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A Solid Foundation
Co-founders L.G.(Lawrence) and Richard Unverferth often
looked for ways to make their own and their Kalida, Ohio neighbors'
farming operations more efficient. In this picture from 1938, Richard
(seated) is working on one of their first innovations to mechanize the
thinning of sugar beets. This beet blocker was one of their first forays
into farm equipment before the official founding of the company.
Shortly after graduating high school, Richard enlisted
in the U.S. Navy and served in submarine service until 1947. After the end
of World War II, jobs were scarce with the return of all the servicemen.
Richard and his father, L.G., armed with their passion for farming and
helping other farmers, began making tractor step plates and control levers
in the family barn. The two, along with other family members, would make
as many tools as they had materials, and load them into the trunk of
Richard's car. Richard would then traverse across the countryside
promoting and selling these goods. On his return trip to Kalida, he
purchased raw materials to manufacture the next batch with the proceeds
from the sales. Thus, in 1948, the foundation for Unverferth Manufacturing
was firmly laid.
Growth and New Fields
In the early 1950s, the resourceful Unverferth duo
invented and began producing dual wheels for farm tractors. A small
machine shop was built and the business was now firmly established. The
network of dealers grew, as did sales. In 1963, after using several rented
spaces for warehousing and production, building commenced at the present
Kalida, Ohio site to combine offices, production and warehouse space. The
company continued to focus on custom-built agricultural and dual wheels
throughout the decade, and added running gear in the mid 60s. The passion
of the Unverferths for developing and introducing new products to the
marketplace led to the addition of the Hammer and Gump wheel line in 1965.
Introduction of Harogator - Farm Science Review
The Unverferth product line expanded in the 1970s to
include Unverferth McCurdy gravity boxes, farm wagons, grain and bale
elevators and refuse containers. The tillage lineup of products began in
the late 1970s with the Harogator® spike-tooth tillage tool. These new
product lines prospered and continued to be the focus of the company,
along with wheels into the 1980s.
Products such as the Culti-Planter field cultivator,
Rolling Harrow soil conditioner and Unverferth Grain Carts all premiered
during the 80s. Wheels have always been at the heart of the company and
the 1980s were no exception with the introduction of high-clearance narrow
The late 1980s brought yet another product line
expansion with the addition of Brent Products in Shell Rock, Iowa. In
1988, Unverferth introduced an industry exclusive with the Brent Grain
Cart and its single corner-mounted auger. The Brent line grew into tillage
products with the 1990 introduction of the CPC 2000 disk ripper followed
by the HCV 2000 field cultivator in 1994.
Reduced tillage practices gained ground during the
1990s and Unverferth led these new practices with innovative Zone-Tillage
products, drill fills for no-till drills, Brent high-residue field
cultivators and a no-till version of its popular Culti-Planter, just to
name a few. Reduced tillage methods grew and tools such as the
Zone-Builder implement, Tremor subsoiler and Ripper-Stripper evolved to
meet those needs.
The new millennium continues bringing new, innovative
products to the marketplace in the Unverferth tradition. With the rapid
adoption of bulk seed, and seeing a need to help farmers plant more acres
faster, the patented Seed Runner tender was introduced. Its patented
conveyor design enables farmers to quickly and gently load their planters
and drills, as well as fills the dual compartment Seed Runner with the
seed for speedy delivery.
From the innovative beginnings in a small farm shed, to
the current-day, state-of-the-art production facilities, Unverferth
Manufacturing is poised to continue growing. We look to the future using
our co-founders sound philosophy of manufacturing and marketing innovative
products to help our farming “neighbors” be as efficient as possible.
Our Business Hours:
(April - November):
Monday thru Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - Noon
(Sales & Service)
~ 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat: 7:30 a.m. - Noon