Ron Lubke founded Quality Metal Works in September of 1983, after receiving an Agricultural Engineering Degree from Western Illinois University and spending 12 years as Project/Chief Engineer for three mid-sized manufacturing companies. He developed most of what Quality Metal Works markets because he was aware of farmers` direct need for those products. Ron`s first product - the Quality Ridge Reducer - is still in production today. In 1984 he started the weed wiper area of the business, with Quality Metal Works building carts that were compatible with Speidel Applicator brand weed wipers. Since then, the business has expanded to include a full line of weed wiping equipment, including ATV Mounting Brackets. In 1998, Quality Metal Works moved to a larger facility due to steady business growth. In 1999, Quality Metal Works purchased the Speidel Applicator business, and began manufacturing wick applicators.