NH Milestone: 700,000th Square Baler

October 30, 2008 07:00 PM
An AgWeb.com Farm Equipment Special

New Holland is celebrating the 700,000th square hay baler, extending its long heritage of a machine that revolutionized hay making, dating back some 70 years with the invention by a New Holland, Pa. Farmer named Ed Nolt.

According to the company’s announcement of this significant milestone, the New Holland, Pa., facility is the largest of its kind in the world, with balers and other hay tool equipment shipped from New Holland to countries around the world. The most recent facility enhancements came in the form of a $34 million upgrade project including a plant expansion and renovation with two new, state-of-the-art paint systems.

Earlier this year, production of five new product lines was transferred to the New Holland manufacturing facility, resulting in the addition of 110 new jobs. In addition to square balers, the New Holland manufacturing facility also produces round balers, pull-type forage harvesters and other haying equipment.

The 700,000th New Holland square baler, a Model BC5070, is one of the new generation square balers New Holland has introduced this year. The commemorative unit features unique decaling designed to represent the era when New Holland introduced the first automatic self-tie baler, launching its reputation as an innovator and leader in hay harvesting technology. A limited number of the specially-decaled balers will be available as part of a celebration marking the 700,000th square baler.

The 700,000th square baler made at New Holland was unveiled and presented to farmer Ken Myer of Elizabethtown, located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pa. Myer has purchased over 20 New Holland square balers in the past two decades, upgrading his baler for a new model every year.

Members of the Ed Nolt family joined in the historic celebration along with New Holland employees and a number of top New Holland dealers from throughout the United States.

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