower machine marketed in 1927.