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GK Machine Wins National Innovative Award
Oregon farm equipment manufacturer wins national innovation award
By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian
on October 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM, updated October 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM
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A high-tech field scraper made by GK Machine of Donald, Ore., a farm equipment manufacturing company that sells all over the world, has been chosen one of agriculture’s ten most innovative new products.
The company’s GK Switchblade Scraper will be honored at the 2013 World Ag Expo, held Feb. 12-14 in Tulare, Calif.
The GPS-guided scraper, used to level fields for planting, features two technological advances. The frame and blade automatically fold in half behind a tractor, allowing the wide implement to be safely moved from field to field. They resume working position at the push of a button, saving time by eliminating the need for the tractor operator to get out and position the scraper blade manually.
Second, independent lift cylinders automatically adjust the angle of the blade, reducing the need for multiple passes over a field and again saving time and fuel. The scrapers are especially favored by farmers such as rice growers, who need precise leveling to manage irrigation.
The company plans to make 50 to 60 of the scrapers next year, spokeswoman Connie Bradley said. They sell for about $60,000.
GK Machine was founded in the late 1970s by Gary and Keith Grossen, brothers who grew up on a dairy farm near Donald and found a niche repairing or fabricating equipment for other farmers. Keith Grossen has retired, leaving Gary Grossen as CEO.
The company was featured in an Oregonian article in August. It makes high-tech sprayers, sod cutters, trailers, land levelers and tomato harvesters for Willamette Valley, California and European farmers. It builds locomotives for an Alaska tourist rail company, greenhouse frames for nursery owners and a mobile composter that it shipped to Malaysia. Farmers and others describe the company as innovative and flexible, with product quality that matches international competitors such as as John Deere, Case and Massey Ferguson.
The company has about $22 million in annual sales and employs a dozen engineers and 114 other employees. Gary Grossen has said he could put 50 more people to work if he could find enough qualified welders, fabricators and laser operators. A 70,000 square-foot plant expansion is planned next year.
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