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Made in the Midwest: Keeping Up With Farming Technology

Posted at: 02/04/2013 4:36 AM
Updated at: 02/04/2013 7:08 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The wheels are turning, literally, for one manufacturer in St. Ansgar, Iowa. At Wold Rim & Wheel, the focus is making the best rims available while adapting to the latest farm technology.

There's lots of noise inside this shop. but they're familiar sounds ingrained in the minds of those who work here.

"We have workers who've been here 25, 30 years and that's key for what they're doing," said Kelvin Wold, president of Wold Rim & Wheel.

These workers' job? Make rims and wheels for farm equipment. tractors, large and small but mostly large.

The products made here come in all different sizes and colors and some are even made for John Deere tractors.

Since the company started more than 50 years ago, there's been lots of change in the field, which means lots of changes at the company as well.

"The equipment has gotten a lot bigger...that's really the niche we have is either the tires size or the equipment that's changing," said Wold.

He says the company did well through the recession and last year's drought. But the constant change in farm technology comes with a different set of challenges.

But what's reassuring is "the farmers are going to put a crop in and take it out every year," said Wold.

Like all the noise in the shop, it's a constant these workers can depend on.

The company primarily does its business in the Midwest and Canada.