Farm Focus – H&S Manufacturing Co. Inc.
H&S Manufacturing Co. Inc. was founded by Mr. Lauri Heikenen and two partners in 1967. In the years that followed, Mr. Heikenen bought out the original partners and H&S remains a family owned business. The business was started to manufacture and sell self-unloading forage boxes to farm equipment dealers. The original manufacturing facility was a 50 x 100’ block building with a very small office located on 5 acres in the then new Marshfield Industrial Park.
Over its history, H&S has experienced steady expansion of facilities, products, and markets. The original 5,000 square foot manufacturing plant has grown to 220,000 square feet on 56 acres in Marshfield and Clintonville, Wisconsin, and Ripley, NY.
From its beginning, the dairy farm industry has always been H&S’s most important market. In 1968, there were 14 manufacturers making forage boxes for the dairy industry, though today just a handful exist. In 1968, H&S was the newest manufacturer of that group, while today H&S sets the standard for the industry with forage boxes from 17’ to 40’ in size.
Manure spreaders are another major product H&S supplies to the dairy industry, and H&S manure spreaders have become a dominant player in this market as well. Indeed H&S manure spreaders are used on dairy farms as far away as Korea and Japan. H&S manure spreaders have also gained great acceptance for the commercial spreading of municipal sludge. H&S’s larger industrial grade Top Shot and Hydra-Push Manure Spreaders are literally spreading municipality generated sludge from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1988, H&S chose to enter the large hay rake market. In the years since, H&S has become not only the largest player in that market, but also the design leader, with six patents granted by the U.S. government for new designs of bi-fold and high-capacity rakes. H&S Rakes manufactured today range in size from 8 to 22 wheel. The rake business has significantly increased H&S’s presence in ag-markets beyond the dairy industry.
For the future, H&S is leading the pack in developing agricultural technologies such as wrapping high moisture baleage, and manure spreaders that have the capability to run a scale system with GPS. With its demonstrated ability to increase sales in shrinking markets, H&S is confident of its ability to lead in these new growing markets.
H&S is proud to be one of the sponsors of the National Farm Medicine Center since 1998.