founded a village forge in 1828. From that beginning, the company has
evolved to become one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural
implements in the world. Read more about Kuhn's history
Kuhn-produced machines were distributed in North America in the
1960s. The initial
sales were in the Northeast United States and Canada. As the business
grew, sales expanded to other parts of the United States and Canada, where
Kuhn pioneered markets and introduced new products such as disc mowers,
disc mower conditioners, and rotary rakes that improved various farming
techniques. Kuhn Farm Machinery, Inc., the Kuhn North American
distribution company, was incorporated in the United States in
1976, in Vernon, New
York, a small farming community in the heart of upstate New York. The
facility occupies a 25,000 sq. ft building that underwent a major
expansion and renovation in 1990.
1988, Kuhn purchased
the business of its former warehouse and sales representative in Quebec,
Canada. This business, located in Ste-Madeleine, Quebec, later became
Machinerie de Ferme Kuhn, the company's Canadian subsidiary.
1997, Kuhn proceeded
with the construction of a brand new 28,000 sq. ft Distribution Center in
Columbia, Tennessee, for the warehousing of machines and service parts, to
serve the South and Central U.S. market areas.
The Creation of Kuhn Knight
Kuhn purchased Knight Manufacturing Company, based in Brodhead, Wisconsin.
Stan Knight, a local dairy farmer, founded the company in 1945 as Brodhead
Machine Welding Company, which became Knight Manufacturing Company in
Kuhn Knight has a rich tradition of designing and
manufacturing innovative, reliable, and high-quality products for the farm
industry. The first major challenge came from an Iowa customer in
1949 who said, “I wish
someone would make a spreader that would not break down in frozen manure.”
This was the birth of the company's apron box spreader line.
saw the birth of the “Auggie”, the company’s entry into the feed mixer
market. The original mixer was a three-auger design that enabled producers
to provide a total mixed ration for their livestock. Most of these early
machines were sold to beef producers. The
1970s was a decade of accelerated growth,
with several new spreader and mixer models introduced.
challenges because of the downturn in the agricultural economy. However,
new key products were introduced during these years that are still
produced in high numbers today, such as the Slinger side-discharge manure
spreader and the Reel Auggie TMR mixer. As the economy rallied in the
Company responded with renewed development and plant expansions. In
1995, Knight purchased
the Botec Company, based in Greeley, Colorado. Botec specialized in
manufacturing large horizontal 4-auger TMR mixers designed for large farm
operations in the western United States.
acquisition by Kuhn in 2002,
the company has increased its product offerings in mixing and spreading,
and introduced new products such as the SpeedRake wheel rake line, and the
MergeMaxx windrow merger line. Three major plant expansions took place in
between 2004 and 2008, more than tripling the available manufacturing
Kuhn in North America Today
2008, Kuhn Farm
Machinery and Kuhn Knight merged to form Kuhn North America, Inc. Today,
Kuhn markets over 10,000 machines per year in North America. Kuhn machines
and service parts are sold under the Kuhn and Kuhn Knight brands, and are
distributed in the US and Canada through a retail network of over 1,000
independent farm equipment dealers.
Over 500 Kuhn
North America employees work at the company's headquarters in Brodhead,
Wisconsin; at four regional distribution centers in Colorado, New York,
Tennessee, and Washington; and at a subsidiary, Machinerie de Ferme Kuhn
in Quebec, Canada. Kuhn North America's employees are dedicated to
providing quality products and excellent customer service to dealers and
As a result of its rich and diverse
history, Kuhn has achieved North American and worldwide leadership in many
of its product segments, including hay tools, TMR mixers, and manure
Agricultural requirements are
constantly changing and the demand for quality products and services
continues to grow. Today, more than ever before, Kuhn strives to ensure
the availability of the best machine to satisfy the changing demands of
the marketplace. Kuhn is dedicated to serving agriculture now and in the
future with quality products, parts and service.
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