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HISTORY

 

OUR HISTORY


When George Gamble set up a lathe and drill press in his garage during the Great Depression little did he know that he was planting the seed which would grow over four generations to become one of the largest businesses in the Carthage area.

  

For over half a century now Gamble Distributors has thrived from its start on April 5, 1947 when Warren and his wife, Jessie started on their first job of overhauling a neighbor's car. With the help of many local businesses and friends the little machine shop survived and grew. They added machine tools and by midsummer employed up to three employees. George Gamble also helped his son and in 1948 formed a partnership with him.

When the Korea War called Warren back to active duty he learned through the Department of Labor that his shop services were essential for plants operational in the war effort.

In order to create income, Warren began selling chain saws and parts for small engines. In 1949, he added boats, motors and power equipment for lawn and garden. They also added a parts inventory. In 1955 they began manufacturing sidewalk snowplows, or power shovels, that were distributed in snowbelt regions such as Wisconsin, Maine and Canada.

In 1959 Warren invented a chrome steel core for winding paper on paper machines. St. Regis Paper Company became interested and purchased exclusive rights to the use of the product.

Gamble Machine was incorporated in 1959 and Gamble Distributors in 1960. That year a new building was erected to accommodate the business and the retail sales outlet. This building has been expanded and modified several times to achieve what you see today.

In the early 60's, Gambles became a Bombardier snowmobile dealer which was the beginning of many sales and a large inventory of parts and units.

A variety of products followed, gas golf carts, three-wheel drive buggies, two-wheel scooters, trucksters, snowmobile clothing and accessories and marine products such as Johnson, Mercury, Eska, MFG Duo, Cadillac, Sea Nymph, Ebbtide, Grumman and more.

In 1982 Warren and Jessie decided to retire. At this time their son, Richard, took over the company as president and his wife, Sheri became vice-president. Steve Gamble, Dick and Sheri's son, was appointed secretary and retail sales manager and their youngest son, Jeffrey, is treasurer and service manager in the retail store.

Gamble Distributors is the Central Parts distributor for MTD (Modern Tool & Dye) from Cleveland, Ohio for New York State and represents most of the Honda small engines, Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki, Onan, Robin, Tecumseh and Wisconsin. Many additional lines have also been added since 1982. Gambles is the Central Distributor for New York State for Hydro Gear hydrostatic transmissions. They are also distributors for Troybilt products.

Gamble's retail store offers sales and service for Stingray power boats, POLAR kraft boats, Shindawia power brooms and trimmers, Cub Cadet, Troybilt, Husqvarna chain saws, Polaris ATVs, snowmobiles and Godfrey Marine pontoon boats and Hurricane deck boats.

The Gamble family would like to take this opportunity to thank their customers for their support throughout the years and their employees who have made them the success they are.

They look forward to continued growth as they approach this century with the same enthusiasm and dedication that has been their hallmark for over the past 50 years.