Update: Geringhoff’s Live Announcement
Sep 11, 2012
German company Geringhoff announced its first factory to make ag equipment in the U.S.
Located in St. Cloud, MN, the factory will produce Geringhoff harvesting equipment, including its line of corn heads.
And the surrounding community and state seem to be thrilled. The press conference, which was attended by state and local politicians including Gov. Mark Dayton, Geringhoff corporate leaders, and other notable leaders, was broadcast live on the Geringhoff website.
The mayor of the city of St. Cloud, Dave Kleis, opened his remarks in German with, “Guten Morgen.”
He shared the story that St. Cloud was founded by a man named John Wilson who bought the entire area of the downtown for $100 and then gave it to German merchants who were willing to come and build the community.
Another historical legacy that builds on this announcement is that there were more than 100 tractor manufacturers that began in the state of Minnesota.
Geringhoff was founded in Germany in 1880 to make steam powered tractors and threshing machines and today is in its fifth generation of family ownership.
Geringhoff CEO Daniel Hansmeier and President of Geringhoff North America Joe Jandrisch have been working to establish a manufacturing center in the U.S. for more than two years. In the coming weeks, Geringhoff will hire 100 employees to manufacture its equipment in a factory that was chosen from more than 60 sites considered.
Since 2004, Geringhoff has been imported and represented in the U.S. by Minot, N.D. headquartered AEMSCO.
Jandrisch said that the manufacturing facility will focus on the Geringhoff products sold in North America, and Hansmeier made reference to products being developed specifically for North American markets.
One such project, which is still in development in the Geringhoff Independence Corn Head. When it was first being tested it was called by the code word, VC, and the development team is now working on the 10th revision of the prototype highlighted in this YouTube video.
“The Independence is our secret weapon,” Jandrisch says. “This will allow farmers to harvest the crops of the future in every row spacing in any direction.”
A few weeks back I received a postcard boasting “German Engineering, American Muscle.”
This was the latest news from Geringhoff
which plans a live broadcast at 11 a.m. CST to announce the full details. You can find that broadcast on their website here: www.Geringhoff.com
Company officials wouldn't reveal any details... so I’ll also be tuning in and will provide an update here on my blog.