History of Hanson Companies

Hanson Companies Rich History

For over 93 years and four generations, the Hanson family has been involved with agriculture - and has grown to symbolize quality, economy, and dependability. Hanson Silo was founded in Lake Lillian, Minnesota in 1916 by Emil Hanson - a local farmer who wanted a better product for himself and for his neighbors. His goal - to manufacture an improved product at the best price with the lowest upkeep.

The farming tradition has remained at Hanson Silo, as well as the commitment to producing the best quality product for the dollar. The development of new Hanson products is the culmination of this commitment. Fine quality materials, pride in personal workmanship, and simplicity in engineering, has been the trademark at Hanson Silo.

Quality accessories were not always available - so Hanson Silo began to manufacture all of their own accessories. With high caliber products, and its agricultural heritage, Hanson Silo has developed an enviable reputation - for service, for dependability, for strength, for workmanship, and for personal pride in a valuable product.

Investigate the features and benefits of Hanson products. Discover the advantages offered by this remarkable silo and imagine its benefits working for you. We're sure you'll also be talking Hanson - now, and for generations to come.

Historical Silo Construction
Timeline of Hanson Silos

During World War I, Emil Hanson, a local farmer from Lake Lillian, Minnesota, was looking to purchase a silo for his farm and found there was an abundance of poorly constructed silos in the area. Emil noticed that the sand was full of dirt and clay, which makes poor concrete for the construction of these silos. Emil had the idea to create a more durable concrete using sand from the shore of Lake Kandiyohi, the lake his farm bordered. The product, which used a washed sand, is now used by concrete manufacturers around the world.

Demand skyrocketed for Hanson's new silo, Newell Hanson Emil's son, designed and patented the first automatic silo stave machine- powered by gasoline to increase production to meet market demand

Newell saw problems with silo roofs being made out of wood so he designed, patented and built machinery to manufacture the first steel dome silo roof. Before this, carpenters were building hip style roofs for the tops of silos.

- Farmers demanded a better way to dig their frozen silage to unload feed from silos. Willard and Newell Hanson invented and patented the first self-propelled frozen silage chopper.

Hanson Silo expands their manufacturing plants to Southern Minnesota and Central Iowa.

Farmers demanded a machine that could not only dig loose frozen silage, but handle all different conditions of silage and do it year round. Willard and Newell developed their own surface drive silo unloader primarily for Hanson's customers.

Hanson's unloader had spread beyond the area we marketed silos in. Hanson responded by building a new manufacturing factory and established distributors and dealers throughout North America.

Hanson manufactured and constructed over 600 silos out of all 3 plants.

Hanson increases production on a new industrial strength silo stave, by implementing a completely automated computer controlled concrete machine.

Hanson designs and builds a golf car manufacturing plant called Shuttlecraft in Willmar, MN to diversify their product portfolio in the midst of the agriculture crisis of the '80s.

Hanson further expands their silo unloader line.

Hanson builds their first precast concrete plant

Powder coat painting was implemented which opened the door into contract manufacturing. Truck Beds, assembly line automation equipment and electronic scoreboards for major sports complexes among others were engineered and manufactured.

Hanson expanded our powder coating system from a five person manual moving line to the 10'x10'x40' batch booth and implemented a 14 gun computerized automatic spraying line. Hanson designed and built a computer controlled automated concrete batch plant. This world class plant will mix three yards of low slump 7,000psi ready mix in 90 seconds.


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