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August SECO MFG Partnership Meeting

The Southeast Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (SECO MFG Partnership) hosted its latest meeting on August 6.  In addition to the usual agenda items such as grant preparation and member updates, this month the meeting had a couple of special guests: Bart Taylor, owner of Company Week, a Colorado publisher with a focus on business and company growth; and Lawrence Sutherland, a member of the La Junta Utility Board.

Lawrence Sutherland of the La Junta Utility Board joined the meeting to relay information to the industrial complex regarding Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s acquisition of municipal power infrastructure in the southeastern plains of Colorado.

The transaction would transition the control of infrastructure from Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) to Tri-State. Before the transaction can be finalized, each of the six municipal zones in ARPA must vote to approve it. The transaction includes a contract that would put Otero county municipal power under Tri-States control until 2050.

Bart Taylor is the owner and founder of Company Week, a Colorado publication for manufacturers and supply chain providers. Taylor attended SECO MFG Partnership’s meeting to get a feel for the goings on in La Junta’s industrial district.  He’s written about 992 manufacturers across America. Taylor feels that media can play an important role in emerging sectors.

Taylor shared some insights with the sector partnership, such as the fact that Food and Beverage is the fastest growing industry in Colorado, particularly the Boulder area. He also shared that the apparel industry was on the rise in Colorado, and that the parallel development of the hemp industry might lend itself to apparel.

Congressional Staffers Visit Oliver Manufacturing, CEO Brian Burney Talks Tariffs

Congressman Buck’s Staffers Visit Oliver Manufacturing

Three congressional staffers visited Oliver Manufacturing on Thursday, August 2, to tour the facility and learn more about the company and its presence in La Junta, Colorado. The staffers serve on Co. Congressman Ken Buck’s staff; Chief of Staff Ritika Robertson; Area Representative Erika Chavez; and Senior Legislative Assistant James Hampson.

The staffers were treated to a short walk through part of Oliver’s facility, guided by Oliver’s President, Brian Burney. Burney was happy to explain the seed industry and how Oliver Manufacturing’s machines and services fit into it. But the CEO  was also keen on speaking frankly about the effects felt from President Trump’s trade war.

What Does “American Made” Mean Today?

Since the company’s inception in 1930, Oliver Manufacturing has been the  manufacturer and provider of the world’s most popular gravity separator. In fact, during the company’s earliest years, Founder Oliver Steele sold almost exclusively in Mexico and South America due to a patent dispute between himself and the holder of the original Hi-Cap patent — Steele’s own mother.

Eighty-eight years later, Oliver Manufacturing still has many trusted business relationships with America’s southern neighbors. But President Trump’s steel tariffs and rhetoric surrounding NAFTA and free trade has made some  contacts rethink their connections to the Colorado company.

Burney explained to the visiting staffers how some prospective Mexican customers ultimately declined to do business with the company because of trade uncertainty stemming from the White House. Standing before a row of precision sizers ready for shipment to Brazil, Burney pointed to a sticker on one of the machines.

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“We’re very proud to be a Colorado manufacturer,” Burney says. “But ‘Colorado Made’ and ‘Made in America’ doesn’t mean as much as it used to.”

He elaborated, saying that the president’s trade aggression was harming American manufacturers, seed suppliers and their respective relationships abroad.

Burney stated that they threaten  rising industries such as hemp and hemp seed as well. While tariffs do not currently engage the Canadian hemp industry directly, Oliver Manufacturing’s machines are designed as much for hemp seed as they are for corn, wheat or soybean seed. Burney fears that as long as American foreign trade policy remains hostile to international trading partners, that businesses are at risk of missing market opportunities domestically and abroad.

Burney shared several documents with each staffer. They ranged from emails about the tariffs’ effects from close customers and Colorado business leaders to images of Oliver gravity separators incidentally appearing in major publications about the continually developing trade war.

The congressional staffers listened and would occasionally ask a question to make sure they understood correctly. Chief of Staff Ritika Robertson stated that House Representative Ken Buck was aware that the president’s tariffs were problematic for American businesses, and that Congress was discussing strategies on how to approach the president about resolving them somehow.

