DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 30, 2015) – Sukup Manufacturing Co. of Sheffield, Iowa was honored with a Legends in Iowa Manufacturing award by Elevate Iowa, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.
Eugene Sukup, founder of Sukup Manufacturing Co., was presented the Legends in Iowa Manufacturing award, which recognized outstanding leaders in manufacturing at an awards dinner held recently. Sukup was co-winner with Drew Vogel of Vogel Paints in the 300+ employees category.
More than 50 years ago, Eugene Sukup developed a stirring machine to improve in-bin drying of shelled corn. Since that time, the company has grown to be the largest family-owned, full-line manufacturer of grain drying, storage and handling equipment. The company holds more than 80 patents, many of which are held by Eugene himself. Sukup Manufacturing Co. maintains its primary manufacturing facilities in Sheffield, Iowa, where the company was started in 1963.
“As one of Iowa’s largest industries, manufacturing contributes $31 billion annually to the state’s economy,” ABI President Make Ralston said. “It’s an honor to recognize the founders and leaders of these amazing Iowa companies, and to thank them for the outstanding contributions they make to our state.”
“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Sukup Manufacturing Co. President Charles Sukup, “Manufacturing is the engine that drives our state and national economy, so it has always been our goal to minimize outsourcing and manufacture as much of our products as is practical. It is wonderful to see our diligence pay off and be recognized for our company’s contributions to the Iowa economy.”
About Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned grain storage, drying, and handling equipment manufacturer located in Sheffield, Iowa, USA. Sukup has been Engineering Solutions® to protect and preserve the world’s grain supply since 1963. The Sukup product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, as well as a full-line of accessories needed to properly dry and store grain. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors. Their pre-engineered steel buildings feature clear-span construction, making them customizable and ideal for agricultural, industrial or retail use. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.
About Elevate Iowa
Elevate Iowa is a statewide, integrated marketing campaign to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing. The initiative is directed by a coalition of all 15 Iowa Community Colleges represented by the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the private manufacturing sector, and the state of Iowa. The initiative is funded in part by the I-AM Consortium, which is 100 percent financed by a grant from the Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration. Elevate Iowa offers resources to the public specifically targeting those eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers, unemployed/underemployed Iowans, U.S. veterans, along with K-12 students and their families.