Dakota Concepts – Bismarck, ND
Prior to developing Dakota Concepts in 2006, Jeran Harmon, was a property manager in Bismarck, North Dakota, who was simply looking for someone who had the time and capabilities to do some parking lot maintenance. Ironically, his failure to find the needed assistance opened a door for Harmon that has since led into a full-fledged business that specializes in every aspect of asphalt and parking area maintenance.
Master Construction – Fargo, ND
When you’re faced with a $10.6 million project that has to be completed in six months, it pays to have confidence in your crew and your equipment. It doesn’t hurt, either, to get a little help from Cat® AccuGrade GPS technology to save time measuring and checking grades.
Engelhart Ranch – Barnard, SD
Years ago, the main crops produced by Engelhart Ranch, near Barnard, South Dakota, were wheat and sunflowers, supplemented by a little bit of corn. Today, the crop acreage is divided between corn and soybeans. But that’s not the only transition that has recently taken place on the fourth generation family farm.
There aren’t many people in the world who have literally turned a job they started in middle school into a thriving business before their 30th birthday. You might compare it to somebody growing a lemonade stand into a full-fledged restaurant. However, to his credit, Fargo businessman Mike Svaleson is one of those unique people who has done just that and turned a part-time job into an enterprise.
Horsch Focuses On Ag Technology
By 1982, Michael Horsch had not only received his first patent, but had developed a second Horsch no-till machine. The research and development of unique seeding equipment ultimately led to the formation of Horsch Mashinen GmbH in Schwandorf in 1984. Since that time, the company has spent more time as an innovator than a follower, introducing such innovative products as the FG18, which was the largest field cultivator of its kind at the time of its introduction in 1999; the Pronto DC, which combined cultivating, consolidating, sowing and pressing in one pass, and the unique Joker.
Hazer’s Metal & Recycling – West Fargo, ND
It often said that, One thing leads to another, and that was certainly the case with Hazer’s Metal, Inc., in West Fargo, North Dakota. As company manager Duane Hazer explains, the family’s metal salvage business actually evolved as a spin-off of an auto and truck parts business started by his dad and brother back in 1969. When you have cars and trucks that you salvage for parts, you have metal left over when everything of value has been removed, he relates. So we started processing metals and have got more heavily involved in that since.
Strand Farms – Portland, ND
As a Butler sales representative, Nate Gion has to be pleased that his persistence in pursuing equipment sales with Strand Farms near Portland, North Dakota, finally paid off. However, it seems Merle Strand and his son, Jason, are equally delighted. If it hadn’t been for Gion’s efforts to sway their opinions, they might still be using equipment that now seems inferior in comparison, and, worse yet, working with a dealership that doesn’t hold a candle to Butler Machinery when it comes to service.
Gowan Construction – Grand Forks, ND
Gowan Construction Inc. started with Roy and Charles Gowan, a vision and two pieces of machinery in 1962. Gowan Construction Inc’s owners, Milt Gowan Ray Gowan and Mark Gowan, has since grown this business to over 130 employees™ with an equipment list of over 100 pieces.
Van Bedaf Dairy – Carrington, ND
When CornÃ© Van Bedaf and his wife, Conny, moved from the Netherlands to Carrington, North Dakota, in 2008, following a seven“year stop in Alberta, Canada, they brought more than their hopes and dreams. They also brought their passion for Fendt tractors, which are especially popular in Europe.
Titan Oilfield Services
When managing partners Bryce Shypkoski and Rosemary Hunter started Titan Oilfield Service in 2010, Bryce admits that his perception of Cat® equipment was that it was expensive. Today, having recently purchased three Cat® backhoe loaders, one tracked hydraulic excavator and a skid steer loader from Butler Machinery Company in Dickinson, North Dakota, he has discovered Cat equipment is quite competitive in price.
SM Fencing & Energy Services, Inc.
When Seth Murphy accepted a job in the spring of 2006 to build a fence around an oil field facility, he never expected it would lead to a business that would eventually employ 185 people and consistently offer more than 35 different services to over 100 clients.
Steier Oil Field Service
When the thermometer reads 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of November, you know that winter is just getting started and conditions will only get worse. That’s just one of the reasons Steier Oil Field Service, based in Dickinson, North Dakota, relies heavily on Cat® equipment to perform many of the services they offer.
The lettering on the century-old barn, œOlson Stock Farm, Est. 1919, represents the family farm that was established almost 100 years ago by Rodger Olson’s grandfather and uncle. But one would be hard pressed to find any livestock on the farm today. Instead, Olson Farms, located near Leonard, North Dakota, is devoted entirely to corn, soybeans and sunflowers.
Chuck Moen can certainly empathize with any farmer who’s put in a 12-
hour day during planting or harvest season. As plant manager of Alton
Agronomy in Hillsboro, North Dakota, Moen and his team often put in similar hours moving up to 4,400 tons of fertilizer per day. That means the company’s two Cat 938K wheel loaders equipped with 6 ½-yard buckets have to keep up the pace.
Jason Bowes, Bowes Construction
Jason Bowes, president and owner of Bowes Construction based in Brookings, South Dakota, knows how important it is to not only have the right equipment for the job, but to have reliable equipment. With a core business that is built around aggregate sales, asphalt production, grading and excavating, underground and road reclamation he has a wide range of clientele that depend on him and his company to complete the job on time and on budget.
Chad Berger, Berger Feedlot
If you were to judge by the number of hours his Caterpillar® Model 924K wheel loader is on the job, you might get the impression that Chad Berger owns a construction company or is, perhaps, a contractor. However, the contrast may be rather surprising.