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Made in the Midwest: The Twisting of Twine

Posted at: 11/20/2012 7:47 AM
Updated at: 11/20/2012 6:34 PM
By: Ellery McCardle

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- For nearly 40 years, Bridon Cordage of Albert Lea has been making twine. A kind that's durable and used by farmers around the world.

Quiet on the outside but inside the plant, there's a lot of twisting and turning.

The machines spin at all hours of the day making polypropylene baler twine. A strong, synthetic type used by farmers.

When making baler twine there's a huge transformation from start to finish and it all begins with pellets. By the time the process is over it comes in all different sizes and colors.

Jade Sherman, marketing and sales manager doesn't mind bragging.

"We feel we make the best product in the world here," said Sherman.

Why? the answer is on the label "proudly made in the USA." As with anything, success doesn't come without setbacks.

"We have a lot of foreign competition. The value of our product is achieved I think because we're a  U.S. company. Bridon Cordage typically costs more but we feel we manufacture a higher quality product," said Sherman.

Leaders credit that strong Midwestern work ethic.

"We get a lot of committed workers dedicated to the company who do a good job," said Terry VanKampen, vice president of manufacturing.

As the company expands its products into other countries, production is spinning forward, just as it has been for nearly 40 years.

"I feel committed to doing everything possible to keep the plant here," said VanKampen.

Bridon Cordage has a smaller manufacturing plant in Idaho.

The company also recycles and re-makes from used twine. We're told it's the only manufacturer in the world doing that.