founded Art’s Way Manufacturing in 1956 to produce and sell a PTO powered grinder mixer he developed on his farm near Dolliver, Iowa. In 1959, Luscombe moved the company from his original plant in downtown Armstrong to its present location on the edge of town, and the grinder mixer line was expanded to include OEM work for companies such as Massey Ferguson, Owatonna and Case, or as it was known then, International Harvester. In the 1970s, Art’s Way became a publicly traded company. During the 1980s, Art’s Way acquired the Sunmaster line from Rotech. This purchase added mowers, cutters and shredders to the company’s product offerings. The Heath Farm Equipment line was also purchased, allowing Art’s Way to begin manufacturing sugar beet harvesters and defoliators. Also during the 1980s, the company secured the patent rights to the John Deere design “wheel” harvester, and soon becomes the industry leader in that market. A potato harvester, previously available only in the Red River Valley, North Carolina and Canada, was also introduced to the product line. The WeighTronix division, created to build scales for Art’s Way grinder mixers, was spun off from Art’s Way as was the Armstrong Rim & Wheel division, which was created to build wheels for Art’s Way grinder mixers.
|Bank Name||Art Way Manufacturing Co Inc|
|CEO||Ms. Carrie L. Gunnerson|