Oliver Secures Improved Size Right Cylinder Lead Times

Announcement: In May, we announced the less than stellar news that our lead times for the production of Size Right cylinders would be negatively impacted by the loss of our hardening supplier. Since that time, we have evaluated multiple suppliers with the same and varying hardening processes. We are happy to reveal that our production of Size Right cylinders is primed to resume this week with improved lead times.

Since May, we’ve sent and received samples to various prospective hardening suppliers. Through this process, we were able to evaluate and validate performance quality, pricing and lead times. We’ve made several changes that will improve the production process and ultimately get cylinders to our customers sooner. The evaluative process has resulted in an expansion of our current supplier network, an improvement of the overall quality of the hardening process, and reduced hardening lead times overall.

We are moving forward with the processes that we have in place, and cylinders will begin shipping this week to our new hardening partners. Look for your orders to start shipping throughout the next couple of weeks.
We thank our customers for their patience — it is paying off!

Sincerely,

OLIVER MANUFACTURING

Oliver Hosts Second CHPC Meeting

Oliver Manufacturing hosted its second CHPC (Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative) meeting on Thursday, 19. The cooperative discussed strategic outreach to spread awareness of its efforts to form a grassroots support network for hemp and hemp seed growers and producers that spans the state of Colorado.

Oliver provided the meeting space and is in talks to work with the cooperative to provide hemp seed cleaning and separation solutions.

CHPC Founder Duane Stjernholm describes the hemp cooperative as such: the CHPC is a Limited Cooperative Association (LCA). It will provide seed to sale harvesting and processing services to Industrial Hemp Industry in Colorado. Under an LCA, every shareholder gets one vote regardless of how many shares they own.  The Cooperative distributes profits to the Shareholders on a yearly basis.  CHPC’s focus is on the seeds and stalks of the Hemp plant. Seeds and stalks are processed for food, oil, building materials, paper, and many other products.  The CHPC will contract with local Hemp Growers for their crops and help develop markets for raw materials produced from processing the seeds and stems.

Pardue Groundbreaking: A Personal Reflection by Joe Pentlicki

My trip started out with many delays flying into Great Falls, MT. I was traveling at the behest of Pardue Grain, whom invited me to attend its groundbreaking ceremony. I was due to arrive at 9 PM, but did not arrive until nearly 1:15 AM the next day. However, I have learned that we are not in control of a lot of things, and airline flights are one of those. Jokingly, my wife told me that I could have driven there and gotten there sooner.

Then there was the arrival at the hotel. First, the doors were locked. Unless I already had a room key, I could not get through the main entrance. With a quick phone call to the front desk, I felt confident that my long day would end with some rest before the hours-long drive north the next morning. However, when I called to get let in, no one answered. It didn’t take too long, but the front desk person was back up front after about a 10-15 minute delay. She was taking care of another customer so no worries, it was what it was. I finally got checked in and made it up to my floor. Upon leaving the elevator, I looked down the hall and felt like I was in some old movie from somewhere. I took a picture of the hallway and posted it to my Facebook. There were a few folks who responded telling me I took a picture from the classic movie “The Shining.” Yes, this made me feel more comfortable than ever.

All kidding aside, this was an invaluable trip for me. I was honored to receive a personal invitation from Roger Sammons, the owner of Pardue Grains. I went into the event not knowing what to expect, but I felt that being there in support of the customer, the distributor involved, and for Oliver, was important. I arrived early to look at the equipment and the installation.  The work that was being done and the quality that went into the workmanship of the project was quite impressive. Roger and his team worked diligently to ensure the event kicked off well.

I was honored to meet many great people who came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were Pardue employees and others were friends and family members for the Pardue team. There was a strong presence from the farming community and other seed conditioners, as well. There were representatives from local and state economic development. I found that there was also participation from the Blackfeet Nation, the university, state and locally elected officials. My first reaction was that this was an incredibly well attended and represented groundbreaking ceremony.

About 10 minutes before the event started, Roger asked me if I wanted to say a few words at the kick-off. While I don’t mind public speaking, I’ve always found preparation helpful. I learned the other suppliers would get to say a few words as well. I got to kick off the beginning of the event with a brief introduction to me and to Oliver. However, this day was about Pardue Grains, Roger and his team. My words emphasized that and also expressed appreciation for our partners in their efforts to bring this opportunity into a reality.

