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Vermeer Manufacturing on Round Balers and Revolutionizing an Industry

In this interview, Mike Lessiter, Editor/Publisher of Farm Equipment, takes the rare opportunity to interview four ag executives — spanning two generations — from Vermeer Manufacturing. Sitting around the founder’s family table in Pella, Iowa, the group shares the story of how the invention of the round baler lead to their present-day international operation.
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Art's Way Manufacturing: Riding a Changing Business Since 1956

Ward and Marc McConnell of Armstrong, Iowa, based shortline manufacturer Art's Way Manufacturing explore the company's origins and their differing leadership styles.
The McConnells talk about how they serve livestock industries through their company, which has grown to require 150 employees across three facilities and makes more than 20 million dollars in annual revenues. 
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New Product Development Helps Sukup Mfg. Grow 800% in 20 Years

Steve Sukup discusses the growth of Sukup Mfg., the largest family-owned manufacturing company, and looks to the future as the third generation prepares to take over.
For Steve Sukup, CFO and co-owner of Sukup Mfg., numerous bold moves have driven the company to expand to more than 600 employees, including: improving the grain bins that made the company’s name, building an impressive facility for employees (including a medical clinic) and maintaining customer relationships even as the company expands.
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Calmer Corn Heads Owner Marion Calmer Overcomes Roadblocks from the Majors to Become Innovative Manufacturer

Marion Calmer tells the origin story of his experience in no-till innovations at Calmer Ag Research Center, Calmer Farms and Calmer Corn Heads.
Marion Calmer tells the origin story of his experience in no-till innovations at Calmer Ag Research Center, Calmer Farms and Calmer Corn Heads — even though he thought he just wanted to be a farmer.
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Kinze's Jon Kinzenbaw and Susie Kinzenbaw Veatch

A candid conversation about how Kinze Manufacturing was built from nearly nothing into a manufacturer known for its pioneering work in grain carts and then planters
For Susie Veatch and her father Jon Kinzenbaw, the move from local repair shop to global manufacturer has been a rewarding learning experience — but not one without its challenges, including the John Deere lawsuit that could have squeezed them out of the planter business.
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To The Point: Embracing Change to Thrive

What if there came a time when it was no longer economically feasible to grow corn in Iowa? I know this is crazy talk and the possibility of such a scenario is about as far fetched as getting an atheist to join you at an evangelical revival meeting.
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