Sukup Wins Innovation Awards

Five new products from Sukup Manufacturing Co. have been named by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) as among 48 outstanding ag innovations of 2019.

The products include a grain bin sweeping machine, an air system control, a cloud-based platform for controlling the company’s grain handling and storage equipment, a center sump for collecting grain, and a grain bin door safety latch.

Each of the products is featured in the January/February special issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World.

“We’re thrilled and frankly a bit flattered to receive five of these prestigious awards,” said Charles Sukup, chairman of the board of directors.

He said the awards show the company’s innovation as well as its dedication to finding ways to make grain handling and storage safer, more profitable and efficient for farmers and the agriculture industry.

Companies from around the world nominate products for AE50 Awards. An international panel of engineering experts selects up to 50 products that best reflect engineering advancements for the agricultural and food industries.

In other news, Steve Sukup officially assumed the role of president and CEO on Feb. 1. He succeeds his brother Charles Sukup.

“As a family-owned company, my priority as president will be to continually outperform our big corporate competitors by staying close to our customers,” Steve Sukup said.

Steve Sukup will be on stage at the Supply Summit with daughter Emily Schmitt, general counsel for Sukup, and Heather Bruce, who recently assumed ownership of Osmundson Manufacturing, which has been in her family for five generations. They will discuss family succession planning.

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