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Toured The Terramite Factory Today!


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#1 sacsr OFFLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 12:09 AM

On my way to Daniels and picking up the bush hog stuff, I went north through West Virginia. Last night I was getting tired and looking for a place to stay, my phone app had shown there were a good bit of reasonable hotels in the area ahead, as I prepared to exit off the interstate, a big Terramite sign was to my left, at that point, I remembered that it's factory was in this area. This morning, I called the factory and asked them if I could come in and say " thanks" to Eric who had been a big help to me getting mine up to par. Travis said sure come on in. When I got there, Travis asked if I would like to take a tour of the factory? Of course my answer was "absolutely"!
From what I saw, 80+% of the Terramite's components are made in house! From laser cutters, to the machinist that make each individual part, it's done in house.
Pretty cool to go from a flat piece of steel to a welded frame to a finished product. The man that built the Terramite company also made several of the machines that makes the components. I asked about the history with Gravely and he said the owner of Terramite and the owner of Gravely were friends and that is how he started asking the backhoe attachment for the Gravely.

Big thanks to Travis for taking the time to show me around! To say the least, it was a treat and a great bonus to my trip!image2.jpg


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 04:53 AM

That's great, Scott! Bet it was a treat. You have quite the adventure going here!


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:06 AM

WOW, sounds like you had a good time!


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 07:33 AM

Thanks for posting about the Terramite factory. It's nice to hear of something made in America from the steel on up. 


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 08:06 AM

Nice sideline excursion, and another great sounding American Company.

Thanks for sharing.
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Posted March 01, 2013 - 08:41 AM

Good deal, It is nice to see they give you a tour.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 09:00 AM

Nice little side trip, glad they let you just "drop-in", not many will anymore. :thumbs:


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 09:34 AM

That is neat that they left you take a tour when just dropping by.  :thumbs: It is great that they were willing to treat you like a friend and not just another customer.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 10:03 AM

So glad you got to tour the plant.  Sounds just like the Bush Hog plant in Selma.  Flat plate comes in, then lasers, metal brakes, and LOTS of welders!  I know you enjoyed that tour!   :thumbs:


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Scoot, That's great you got to tour the plant. I know you had to be drooling the entire time. :thumbs:

 

Were you able to take any photos inside the plant? Would love to see it ll myself.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 01:00 PM

I am jealous. Sounds like a great tour.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 02:40 PM

That sounds like an interesting tour.  I worked in a farm machinery factory for 14 yrs and it was probably simular.

One of the most interesting tours I have taken was when a local radio station did a "journey to the center of the Earth" promotion.

And I got to tour a Martin Marietta limestone mine with 4 stories of tunnels below ground. It was an eye opener to see what the guy next door did for a living and you had no idea the mine was even there?. The huge trucks they use underground had to be taken apart and reassembled underground. They never see daylight again?  They put us in schoolbuses and took us down, the grade out of the hole was so steep that the bus could only carry 40 people at a time.


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Posted March 02, 2013 - 01:33 AM

No pictures, but I did ask. He mentioned that they are the only ones building the ROPS with out any welding, they have figured out how to bend the metal with out cracking or fracturing the steel.
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