H&S Manufacturing Co. Inc. was founded by Mr. Lauri Heikenen
and two partners in 1967. In the years that followed, Mr. Heikenen
bought out his
original partners and H&S remains a family owned business. The
business was started to manufacture and sell self-unloading forage
boxes to farm equipment dealers. The original manufacturing facility
was a 50 x 100' block building with a verysmall office located on
5 acres in the then new Marshfield Industrial Park.
Over its 32-year history, H&S has experienced steady expansion
of facilities, products, and markets. The original 5,000 square foot
manufacturing plant has grown to 220,000 square feet on 56 acres in
Marshfield and Clintonville, Wl. and Ripley, NY.
From its beginning, the dairy farm industry has always been H&S's
most important market. In 1968, there were 14 manufacturers making
forage boxes for the dairy industry, though today that number has
dropped to five. In 1968, H&S was the newest manufacturer of that
group, while today H&S sets the standard for the industry and
dominates the market.
Manure spreaders are another major product H&S supplies to the dairy industry, and H&S manure spreaders have become a dominant player in this market as well. Indeed H&S manure spreaders are used on dairy farms as far away as Korea and Japan. H&S manure spreaders have also gained great acceptance for the commercial spreading of municipal sludge. H&S's larger industrial grade Top Shot spreaders are literally spreading municipality generated sludge from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1988, H&S chose to enter the large hay rake market. In the
11 years since, H&S has become not only the largest player in
that market, but also the design leader, with six patents granted
by the U.S. government for new designs of bi-fold and high-capacity
rakes. The rake business has significantly increased H&S's presence
in ag-markets beyond the dairy industry.
In 1991, H&S formed a new division to manufacture and market trailers
under the Loadmaster label. The H&S Loadmaster business started
with snowmobile trailers and now includes utility and cargo trailers
as well. Today the trailer line is continuing to grow with 37 different
models available through a separate network of over 200 dealers.
For the future, H&S is leading the pack in two developing agricultural
technologies, wrapping high moisture baleage, and crop-merging in
front of high capacity self propelled choppers. With its demonstrated
ability to increase sales in shrinking markets, H&S is confident
of its ability to lead in these new growing markets.
H&S is proud to be one of the sponsors of the National
Farm Medicine Center
H&S Manufacturing Company, Inc. 2608 S. Hume Avenue PO Box 768
Telephone (715) 387-3414 Marshfield, WI 54449