(Hesston, Kan)--In 1978, Hesston Corporation introduced the Model 4800, the industry’s first large square baler, revolutionizing hay production and feeding practices at a time when labor availability and fuel prices were driving a need for innovations on the farm. Big square balers have come a long way since then, and on May 16, 2013, a large crowd gathered at AGCO’s Hesston Operations to celebrate the 25,000th large square baler built in Hesston, Kan.
“Today is not only about celebrating the manufacture of the world’s leading large square baler, it’s about celebrating the people who made it happen, and especially those who are still involved today,” says Dean Morrell, hay and forage product marketing manager at AGCO. “The foresight, passion and ingenuity that go into large square balers built in Hesston have not diminished one bit since Allen White built a giant bale chamber in the engineering lab and manually packed it with hay.”
Fifteen of the guests recognized during the event were involved with eveloping and building the first large square balers at Hesston and are working at the manufacturing center.
It also was with pride the team in Hesston presented the 25,000th large square baler to its new owner, Bill Levy of PacificAg, the largest agricultural residue and hay harvesting business in the United States, headquartered in Hermiston, Ore.