Rural Manufacturing Company, Incorporated is one of the largest independently owned livestock and farm equipment dealers in the nation: We sell a wide range of products. We have a large inventory - most products are in stock and ready for shipment. We are family owned and operated since 1968. Customer satisfaction and prompt service are top priorities. Our sales staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We know our products because we use them with our own livestock and farming operations. We offer only quality brands and products - We realize you can find less expensive options, but they may not bring you the same level of satisfaction.
Vernon P. Hofer and Joe Danny Hofer started Rural Manufacturing Company, Incorporated in 1968. The first plant was established from a group of farm buildings existing on Vernon's farm 8 miles west on 1 1/2 miles north of Freeman, South Dakota. The first building used was a Quonset type shop, and as business increased it was necessary to build new structures and convert existing farm buildings. Farrowing crates were the basic output of Rural Manufacturing in the beginning. As more equipment was developed and demand for it increased, employees were hired to help with the manufacturing process. In the spring of 1976, it was decided to start construction on a new plant along US Highway 81 just north of Freeman, South Dakota.
Today, Rural Manufacturing produces a full line of livestock equipment and is a dealer for well over 30 other leading livestock equipment manufacturers. The company also custom manufactures a variety of products for other businesses. The building standing at this present site measures 80 ft. x 230 ft. with an additional 30 ft. x 30 ft. enclosed loading dock. In 1981, a 60 ft. x 164 ft. warehouse was erected to the northeast of the main plant. The original building west of Freeman which served as the first plant have been converted back to their original use as farm buildings.