May Wes Manufacturing celebrates 50 years of service to the agricultural industry
HutchinsonMinnesota – May Wes Manufacturing, inventor of stem trampler and the world’s leading manufacturer of polyethylene aftermarket products for the agricultural industry, celebrates 50 years of service in 2022.
Known worldwide as “The Original Poly People”, May Wes revolutionized agriculture with the application of smooth and durable materials. polyUHMW in areas of high wear of agricultural equipment. Thanks to May Wes, modern farm equipment is now equipped with hundreds of plastic parts designed to protect it from wear and increase efficiency and yields, from skids and Stalk Stompers to auger liners, retractable poly fingers, 5-finger quick tines, poly pick-up strips for hay presses and much more.
Based in Hutchinson, Minnesota plastic parts manufacturer was founded by Mavis and Wesley Bruns, farmers from Gibbon, Minnesota in 1972. The couple needed a name for their family business, so they combined their first names and May Wes Manufacturing was born. Mavis and Wesley saw an opportunity to help other farmers improve their operations with alternative products that increased efficiency and yields. Some of their early products included galvanized steel “De-Viders” to guide grain into headers and “Gravity Flow Hoppers” that fold out for unloading. After a few years of operation, they found that the grain pickers glided easily across fields and lasted longer by attaching plastic skids to their undersides. UHMW poly pads remains one of May Wes’ best-selling products.
In 1983 May Wes introduced the “Original Stalk Stomper”. This ingenious invention protects expensive combine harvester tires from genetically modified corn stalks that have become hard as nails. Over the years, May Wes has continually improved its No-Till award winning line of Stalk Stompers through feedback and help from loyal customers. In 2018, May Wes introduced its revolutionary G4 Stalk Stompers, which won Best Breakthrough B2C Product at the Made in Minnesota Manufacturing Awards. The company listened to corn growers and developed a lighter weight Stalk Stomper that was easier to set up and reposition, featuring a durable compression molded UHMW shoe. G4 Stalk Crushers are now May Wes’ best selling product and are available for corn heads, tractors and planters.
After Wesley Bruns passed away in 1995 at the age of 66, his sons Mark and Steve Bruns took over the family business. By 1997, May Wes had outgrown her space on the Gibbon family farm and the business was relocated to its current facility in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Compression molding capabilities were added to increase the company’s manufacturing capacity. In the early 1990s, May Wes began molding C&A Pro snowmobile skis for snowmobile racing legend Dale Cormican. Today, most professional snowmobilers use C&A Pro skis, including Levi LaVallee and four-time Snocross champion Elias Ishoel.
In 2002, Tom Daggett acquired May Wes and created Pride Solutions, LLC, under which the Daggett family operates four divisions, including May Wes, C&A Pro, Pride Engineered Plastics and Pride Assembly. Tom transformed the business operations of May Wes, using the experience he gained as a second generation to run his family’s nearby metal fabrication business, Hutchinson Manufacturing. He introduced a number of organizational and strategic changes, improved inventory management processes and made major investments in new manufacturing equipment. Under his leadership, May Wes secured her enviable marketing presence and became one of the first in her industry to embrace e-commerce.
In 2016, Tom’s son Jack Daggett became President of May Wes and Pride Solutions, LLC. Jack had worked on the company’s production floor from high school through his college years, gaining a working knowledge of its production processes. In 2013, he became Chief Operating Officer and helped improve the company’s planning processes through a technical approach to specifications and purchasing – a process that has helped the company thrive during the pandemic despite the many challenges. of the supply chain.
Under Jack’s leadership, Pride Solutions and May Wes adopted the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, setting the company on a solid growth path. The company has introduced many new products over the past few years, including its ever-expanding G4 Stalk Stomper and skid shoe product lines, 5-finger speed teeth, poly pick-up strips and much more. Jack continued to invest in the business, acquiring his first robot-assisted CNC lathe and second CNC router for his plastic manufacturing workshop. In 2022, May Wes opened a major addition that will double the size of its production plant and added additional compression molding capacity.
May Wes’ marketing presence continues to dominate the industry. In 2018, the company partnered with a rising YouTube star named Zach Johnson, Minnesota’s Millennial Farmer, who introduced May Wes to a new generation of farmers around the world. This led to a complete transformation of its marketing program, and May Wes now works with many FarmTubers and social media influencers including Larson Farms, Welker Farms, Brian’s Farming Videos, Stanley “The Dirt Monkey” Genadek, Fast Ag Montana , Finstad Skidloader and Snow. Moving service and Northern Chill.
Jack Daggett attributes the continued success of May Wes to its commitment to innovation and customer service as well as its dedicated employees, 25% of whom have been with the company for more than 10 years.
“May Wes has come a long way over the past 50 years, but one thing that has never changed is our dedication to Mavis and Wesley’s spirit of innovation and our commitment to listening to our customers,” said Jack. Daggett. “We came across a letter my dad wrote to our customers in 2002. He wrote ‘Thank you for your business. We will continue to earn it. Those words still hold true today. May Wes products have always been and will always be – field tested and farmer approved We are fully committed to the success of our customers.
May Wes in search of historic photos
Do you have any historic photos of Mavis and Wesley Bruns or old photos of May Wes employees or equipment in action? May Wes would like to add your photos to her archives. Please email them to [email protected] or call 1-800-788-6483.
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