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The Week of February 2, 2015 The Leader Page 7 t .lng unique The woman in New York pours customers wanted one too. In 1992, slide off into position. "It' s kind of an estimated 10 million bales per used by those feeding livestock, but her liquid laundry detergent into the the company rented space in nearby likeabig slipper slide forhay bales," year. Stinger makesthe world s fast- now biomass plants are using them washing machine. She doesn't real- Haven and started producing and Karl said with a smile, est self-propelled bale wagon and to transport the feedstock for cellu- ize that one element of her laundry improving these units. Because the As the company grew, it pur-also builds cube-line square bale losic ethanol. One component from wrappers and baled biomass trans- those plants is even going into liq- soap came from a product trans- original bale spears on the front chased the building in Haven where portequipment:Themachineshave uid laundry detergent. ported by a machine built in rural resembled the stinger on a bee, the it operates today. In 1998, company Kansas. company was named Stinger. leaders facedadecision: Shouldthey been sold from New York to Call- It simpressiveforafamilyfarm- Karl Matlack is president of Karl Matlack grew up on a farm, continuetoputtheirequipmentonto fornia and as far away as New ing near the rural community of Zealand. "We are building _ Stinger, Inc.,afamily-ownedcom- studied engineering at Kansas State salvaged truck and bus chassis, or Lamborghinis for the hay indus- tsurrton, .pop ulataon929people.For pany which is a leader in building University, and returned to the ram- build a custom chassis? It was not .... :_ ~,_.,..,. ~_-.~ more mrormauon, go to equipment for moving hay for feed ily business. After more than 20 an easy decision. 'The cost of our try, Juatm Lvlaua~.r~ ~am. and biomass. The Matlack family years growing the company, Larry complete unit was likely to almost Of course, many Stingers are farms near Burrton, Kan."Ourfarm and Bill retired. Karl is now presi- double in price," Larry said. Fast Facts Business Report and Consultation ] has been in the family since 1884," dentofthecompany and his brother, In the end, the Matlacks chose to General Compatability Report I Karl said. : Justin, is in charge of sales. Bill's build a high quality, state-of-the-art In the mid-1980s, Karl's father, son, Jake, is now,vice president of off-road chhssis for their Stinger .Team BuiidingWorkshops [ Larry, and uncle, Bill, started put- the company. Bill s others on, Paul, units, and they say it was the best * Presentations | tingupalfalfaintolargesquarebales, resides in Olathe and is also an decision in the company's history. Handwriting Examination ] but they lacked a good way to pick owner. The Matlacks have continued to re- ~'('~r { ~'(:~ J~'(~ [ /"rtli~/-7"~/3/:3I up and transport those hugeone-ton Essentially the Stinger units are finetheirdesign, based0ncustomer bales. ' " : .... highspeed, self-propelled wagons input. - "Our first unit came ~ the with a loader arm in the front for "Customer service and satisfac- 356 E. ~m St. ~ 3 ~:~ ~.:~' SaNnDA i[w~ : [ necessity_to,pick up the bales in our loading the bales onto the angled tion has always been our priority," ~ ................. Supmo=, NE 68978 I own fields, Karl said. Rather than bed in the rear. To unload, the hy- Karl said. "The customers are the Call t0t an appointment anytime "- ['iAND~ $1~O/K/~T i, [ using multiple tractors to load and draulics tilt the bed and stack the ones that drive us to keep building a unload, the Maflacks wanted a self- bales for storage, or a rear tailgate better machine." PUONE: 402-879-4619 , . d,,,, t ~,)i " J loading machine.On an old school can be lowered so that ~the bales Today, Stingerunitsarehandling ~ bus chassis, they built a unit with a ..... tilted bed and put a front-end loader . with bale spears in front of the cab to load the bales. That first unit worked so well that some of their neighbors and hay Crowl Tree removal, Trimming and _. Stump Removal [ F//] -Reasonable rates Free estimates .Free= es=timates= Phone 402-879-3608 25th Annual Performance Bull Sale Wednesday, March 4' 2015 t p.m. Held at the Sale Facility at ,the Ranch . near Agra, KS ' :. The bulls are a powerful uniform functional group with volume, eye appeal and quiet dispositions. Rubber Roofing Specialist Modified Hot Tar Shingling 1-800-365-8677 Approved Installer No. 4565-3 of Triumph EPDM Membrane by Firestone Building Products Up to 20-year warranty Olson Roofing York, Neb. 402-362-4825 Insurance Claims Welcome htudoy, Febmry 7, 2015 AM 6030 SZ 8]uestem Rd, leon, Vehicles & Trailers, 2004 SSR (31,948 miles) Power Tools, Guns Collectible Cap Guns, Lawn & Garden, Collectibles & Misc. www. 316-742-3311 ii:~: i ; ......l ..... g '140 AngusIa A+Balancer bulls Video ,of each bull &sale catalog is online at ' w,springvalleyfarms,com , L -; 857" -" , :,,