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A.T. Ferrell Celebrates 150 Years!!!Monday, December 31
The history of AT Ferrell dates to 1869, when John E. Smith, a steam ship captain in the civil war, built the first air / screen grain cleaner. Having returned to Ohio after the war, Smith became interested in a small water powered flour mill and needed a wheat cleaner.
Lacking the funds and credit, Smith built his own cleaner, and in 1869 the first fanning mill using a vertical air blast principle was put into operation. From his naval background Smith named his new machine “Clipper” after the very fast and advanced sailing ships of the time.
Smith moved on from the flour mill business and turned his interest with the help of his new cleaner to becoming a grain buyer and trader. His success in that business stimulated the idea of further developments to the cleaner. And in 1879, ten years after the first, Smith had built 20 hand operated Clippers and sold them in the surrounding counties in Northern Ohio.
By 1891 having built some 200 Clipper cleaners Smith thought he had hit his peak. He also thought he had saturated the market. Not able to foresee the future and wanting to retire, he sold his little cleaner business to Albert T. Ferrell who had been an employee for eight years.
By the time just prior to World War Two more than twenty thousand various models of Clipper cleaners had been produced by the A.T. Ferrell company. Today it is estimated that more than sixty thousand Clipper cleaners have been produced and placed into operation worldwide. Many of those that have long been forgotten are still recognizable in barns, museums, feed mills and seed plants today as an original Clipper.
NCBA Trade ShowThursday, November 1
If you were able to visit us at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show last week, we thank you. If you were not able to visit us at the show, we would be happy to have the opportunity to connect with you. Should you need more information or have questions please feel free to contact us.
A.T. Ferrell Honored as Wells County Chamber of Commerce featured member of the monthFriday, June 15
The Wells County Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors surprised the staff of A.T. Ferrell as the June Member of the Month. A.T. Ferrell employs 52 people and has been in business in Wells County since 1954, but their roots go back to 1869.
The company manufactures and sells seed cleaning machines, roller mills, and steamflaking machines world-wide. “Our machines are built to order, although the parts are in stock,” said Steve Stuller, President of A.T. Ferrell. Stuller admits many people in Wells County don’t know what they do, but it isn’t a secret they are trying to keep. Even across the globe, they are better known by their well-established brands: Clipper, Ferrell-Ross and Mix-Mill.
Clipper seed and grain cleaners are the most used air screen cleaners in the world and have been manufactured for nearly 150 years. They offer 17 models which can all be customized to customer specifications. “Every machine we build starts out as sheet metal and tube steel and we build them from scratch,” said Stuller.
Ferrell-Ross is one of the most widely known manufacturers of roller mills, flaking mills, and cracking mills. They have been around since 1939 and are used by food and cereal processing plants, commercial feed mills, livestock and poultry feeders, and oil seed processors worldwide.
Mix-Mill is one of the most well known manufacturers of feed processing and mixing systems, grinding and blending machines used by food processing plants, feed mills, and cereal processors worldwide.
Stuller credits the large number of long-time employees as a big part of their success. He also noted their 150th anniversary is next year and they are in the beginning stages of planning a celebration to mark the milestone.
Pictured in photo left to right:
Sarah Campbell, Wells County Chamber of Commerce
Murl Keidel, A.T. Ferrell
Mike Moriarity, A.T. Ferrell
Phil Teeple, A.T. Ferrell
Chris Greene, A.T. Ferrell
Sid Schwartz, First Merchants Bank, Chamber Ambassador
Doug Brown, News-Banner, Chamber Ambassador
Steve Stuller, A.T. Ferrell
Kevin Pritchard, RUOFF Home Mortgage, Chamber Ambassador
Jen Kinyo, River Terrace, Chamber Ambassador
Mike Lehman, A.T. Ferrell,
Jessica Beste, American Mortgage, Chamber Ambassador
Leah Uptgraft, A.T. Ferrell
Patti Clark, A.T. Ferrell
Heather Morgan, National Oil & Gas, Chamber Ambassador
Bekkee Barkdull, A.T. Ferrell
Debbie Glenn, A.T. Ferrell