Summers Manufacturing builds a `Field-Tested Tough` line of tillage equipment, land rollers, sprayers, rock pickers and mounted attachments. Summers Manufacturing was founded in 1965 by Harley Summers. Today, we’re a 100-percent employee owned company. That means every employee has a stake in the company’s success. As a result, our focus is solely on our customers…not on shareholders. And it’s everybody’s personal endeavor to develop Field Tested Tough equipment that’s better than anything else you’ll find.
Introduced the VRT - Variable Rate Tillage.
New website design rolled out.
After outgrowing its Aberdeen facility, Summers constructs a larger building nearby for assembly, parts and distribution.
Offices added to Devils Lake facility.
Another expansion to the Devils Lake facility features a state-of-the art paint system.
The North Dakota Trade Office names Summers Manufacturing the North Dakota Exporter of the Year.
Summers Manufacturing proudly becomes 100 percent employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
CoulterChisel and Rolling Choppers introduced.
Land rollers introduced.
Once again, Summers expands the Devils Lake factory.
As demand for products stretches farther south, Summers begins leasing a distribution center in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
After identifying farmers’ needs for a new tillage solution, Summers develops the industry’s first true vertical tillage tool: the Supercoulter. Since then, practically every other manufacturer has emulated this concept, and vertical tillage has become a common term among most farmers.
A series of expansions takes place at the Maddock and Devils Lake facilities from 1994-1997. The added space accommodates the production of Summers’ rapidly growing product line.
Pickup-mounted sprayers introduced.
The Devils Lake facility undergoes its first expansion.
Hydraulic-fold packer and Harrow Packer introduced.
Melroe harrow line acquired by Summers.
Summers introduces a unique new tillage concept with the Herman Diamond Disk. Offering significant advantages over traditional X-frame disks, it changes the way many farmers look at tillage.
Harley Summers earns recognition from the Small Business Administration as North Dakota’s Small Business Person of the Year.
Summers purchases the manufacturing and marketing rights to the Fargo Field Sprayer line of products.
Summers once again outgrows its Maddock facility. But this time, the company needs more land than is available at the current site. As a result, Summers builds its new 26,000-square-foot factory on 24 acres within the new Devils Lake industrial park.
Summers purchases the manufacturing and marketing rights of Crown rock pickers.
Due to overwhelming success, Summers constructs a 20,000-square-foot plant and office building. However, the new space was quickly outgrown, and another 20,000-square-foot assembly plant was added in 1975, bringing the total square footage of the Maddock facility to 47,000.
After collaborating with local farmer Ardon Herman to build a heavy-duty harrow, Summers purchases the rights to manufacture and market the product. Originally known as the Herman Harrow, it quickly helped Summers earn its reputation for building Field Tested Tough agricultural equipment.
Harley Summers incorporates his business, officially naming it Summers Manufacturing Company, Inc.
After searching for new business opportunities, Harley Summers purchases the patent rights for Goebel truck and pickup hoists. He starts manufacturing the products in a small shop but quickly outgrows the space, requiring him to build a 7,200-square-foot factory in Maddock to meet demand.
What is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)?
This is the plan where employees own a substantial part or the entire company.
What does it mean to be employee owned?
Being employee owned means that the employees have a stake in the company. The success of the company is tied directly to employee goals and accountabilities.
What are the objectives of an ESOP?
Most stock plans have one or a combination of the following as objectives:
- Employee commitment and a feeling of ownership
- Creating additional wealth for employees
- To supplement retirement / social security benefits
- To attract talented / highly valued professionals
- To retain employees or specific skill groups
Our mission is to build field-tested tough agricultural equipment to help farmers feed and fuel the world.