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Simonsen Mfg. expands global business

Thursday, August 18, 2011

QUIMBY - Simonsen Manufacturing has exported equipment manufactured here to many areas of the world over the years, and they recently added a new area. Rich Ravnsborg, head salesman for Simonsen Manufacturing, said that Simonsen's was contacted by an exporter from New York who expressed interest in exporting one of Simonsen's pull-type dry fertilizer spreaders to a company in the Middle East. Following a series of discussions, the exporter ordered one of Simonsen's "Six Ton" spreaders for shipment to United Arab Emirates (UAE), which borders Saudi Arabia.

Bound for the Middle East - This pull-type dry fertilizer spreader was manufactured in Quimby and shipped to United Arab Emirates on August 10, 2011. Photo contributed.
After making a few modifications to the spreader so that it would fit inside a container for ocean shipment, the spreader was loaded on August 10 and trucked to Omaha. From there it was put on a train to Chicago, where it was loaded on a ship destined for the Middle East, and Ravnsborg is hopeful that the sale will open the door for more sales to that area of the world.

At the present time, Simonsen Manufacturing is in the process of building a fertilizer transport body, which they call a "tender," to be exported to Russia. This piece of equipment also has to be modified to fit inside a container for ocean shipment. It will be exported in the next month to an area in eastern Russia, close to the Korean border.

This unit is being handled by a different exporter than the one who handled the shipment to the United Arab Emirate, and the exporter has plans to sell more units in that area once they get the first one over there and working. All of the fertilizer is being currently being handled in bags, and the implementation of Simonsen's tender would represent a big advancement in dry fertilizer handling in Russia.

Loading 'er up - Workers at Simonsen Manufacturing load the "Six Ton" dry fertilizer spreader onto a truck for the first leg of its trip to the Middle East. Photo contributed.
Ravnsborg says that Simonsen Manufacturing is looking forward to the possibility of doing more exporting to these and other areas of the world in the future.

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