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Thurston Manufacturing was founded on the farm in 1971 by Wayne Jensen, and is now run by son, Layton, and grandsons, Nick and Ryan.

Today, the company has three brands -- Blu-Jet, Simonsen Iron Works (contract manufacturing in Spencer, Iowa) and ChuckWagon (mobile grilling systems) that serve customers on 5 different continents.

In this episode of the “Conversations with Ag Equipment Entrepreneurs” podcast, Layton and Nick take a break from the farm show to talk about their family-run fertilizer injection and tillage manufacturing company located in the tiny village (population 130) of Thurston, Neb.

You’ll hear, in their words, their company’s origins, top product innovations, facilities and defining moments in history.

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