Afterwards, I was able to sit back with the rest of the folks and listen to the story of how this project came to fruition. I heard about the work of consultants to specify the food grade conditioning facility. I listened regarding all of the partners from universities, USDA, economic development, our agent/distributor, elected officials, Blackfeet Nation, and the Pardue Grain team came together in support of Roger’s vision undertake this project and create value in his community through. The event was also attended by Senator John Tester, and I got to listen to him speak about the real value this project has for the community and state of Montana. It was a real privilege to hear his views on the needs of rural and agricultural communities.

My personal takeaways from this is of honor, hope, and humility. It was an honor to be included in this event and get exposed to what it took to get this project moving forward. This project required a lot of moving parts to endorse and come together to bring this to fruition. If we can in our business or in any other business get this degree of collaboration and support, there is hope for great things to occur. Humility in that I am just one person in this large world. As an individual, I can accomplish a lot, but nowhere near what was accomplished as a result of all the supporters and contributors for Roger and his team at Pardue Grains.

Devon Ingo Promoted to Marketing Manager

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Devon Ingo has been promoted to Marketing Manager!

Devon Ingo originally started with Oliver in May 2016.  Devon was originally hired as the Executive Administrative Marketing Assistant. In this role, she has juggled marketing and executive administrative assistant responsibilities.

Over the last year, she has taken on many responsibilities including revamping our marketing systems and processes, spearheading positive relationships with outside partners, creating and managing our marketing budgets, and collaborating with various team members on projects. These projects include literature updates, branding enhancements, promotions, tradeshow coordination and support, and analysis of our various markets.  Devon has exemplified her devotion to Oliver Manufacturing through conducting creative marketing initiatives, enhancing Oliver’s brand awareness, and providing leadership in our marketing efforts.

Based on Devon’s commitment to our customers, agents, and Oliver Manufacturing, she has been promoted to Marketing Manager.  In her new role as Marketing Manager, she will be accepting new responsibilities. She will continue to provide leadership that fosters positive relationships with our customers through enhancing our marketing strategy, improving our marketing systems and processes, and supporting our agent partners and sales team in their efforts to successfully promote the Oliver brand.

We look forward to how she will shape our marketing efforts, our relationships with customers and agents, and our organization going forward. Please take a moment to congratulate Devon on her success, promotion, and new responsibilities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to her directly if you have questions, ideas, or need marketing support.

Announcement: Size Right Cylinder Lead Times

Oliver Customers,

We wanted to take a moment and give you an update on our Size Right Cylinder lead times. Our cumulative lead time is the result of internal production processes and outside hardening services.

We were informed on May 22, 2018 by our hardening supplier that they are exiting the hardening business. Regretfully, they gave us little notice and informed us that this decision will be effective June 1, 2018.

The good news is that we had already been looking for additional sources for hardening services, as we identified hardening as a constraint to meeting your expectations for delivery timeframes. However, we are still in the supplier qualification phase for these alternate hardening services. We are in the process of getting them to provide first articles for destructive testing to ensure the quality of their work will meet our standards and your expectations.

We have asked our current supplier to extend the end date of their hardening service offering to help us with this transition process. However, we have not had a confirmation from them as of yet whether they will be able to extend their end date.

Consequently, at this time we cannot communicate what our expected lead time will be on new orders for Size Right Cylinders. We hope to have some clarity in the next few weeks. We apologize for any delays and will keep you informed if any existing orders may be affected and regarding our progress on moving to alternate sources for hardening services.

Thanks for your understanding.

Oliver Manufacturing

Profile: Troy Jackson, Regional Territory Manager

Troy Jackson is Oliver’s regional territory manager. He’s responsible for regional sales and customer relationships in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Jackson has a pervasive knowledge of Oliver equipment; he can describe the mechanical components of any given Oliver machine inside and out. When approached with a processing challenge, if a viable solution is possible, he’ll figure out how to obtain it. But this skill, expertise and professionalism didn’t sprout up out of nowhere. Jackson gained his knowledge over a combined 19 years at Oliver Manufacturing.

Jackson began his career with Oliver in 1994. He started in the metal shop and, over time, transitioned up from one department to the next. Assembly. Testing. Woodshop. Press, Machinery. Nearly a decade after his first day on the job, Troy left the company for a role in sales. Five years later, he returned to Oliver in 2008 with sales experience and his welding certification.

