KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association elected four members to its 16-person Board of Directors today at the Association's Fall Marketing & Distribution Convention in Kansas City. The membership elected:
Chris Heikenen of Marshfield, Wis. Heikenen is president of H&S Manufacturing, also in Marshfield. He is an attorney and served eight years as assistant attorney general for Wisconsin before he joined his family business in 1986. He became president of H&S in 1993. Among equipment manufactured at H&S are forage boxes, manure spreaders, hay rakes, windrow mergers, bale wrappers, and grinder-mixers.
Ben Hellbusch of Columbus, Neb. Hellbusch is vice president of sales and marketing at Duo Lift Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Columbus, and general manager/partner of Busch Equipment Company, a sister company. Duo Lift produces specialty farm trailers and wagons such as fertilizer tank trailers and pipe haulers. Busch Equipment is a distribution and sales agency that represents 16 farm equipment manufacturers in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. Hellbusch is the third generation to operate the family-owned business. He grew up working in the factory and on the family farm.
Tim Burenga of Raymond, Ill. Burenga is vice president of sales and purchasing at Worksaver Inc. in Litchfield, Ill. Burenga's history with Worksaver began at an early age working weekends and summers with his father, Tom Burenga. He worked in every department and learned manufacturing and sales. He earned a degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois and began his career at Worksaver in earnest in 2001. Among equipment the company manufactures are tools for land management, bale- and material-handling, seeding, rear blades, and landscape rakes.
Scott Eisenmenger of West Point, Neb. Eisenmenger owns West Point Design, Inc. with his father and brother, Erv and Chad Eisenmenger, respectively. Founded in 1993, the company designs and produces the heavy duty manure spreader, Spread-All™, as well as other related livestock equipment. Eisenmener served in the United States Air Force for four years. He also attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a bachelor's degree in mechanized systems management.
The men, who will serve three-year terms, join other executives who represent shortliners, a segment of the agricultural industry that designs and produces equipment to complement mass-produced lines. The Association serves as the collective voice and resource for more than 725 member companies throughout the United States and Canada.