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Kinze opens new Innovation Center, introduces new planter

By Jennifer Carrico

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. held the grand opening of the Kinze Innovation Center on Jan. 25 in Williamsburg, Iowa.

"Completed in December 2012, the Kinze Innovation Center showcases the history of our company and our products," said Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer, Kinze Manufacturing.

The center houses all of the major agricultural inventions by Kinze founder and president Jon Kinzenbaw, as well as those made by Kinze engineers. Kinze designed the center to serve as a destination for customers, dealers and friends from all over the world.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was present for the ribbon cutting. "Kinze Manufacturing is one of the world's largest privately owned farm equipment manufacturers and we're proud to have them right here in central Iowa," she said. "With more than 750 employees, it's companies like Kinze that make Iowa a great state to live and work in and I'm glad to be here to help them open this piece of history to the public.

Jon Kinzenbaw started Kinze Manufacturing in 1965 after having a small welding business in Ladora, Iowa.

"I'm glad that I started this business while I was young, so I'm able to see all the growth in the company and the industry," he said.

Kinze also unveiled its new 4900 planter featuring a new narrow transport front-fold frame design, 30-inch row spacing and a choice of 12, 16 or 24 rows.

"We conducted extensive research with farmers and engineered a new design, which provides superior agronomic performance. We designed a new, front folding tool bar, engineered a state of the art vacuum meter with optional electric drive and created a cast iron row unit with more vertical travel," said Rhett Schildroth, product manager for Kinze.

The planter features hydraulic weight transfer on the frame to minimize potential compaction and ensures that the row units provide a consistent seed depth while moving across the field. The 16- and 24-row planters feature a newly designed 120-bushel capacity bulk fill tank and the 12-row has 90-bushel capacity. A 500-gallon liquid fertilizer tank also allows farmers to continue planting for long periods of time.

"The planter also has a patent-pending flip-axle option on the 24-row planter to help reduce hitch weight and make it easier to move in and out of fields," said Schildroth.

Kinze Manufacturing will be taking order for the 4900 planter in May 2013 for use during the 2014 planting season.

The Kinze Innovation Center will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jennifer Carrico can be reached by phone at 515-833-2120, or by email at jcarrico@hpj.com.

Date: 2/11/2013

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