Troy Jackson, Regional Territory Manager

It was after his return that Troy earned his current title of Regional Territory Manager. His sales experience and years of work with Oliver parts and equipment prepared him to take on a large sales challenge. “Everything north, south and west of Colorado is under my territory,” says Troy. “And Mexico. And Canada.”

Over time, Jackson’s defined the type of salesperson he wants to be. Some salesmen will try to grease up their customers; bend the facts to make their product look more appealing, or omit information that might dissuade a customer from making a purchase. But that’s not how Jackson rolls. “I’m not a typical salesman,” he says. “I’m more of a technical salesman.” Jackson enjoys what he does because he doesn’t need to sugarcoat things.

He’s free to speak intelligently and doesn’t shy away from technical details. He enjoys coming to understand a given product better and how Oliver’s solutions apply to it, and he can only reach that level of understanding through honest discussion with clients. His in-depth knowledge of Oliver equipment allows him to help his customers find the best solution for their needs– not something that is tempting to buy because it looks new and shiny, but something that actually works  as defined by the customer’s needs.

Jackson’s technical knowledge helps him assist not only customers, but agents and other Oliver employees, too. And with the ease of communication in today’s world of social media, Jackson really is only ever an email away. Though he travels less often than he used to, Jackson still prefers a face-to-face meeting over a direct Facebook message. “I’ve always been a firm believer in face-to-face,” says Jackson.

Press Release: Brandon Dickinson Promoted to Parts & Supply Manager

Good afternoon,

We are pleased to announce that Brandon Dickinson has been promoted to Parts & Supply Manager at Oliver Manufacturing. Fast approaching his eighth year at Oliver this summer, Brandon has been very involved with parts sales throughout his career. He started out on our production floor building decks for all of our machines and transferred into Oliver’s Parts Salesman in August, 2013. In this role he has been helping customers out with their needs and recording orders. Over time, he’s developed an extensive knowledge of our inventory, understanding of our design change history, and a working knowledge of our customers and Oliver’s production processes.  His combined experience and commitment to Oliver’s customers makes him more than qualified for his new position.

As Parts & Supply Manager, Brandon is responsible for directly controlling the information flow from end users to the factory floor. In other words, he bridges the information gaps between internal departments, and between Team Oliver and its customers. He is also responsible for prioritizing and managing repair order teams. With eight years of experience and an intimate familiarity with parts, customers and internal teams, Brandon Dickinson is the perfect employee for the role of Parts & Supply Manager. Congratulations, Brandon!

Sincerely,

Team Oliver

What Does Agriculture Mean to You? – A National Ag Day Introspective

How Agriculture Has Shaped Our Lives

 

March 20 marks National Ag Day, an American holiday created to celebrate the merits of agriculture and farming. This holiday means a lot to Team Oliver, and not just because we’re a business that services the agriculture sector. We are a business that was bred by the agriculture sector!

Many of us grew up among ranchers and farmers and have lived and breathed agriculture our entire lives. Our own Melanie Knapp, Controller, comes from Knapp Farms in Rocky Ford, Colorado. If you’ve ever visited Oliver in the summer, then you’re definitely familiar with Rocky Ford cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelons. Well, Knapp Farms is responsible for some of those melons, and, along with other local producers, they’ve given Rocky Ford the namesake of Melon Capital of the World.

Melanie says that agriculture was a part of growing up for her. “We never even thought of it as agriculture. We thought of it as a way of life,” she says. At Knapp Farms, the whole family chips in to the family business. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nieces and nephews — everybody had a job, whether that was manning the cash registers or unloading product fresh from the fields. “I think that’s what Ag is for a lot of us,” she says. “It’s a way of life!”

Executive Administrative Marketing Assistant Devon Ingo and her family breed cattle, and she was heavily involved in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H during her grade school years. In a way, National Ag Day brought her back to her youth.

“The 4-H and FFA programs are both youth programs that teach children responsibility, leadership and have a rural edge,” Devon says. “I was a member of the 4-H program for 10 years and the FFA program for all four years of high school. Through these programs I raised livestock (sheep and cattle to be specific).”

