Tomorrow, May 16, the 25,000th large square baler will roll off the assembly line at the AGCO facility in Hesston, Kansas USA and be presented to its new owner. Here are a few fun facts about the large square baler to help kick off this historic event
• The first large square baler — the Hesston model 4800, produced at the AGCO facility in Hesston, Kan. — was introduced in 1978.
• Nearly 50 individual patents were awarded to the original baler.
• There are at AGCO 15 employees who were involved with developing and building the first large square balers and are still working at the Hesston facility today.
• Together, they have 610 years of experience working at the Hesston facility, with tenures ranging from 36 to 49 years.
• Large square balers built in Hesston have been sold under the following brand names: Hesston, New Idea, Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Challenger, Case IH, New Holland and AGCO.
• They have been used to bale everything from alfalfa and grass hay to wheat straw, miscanthus for biofuel production and even recyclables such as newspaper and aluminum cans.
• Large square balers manufactured in Hesston have proudly been sold and delivered to customers in as many as 39 countries all over the world.
• Hesston by Massey Ferguson Models 2170XD and 2190 create bales that are 4-feet x 3-feet or 4-feet x 4-feet, respectively, and can weigh up to a ton.
I am Anne McGregor, Market Intelligence Manager at AGCO and the recent addition to the Social Media team. I joined AGCO in June of 2010 after completing my Master’s in Marketing & Management.
My role gives me the opportunity to work with AGCO’s 4 core brands across all regions. My goal is to gather valuable data & information that ultimately enables AGCO to better meet your needs. I am excited to join AGCO’s Blogging team and I am looking forward to communicating with all of you!
Hi, my name is Maren Lammerding and I’m from Germany. I have been an intern for AGCO Australia in Marketing since September 2011. I’m currently in my fifth semester of a combined Bachelor of International Business Law and Business Management at the University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen. Since I grew up in a small rural town I have noticed how important agriculture is to our economy and how it’s getting more and more important in the future. In addition to the fact that I need to do an internship during my study program, I chose AGCO Australia as being a perfect place to do the internship. Here I have got the chance to put into practice the knowledge I have acquired over the course of my degree and to gain new practical experiences by working abroad. Since I would like to work on an international basis in the long run I am really thankful and appreciate that AGCO Australia gives me the opportunity to do this internship.
Hi, my name is Silvia Smarrelli and I am the Marketing Communications Officer for AGCO Australia. I’m part of the large marketing team here in Australia that is responsible for promoting the AGCO brands across Australia and New Zealand.
I completed my Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) at RMIT University in 2008 and have been with AGCO for one year.
I have enjoyed the “learning curve” of understanding how AGCO works, as well as its many products. Working on a array of different communication mediums during my time here – including brochures, press advertising and online – has definitely increased my knowledge of the agricultural industry and I look forward to learning much more!
Hi, my name is May Norris and I work within the Digital Media Marketing team at AGCO, based in the UK. I joined AGCO just over a month ago after receiving the fantastic news that I had been accepted as an apprentice!
I was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and lived there for 9 years. Then in 2004 we relocated to Cheshire, as my Step-Dad who also works for AGCO changed offices. I am now living in Coventry after moving here in 2006.
While at school I studied hard and achieved many high GCSE results. I then went onto Sixth-form where I studied photography, art and product design. All the courses I completed all had a creative side, which is why I wanted to join the digital media team.
Since joining AGCO I have been involved with many tasks that the digital media team have to oversee each day, this includes, adding news articles onto the Massey Ferguson website and updating contents, adding images and press releases onto Asset Bank and keeping everything organised and running efficiently, and visiting shows and dealers to learn more about the agricultural background.
It’s very exciting for me, as I’m the first apprentice to be part of the digital media team here at AGCO, UK. Each day I arrive at AGCO, I am presented with new challenges which helps me build up knowledge and understanding about how the company works as a team and with others.
I hope, over the next few years while I’m still training, I am a great help and asset to the digital media team here at AGCO.