On the family farm one night in 1981, agricultural engineer Vance Lundell had a fantastic idea. While carrying out one of those unpleasant tasks which hog owners must, he thought of how nice it would be to move more materials by auger. Knowing that manure would quickly corrode traditional steel augers, his next idea would forever change the agriculture industry: What if augers could be made of plastic? Vance spent the next several years researching, developing, and testing what would become the first ever poly auger. As Vance had predicted, the corrosion resistance and light weight proved useful in many other applications such as seed handling and industrial production. Poly Straight flighting went into production in the Quad Cities and gained success despite the prevailing farm crisis. After 2 years, the business needed room to grow, so Vance decided to move Lundell Plastics back to the family farm where it all began.
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Over the years, the great ideas have continued to come in the form of groundbreaking Lundell Plastics products. Lundell's poly flighting is now the industry standard for durability and performance, sold as standard equipment in many leading equipment brands. Now with a major manufacturing facility near the family farm in Odebolt, Iowa, the company is a champion of American crafted innovation. The latest improvements to the plant include over 13,000 additional square feet and the most cutting-edge fabrication technologies, making room for the next generation of product designs. It all started right here with a single good idea, and right here will continue to be 'where innovation takes shape'.
Designing products to make you more efficient with your time and money.
It sure hasn't felt like long. It was just 35 years ago that the idea to manufacture equipment from industrial–strength plastic became Lundell Plastics. We've enjoyed working with you, which is why we're so excited to celebrate 35 years.
When we started out, the Farm Crisis of the 1980s was just beginning. Our Poly Straight Flighting went into production around that time, and it quickly gained success. Such ingenuity was what pulled America out of the Crisis.
With the trend towards bulk seed in the '90s, we worked hard to supply flighting for those applications. Keeping you in mind has allowed us to grow throughout the years and provide more products.
While we've grown a lot in the last 35 years, we've also grown quite a bit recently. In the last several years, we've introduced additional combine corn head products, added various news sizes for existing products, and expanded our facilities by completing a 16,000 sq ft research and development expansion. We've also added new thermoforming machines to our Odebolt, Iowa, headquarters so we can manufacture more to fit your needs.
We're always working to move forward while providing you with the best products and service possible. The last 35 years were great, so we want to make the next 35 years (and beyond) even better – for us and for you.
A History of Innovation
In 1981, agricultural engineer Vance Lundell had an idea that would change the ag industry: What if augers could be made of plastic? Vance spent the next several years researching, developing, and testing what would become the first–ever poly auger. Its corrosion resistance and light weight proved useful in many other applications, such as seed handling and industrial production.
Since then, great ideas have continued to come in the form of groundbreaking products. It all started with a single good idea, and Lundell Plastics will continue to bewhere innovation takes shape.