She made sure to point out that raising livestock was not a task to be taken lightly. “I raised my sheep all spring and summer, and it was my responsibility to feed and water them and clean up after them. Come mid summer, I would get another set of sheep and raise them ’till winter! Raising sheep taught me responsibility that I would have never learned anywhere else. Those animals depended on me to survive. As a 12-year-old, that’s a lot.”

Whether one grew up working on the family farm, participated in school and community ag-related events, or got a job at the local seed processing and conditioning manufacturer, one thing is clear: the agriculture lifestyle is one that rewards a hard work ethic and a strong sense of responsibility.

“The leadership skills I learned from both 4-H and FFA are priceless,” says Devon. “It taught me social skills, public speaking, being a leader to a large group, and taking full responsibility to projects and deadlines. All at such a young age! Not only did that help me in school, it helps me now in my career. Determination, dedication and knowing what it’s like to haul feed, stack hay, and make sure your animals eat before you puts a whole new perspective on life.”

What Does National Ag Day Mean to You?

National Ag Day is a celebration of all things agriculture — but it’s not just a party. It’s an educational experience, too! That’s why we’d love to hear how you became familiar with the world of agriculture, what you do for your particular industry, and what that industry has done for you.

Here’s to a Great Start to 2018!

Starting 2018 with a Bang

We wanted to thank our customers,  agents and dealers for a great start to the calendar year. The above picture represents a portion of the equipment we produced and prepared for shipment in January for our customers across the globe.

We produced a record incoming order volume in January, 2018.  Now, that equipment is shipping across the globe.

Combine that with a record incoming order volume in January and we are poised for yet another fantastic year! We’ve got a lot going on with school tours, SECO MFG Partnership activities and our work with the Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative. It’s nice to be busy! So, thanks again. Team Oliver looks forward to providing you with best-in-class solutions for your processing needs.

Oliver Manufacturing to Host the Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative

The Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative (CHPC) is a new organization designed to support the emerging industry. It’s issuing an open call for  interested parties to attend a Co-Founder Shareholder Invitation Meeting. Oliver Manufacturing will host the meeting on February 24, 2018, at 1 p.m.

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Cleanout Your Gravity Table with This Simple Guide

The cleanout process is an important feature of your Oliver Automated Gravity table. It allows you to make sure your equipment is free of any straggling product and ensures that your next batch is contaminant-free. While it’s a simple process, we understand that our user interface can be confusing for newcomers. So, we’ve put together this short tutorial to demonstrate how to properly perform a machine cleanout. If you’d like the visual version, be sure to watch our video here.

Before you begin your cleanout, you need to ensure that additional product is not discharging onto the deck from the feeder. Be sure to open the high side gates and rock trap as well if you haven’t already. It’s always a good idea to allow the machine to run for one minute before beginning a cleanout process. This unwedges residual product and makes the cleanout cycles more effective.

When you’re ready to begin, navigate to the Machine Recipes menu on your machine console HMI. You can load any created recipe from here. In our example, we’ve selected our Soybean Cleanout recipe for Soybean product. You can scroll through the recipes list using the up and down arrow symbols. When you’ve highlited the recipe you want to load, press the Enter symbol. Then, confirm your selection by pressing Load on the right side of the menu.

After loading the cleanout recipe, you wish to use, return to the main menu. Press Clean Out on the bottom left side of the main menu to be taken to the Clean Out menu. Here, three cleanout steps are displayed along with their run times. From this menu, all you need to do is press HMI Button “Press to Start Clean Out.” And that’s pretty much it! The Cleanout screen will display how much time remains in an active step, and each step will start automatically as the previous step concludes. Keep in mind that after final step, the HMI will load the last recipe before you pressed the “Start Clean Out” button and completely stop the machine operation.

Customer Feedback Helps Us Help You

Being a part of the Oliver Team is rewarding for a multitude of reasons. For one, we work on the front lines of seed processing technologies. It’s exciting to know that the industry standard of tomorrow is being forged in our factory. Another reward is the honor of working in facilitation of the agriculture industry. It feels good to know that we’re contributing to feeding millions of families, pets and livestock all across the world. But, nothing beats seeing the satisfaction on a customer’s face when they’ve placed trust in us and we deliver.

