GEA`s 10,000th liquid manure spreader unit: EL48 8800 model with a capacity of 10,500 US gal. From left to right, Randy Gorter – Head of North America Manure Management Sales at GEA, Chris and Paul Winter - owners of PK Winter Farms Inc , Scott Shane - GEA Manure Management Sales Specialist and Jason Baumgarn – AWS Salesman. (Source: GEA)
GEA recently achieved a significant milestone in its company history by manufacturing its 10,000th liquid manure spreader tank. With a stainless steel reservoir capacity of 10,500 US gallons, the EL48-8D 8800 is the biggest single reservoir model available on the market. The unit was sold by GEA dealer, Automated Waste Systems (AWS), LLC and delivered to PK Winter Farms Inc. in Sheldon, Iowa.
The day shift fabricating team at GEA’s manufacturing site in Drummondville, Canada (Source: GEA)
“I have been farming for 35 years and we have been working with AWS for the past 7-8 years as we have been hauling our own liquid manure,” said Paul Winter from PK Winter Farms. “We are very excited about our new 10,500 gallon EL48-8D 8800 manure spreader from GEA. We really like the job it does.”
GEA’s liquid manure spreader product line includes eight models with capacities to suit all sizes of livestock farms and manure hauling businesses. The EL48-8D 8800 is GEA’s largest model. The reservoir consists of 3/16-inch thick (5 mm) high-quality stainless steel, with internal baffles that limit the movement of liquid inside the reservoir during operation.
“I am very proud to be part of an organization that has made such an impact on the liquid manure spreader industry as we have with our line of spreaders.” said Randy Gorter, Head of Manure Management Sales, North America, at GEA. “We started building liquid manure spreaders in 1990. We introduced our steerable line of spreaders in 1992, and here we are now, 28 years later, delivering number 10,000.”
The 8800 spreader can be outfitted with GEA’s latest innovation in the liquid manure spreader product line, the Hydraulic HE impeller drive. This optional feature allows for simple set-up of equipment and eliminates the risks created by the PTO rotation, since the spreader pump is activated by a hydraulic pump versus a PTO driveline. Built-in features includes field proven Power Steering System, Hydraulic Suspension, and an advanced Weight Transfer System enabling the operator to shift the load toward the tractor by lifting the front axle of the spreader for increased traction, easier pull, and better fuel economy.
“We have been and continue to be a market leader with this product because of our dedication to quality and reliability,” adds Gorter. “The liquid manure spreader is just one example of the many standout products we have delivered to customers around the world, to help them be more efficient when it comes to their manure management equipment.”
Founded in 1957 in Wickham, Quebec, Canada, J. Houle & Fils Inc. was acquired in April 2007 by WestfaliaSurge GmbH, an international leading manufacturer of milking equipment and a member of the GEA Group. Since 2015, the manure management product line is part of GEA’s Milking & Dairy Farming product group and it is currently distributed in 22 countries through a large network of distributors who provide quality service and support for all GEA products.