ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASES
- Association Elects New Leadership in HoustonNov 8th, 2017
Houston, Nov. 8, 2017 -- The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, which represents companies in the farm implement industry in the United States and Canada, elected two new members to its 16-person Board of Directors today. Hours later, the new Board of Directors elected officers.
New Association members elected:
Mark Lamboley of Peru, Ill. Lamboley is director of business development for HCC, Inc., in Mendota, Ill. HCC designs and manufactures reels and sieves for combines. It has operations in North America and South America, specifically Curitiba, Brazil. HCC also owns Triple-C in Kansas, which manufactures attachments for skid steer and three-point applications.
Randy R. Reinke of Minnetonka, Minn. Reinke is president and CEO of Custom Products of Litchfield, a sheet metal fabricator specializing in the design and manufacture of cabs and roll bars for the off-highway vehicle market. Reinke also owns and manages Reinke Properties, LLC. He serves on several boards and committees, including the Grow Minnesota! Advisory committee, which is a program of the state's Chamber of Commerce.
The men were elected to three-year terms during the Association's annual Marketing & Distribution Convention, which was hosted this year in Houston. They join 14 other executives who represent a segment of the agricultural industry that designs and produces equipment to complement mass-produced lines. The Association serves as the collective voice, advocate, and resource for about 700 companies.
Also during the meeting in Houston, the Board of Directors elected officers. Serving as Association president for 2018 will be Stan McFarlane, who is vice president for McFarlane Manufacturing Co., Inc., in Sauk City, Wis. He oversees the company's tillage equipment manufacturing and structural steel fabrication.
Serving with McFarlane for one-year terms on the 2018 executive committee will be:
First Vice President Nick Jensen, who is president of Thurston Manufacturing Co. in Thurston, Neb.
Second Vice President Janea Danuser, who is vice president and co-owner of Danuser Machine Co. in Fulton, Mo.
Treasurer Andrew Cummings, who is president of T.G. Schmeiser Co. in Selma, Calif.
Secretary Matt Westendorf, who is general manager of Westendorf Manufacturing Co. in Onawa, Iowa.
Paul Jeffrey, general manager at MacDon in Kansas City, just completed his term as president and will transition to an ex officio role on the executive committee.
To learn more, contact Kristi Ruggles with the Association at (314) 660-7341.
- Ag Secretary Perdue to tour Sukup Manufacturing Aug 1st, 2017
We are very please to see that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced he will tour one of our long time member companies, Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield, IA this coming Saturday morning.
The visit to Sukup Manufacturing will be part of a five-state RV tour, titled the “Back to Our Roots” Tour, to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill and increasing rural prosperity. Along the way, Perdue will meet with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, Members of Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees, and other stakeholders.
This is the first of two RV tours the secretary will undertake this summer. In making the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:
“The ‘Back to our Roots’ Farm Bill and rural prosperity RV listening tour will allow us to hear directly from people in agriculture across the country, as well as our consumers – they are the ones on the front lines of American agriculture and they know best what the current issues are,” Perdue said. “USDA will be intimately involved as Congress deliberates and formulates the 2018 Farm Bill. We are committed to making the resources and the research available so that Congress can make good facts-based, data-driven decisions. It’s important to look at past practices to see what has worked and what has not worked, so that we create a farm bill for the future that will be embraced by American agriculture in 2018.”