Board Elects Officers, Members Elect Directors

Janea Danuser will lead the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association in 2020. Members of the Board of Directors elected her as president on Wednesday.

Danuser is vice president and co-owner of Danuser Machine Company in Fulton, Mo. The company manufactures agricultural and industrial attachments as well as OEM parts and assemblies. Janea is a fourth-generation co-owner of the company, which was founded in 1910.

She succeeds Nick Jensen of Thurston Manufacturing in Thurston, Neb. Serving with Danuser in officer roles will be:

  • First Vice President Matt Westendorf, general manager of Westendorf Manufacturing Co. in Onawa, Iowa.
  • Second Vice President Tim Burenga, vice president of sales and purchasing at Worksaver, Inc., in Litchfield, Ill.
  • Treasurer Paul Jeffrey, general manager at MacDon in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Secretary Ben Hellbusch, vice president of sales and marketing at Duo Lift Manufacturing Co. and general manager at Busch Equipment Co., both in Columbus, Neb.

The officers will lead a 16-person Board of Directors. Hours before their election, member companies at the Association’s annual business meeting elected these executives to three-year terms as directors:

  • Marc Ivey, vice president of business development for Dirt Dog Manufacturing in Commerce, Ga.
  • Phil Landoll, vice president of operations at Landoll Corp., in Marysville, Kan.
  • Clair Ellis, president of Ellis Equipment Co. in Logan, Utah.
  • Jon Sherrod, area manager for Bondioli & Pavesi in Ashland, Va.

Ivey, Landoll, and all of the officers are farm implement manufacturers. Ellis serves as the board representative for equipment marketers, and Sherrod represents the companies that supply component parts and services to manufacturers.

“These companies are the industry’s innovators,” said Vernon Schmidt, the Association’s executive vice president. “They are nimble and respond quickly when farmers’ needs change. They are, for the most part, companies that began with big ideas and modest means, and this Association supports them however it can so they can focus on their next big idea.”