ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASES
- In Memorium: Ed Elstun, Former Association PresidentFeb 3rd, 2016
We are sad to report the death of Ed Elstun, who served as President of our Association in 1981-82 and as Treasurer from 1984-1987. He began his career at Snow Corporation in 1953 and retired as President and CEO in 1987. He was 90.
Ed's service to this Association and many of our members extended long after his time in leadership positions. We have received several calls from members who recounted how Ed had taken the time to review business plans with them and provide wise advice over the years.
Current and former staff members also benefited greatly from Ed's willingness to provide advice, encouragement and share his perspective on various issues. Much credit for our Association's strength today is properly credited to Ed Elstun and other similar leaders over many decades whose efforts and leadership built the strong foundation we stand on today.
In addition to his service to our Association, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His life-long love for naval aviation was fostered during the war while he was based on many islands in the Southwest Pacific.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Nov. 3, 2015 – Members of the Board of Directors of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association elected a president, treasurer, and secretary during the Association’s 2015 Fall Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
New Association officers are:
President Ric Kirby. Kirby is president of Kirby Manufacturing Inc. in Merced, Calif. He has served on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2007. Kirby succeeds Mike Kloster, president of Worksaver, Inc., in Litchfield, Ill.Treasurer Marc McConnell. McConnell is chairman of the Board of Directors at Art’s Way Manufacturing Co. in Armstrong, Iowa. He is a former president of the Association and has served on its board since 2007. McConnell succeeds Bob Atkinson, president of W&A Manufacturing Co. in Pine Bluff, Ark.Secretary Michael Irish. Michael Irish is Landoll Corporation’s Brillion Brand Manager in Brillion, Wis. Irish was elected to a second term on the board in 2014. He succeeds Stan McFarlane, who is a vice president at McFarlane Manufacturing Co., Inc., in Sauk City, Wis.
McFarlane was promoted to second vice president during the election on Oct. 30. Paul Jeffrey with MacDon Industries Ltd. in Winnepeg, Canada, advanced from second vice president to first. Mike Kloster, who completed his term as president with this election, is now an ex-officio member of the executive team.This newly appointed executive team leads a 16-person Board of Directors and a 725-member Association that serves as the collective voice and resource for shortline farm equipment manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information, contact Vernon Schmidt, the Association’s executive vice president, at (314) 878-2304.