Whether it’s a four-wheel drive tractor with a planter mounted into the air, a series of to-scale grain carts stacked as a tower, or its impressive manufacturing facility, Kinze Manufacturing has attracted many eyeballs and visitors along their travels through Iowa on I-80.
In January, the company opened its first-ever museum open to the public at the Kinze Innovation Center. All of the major agricultural inventions by Kinze founder and president Jon Kinzenbaw, as well as those made by Kinze engineers are highlighted in the exhibits.
Kinze Manufacturing began in 1965 when Jon Kinzenbaw took out a small bank loan and used his gifts and abilities with machinery and design to build what is today quoted as one of the largest family-owned, privately held ag machinery companies.
The exhibits include:
A Tractor of the season from the private Kinzenbaw collection
A replica of the first workshop, including the Kinzenbaw’s original welding bench
An area where visitors can design their own Kinze planter and grain cart
An example of a Kinze repowered John Deere 5020.
The first Kinze grain cart
Kinze Autonomy, the world’s first large-scale, truly autonomous row-crop solution
Company milestones include: the company’ s first mass produced item was an anhydrous applicator; the first two-wheel grain cart, although many thought the equipment would be a fad, it was quickly an adopted piece of machinery and in five years farmers thought it a necessity for harvest; push units on planters; Twin-Line pivot fold planters; and more.
Completed in December 2012, the Innovations Center is now open to the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required, but large groups are asked to call ahead.
Interactive displays for adults and kids, including this Kinze Innovation Diplomat pledge:
Learn more here: http://www.kinze.com/visit-us.aspx