It’s the most rewarding part of the job, stronger and more meaningful than any abstract sense of global impact. The best way to guage our success and to prepare for our future is through customer feedback.  Each customer interaction we have builds upon the last one. And each enables us to improve our business and focus the development of our products and services. Thanks to a variety of feedback, some purely positive and plenty full of constructive criticism, we’re able to ensure that our customers continue to get the highest quality of separation achievable. Communication with our customers is what allows us to be a part of the agriculture industry. Our customer’s demands drive the fulfilling work that’s made Oliver Manufacturing an industry standard brand for over 85 years.

If you haven’t gathered by now, we love receiving feedback on how clients are handling our equipment. So much so, that we wanted to share this testimony from longtime customer and friend of the Oliver team, Fred C. Pond of Pond Seed:

I’ve been an Oliver customer for over 20 years and currently operate three pieces of quality equipment from the company.  I run two gravity separation tables and a Fluidized Bed Dryer on a daily basis.  All of them perform with great precision and efficiency.  When service is needed a Specialist from Oliver is on the phone immediately and many times the problem is corrected in a matter of moments.  On several occasions the Oliver Team has boarded a plane and or shipped parts here for a quick and efficient in-field repair.  I have also taken the time to personally visit the Oliver factory and seen firsthand the construction of the equipment.

I personally like the fact that each part is hand made locally in the La Junta facility.  Like any great company the true value of Oliver Manufacturing are the people behind the product.  The expertise and willingness to solve a problem by design, reliability, and service are why my next piece of processing equipment will be an Oliver.

– Fred C. Pond of Pond Seed, Scott, Ohio

Thanks, Fred. We’re always happy to help. And we’re always happy to hear from our clients. You don’t need a 20-year-relationship with us to share your thoughts.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call, email or reach out on Facebook. Whether we’ve worked with you for a month or a decade (or two), you’re a friend of Oliver and your feedback matters.

Manufacturing Partnership Discusses Drug Education and the Workforce

On July 11, members of the Southeast Colorado Manufacturing Partnership gathered at Oliver Manufacturing Company for their latest monthly meeting. The partnership includes prominent manufacturers and community members in Southeast Colorado, and serves to educate locals and motivate them to explore careers in manufacturing. Continue reading Manufacturing Partnership Discusses Drug Education and the Workforce

Is the Latest Tech too Intimidating? Oliver’s Engineering Dept. can Help

It was all hands on deck for Oliver Manufacturing’s engineering department as three representatives of Crop Production Services (CPS) visited company headquarters. They drove for about six hours from Levelland, Texas to meet with Engineering and explore the possibilities of upgrading their equipment. Continue reading Is the Latest Tech too Intimidating? Oliver’s Engineering Dept. can Help

Oliver Equipment in Metal Reclamation

Oliver Manufacturing’s focus lies first and foremost on serving the agricultural industry. Oliver equipment processes a variety of seeds, grains and similar products. But the same sorting process used for seeds can be applied to non-agricultural materials as well. In fact, the gravity separator was initially designed for processing minerals and was a staple of the mining industry in the early 1900s. Copper ore, other minerals and even plastic can and have been sorted with Oliver’s signature gravity separators. Continue reading Oliver Equipment in Metal Reclamation

Routine Maintenance Saves Time and Money

There’s nothing that can bring a good, productive work day to a grinding halt like an unexpected malfunction with one’s processing equipment. Even a small hole in one’s wire mesh deck, or some unmaintained fan bearings, can drag a Maxi-Cap 3600’s hourly processing capacity from 500 bushels per hour to zero. As naturally as water weathers rock, parts will wear over time. And as we all know, a single downed machine can stall an entire processing line; preventable issues cost time and money that would otherwise belong to the business. Thankfully, there is a simple and proactive way to avoid these situations entirely: routine maintenance. Continue reading Routine Maintenance Saves Time and Money

Revisiting 87 Years’ Worth of Innovation

Oliver Manufacturing’s industrial warehouse has all one might imagine of a factory situated in the midst of Colorado’s rural plains. The fine smell of dust hangs in the air; hot flashes of light burn from behind protective curtains as workers weld metal together; and the occasional rumblings of one machine or another echo on the east end. But in one small corner, tucked away from the more familiar factory turf, one can find something they may not expect: a museum. Continue reading Revisiting 87 Years’ Worth of Innovation