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Return to the Roots

October 1, 2010
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

During the past four years, Don Landoll has placed greater focus on the products that he started his company with almost 50 years ago—ag equipment.

Based in Marysville, Kan., Landoll Corporation manufactures grain drills and 22 core models of tillage equipment. In addition, Landoll builds trailers, forklifts, and products for original equipment manufacturers. With a history of U.S. government contract work that spans more than two decades, Landoll has also made military wreckers, aircraft de-icers and military trailers.

“Diversification and vertical integration have been our keys to success,” says Landoll, founder and chairman of the company. “Our diversification allows us to have manufacturing equipment for one product line and to use that same equipment for a completely different product line.”

Landoll began his career as a manufacturer when he opened the Quick Service Welding Company in 1963. He then started Landoll Manufacturing, which was incorporated and became Landoll Corporation in 1975. While his business has grown to serve multiple industries, the first products to carry the Landoll name were a slip-in pickup stock rack and a chisel plow.

“High-dollar, low-volume products are our specialty,” Landoll says.

Today, the company’s manufacturing space totals more than 600,000 sq. ft. Including its headquarters, the company has six facilities in Marysville and one in Beloit, Kan., that focuses on tillage equipment and Icon scrapers.

Farmers with Landoll tillage tools may not realize that the company is No. 1 in narrow-aisle and very-narrow-aisle forklifts in the U.S. The company’s presence in the material handling market was amplified in 2003 when it acquired Drexel Industries, its main competitor at that time.

Landoll has 28 core trailer models for various worldwide markets and specialty applications.

“We started building trailers around the needs of the ag industry,” Landoll says. “For every problem, there’s an opportunity. I was hauling a tractor for the local implement dealer on a trailer that was undersized for the load. I saw the need for a ground-loading/off-loading trailer and then designed the first traveling axle trailer. That design became the basis of our trailer line.”

Today, the Landoll 800 Series trailers are designed to haul the largest combines on the market.

In 2007, the company acquired Icon Industries located in Beloit, Kan., and its line of scrapers.

The company uses approximately 100,000 lb. of steel a day across all of its product lines and has 15 robotic welders and 85 hand welders. One plate of raw steel can be used to cut out parts for all four product lines. The company makes its own hydraulic hoses and hose kits for the machines and uses a third of a mile of hydraulic hose every day.

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