The 20,000th DewEze bale bed rolled off the manufacturing line at Harper Industries early in August.
That is a major accomplishment for the small Harper, Kansas company that began in the 1970s with a single product for loading and transporting small square hay bales; the brainchild of Harper Industries founder Dewey Hostettler. His name in turn is a tipoff to the company's signature product's name, DewEze.
In 1984, the company introduced the DewEze bed, designed for moving two big, round hay bales from storage to cattle pens or pastures and unloading them with equal ease.
To celebrate the milestone accomplishment of 20,000 bale beds, DewEze will be running a "20,000 Likes in 200 Days" sweepstakes for a chance to win a bale bed, valued up to $15,800.
To be eligible, participants must “like” the DewEze Facebook page, facebook.com/DewEzeMfg, then click on the contest to enter. The grand prize winner will be announced during the National Farm Machinery show in Louisville, Kentucky, February 16, 2017.
The DewEze bed is the only product that Harper Industries makes year round, according to Luke Thornton, vice president of operations. The company has expanded into making hydraulic pump kits and mounts, Harper Turf Equipment, Harper all-terrain mowers and Horsch Maestro planters -- all products that keep the company's workforce of about 120 people busy year-round and contributes to the fact that the company continues to grow without a layoff in the last 15 turbulent years for manufacturers nationwide.
“The bale bed market is a very important part of our business – the number of beds produced during each decade continues to increase,” notes Tim Penner, Harper Industries President. “We see this celebration as an important step to express our deep appreciation to the many people who have made the DewEze Bale Bed number one in the industry.”
A series of special events and promotions over the next six months will spotlight DewEze products and highlight their value to ranchers, dealers and employees.
The customized bale bed -- the 20,000th off the line, is a 682 Pivot Squeeze that will be on display at more than two dozen shows, open houses and field days over the next six months.
The DewEze big round bale handling system made its debut at the Kansas State Fair in 1984, showing cattlemen how expertly its Parallel Squeeze design handled bales. The flatbed’s style, convenience and rugged features were well received and paved the way for the expansion into the Pivot Squeeze model.
The latest series of bale beds deliver power and performance that customers have come to expect from the leader in big bale handling equipment.
Ralph Myers, Myers DewEze of Anadarko, Okla., started as a DewEze dealer in 1979. Selling an average 60 DewEze beds each year, the family business has been an asset in the 20,000 bale bed milestone. He said DewEze beds are built to outlast one, two or three work trucks.
“Two of the first beds I sold in 1984 are still working like it’s their first day on the job,” Myers said. “But each series has greatly improved ranchers’ chores in the field.”
Follow the 20,000 Bale Bed journey or find the closest DewEze event near you by visiting DewEze.com/20000th-bale-bed.
Call 800-835-1042 for more information on the full line of Harper Industries equipment or visit harperturfequipment.com.
Source: Harper Industries