Since 1896

Emilius Tomlinson is the Managing Director of JDI (J.D. Implemente) which was founded in 1896 by Emilius’s great grandfather under the company name of DM Tomlinson & Kie. The business was established to supply Massey tractors and related agricultural machinery to farmers in the Overberg area.

JDI was officially established in 1960 in Swellendam by Emilius Tomlinson’s father and uncle. The resulting John Deere agency has now been in operation for the last 59 years and, as such, it is the oldest John Deere Agency in South Africa. The latter is; something of which the Tomlinson family is extremely proud of.
In 2012, JDI joined forces with Senwes, a leading agribusiness. With this strong shareholder on board, JDI now has an edge over their opposition as they are able to stock a wider variety of products. This in turn has contributed immensely to the company's growth in turnover.. JDI is now established in more than one agricultural area. As a result, the seasonal demand for machinery and implements in various agricultural sectors is now distributed more evenly per annum allowing for more efficient utilization and turnover of stock. With all the products of Senwes available to JDI, these products are in-turn available to the agricultural sector wherever JDI is represented.

JDI distributes John Deere, Stihl, Lemken, Falcon, Staalmeester and SouthTrade products in its service areas. The company also provides parts and technical services. With more than 100 years of agriculture experience JDI has the know-how to ensure that its products and services measure up to the highest standards in the world.