Harper Industries Heritage

Harper Industries is proud of our entrepreneurial beginnings and small-town approach to life and business.
Explore our history below.

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A History of Our Heritage

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No joke, DewEze opens its doors for business on April Fool's Day 1968.

1968
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Founded in 1968 by a Kansas farmer, Dewey Hostetler invented the Hay MoBale in an effort to move small square bales from the field to a flatbed.

Harper Industries heritage 1968
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DewEze was incorporated as the interest in hay handling equipment grew.

Harper Industries heritage 1974
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DewEze unveils the Bale Bus, the first-of-its-kind loader to pick up and haul more than one big bale at a time. This application was later expanded, developing the Bale Van.

Harper Industries heritage 1975
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DewEze produces the 265 Slide in unit with the arrival of the round bale. Hydraulically powered equipment is capable of moving two round bales at once, without a need to remove standard pickup beds.

Harper Industries heritage 1976
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DewEze hydraulic power systems use expands. The hydraulic system originally designed for moving bales was applied to other commercial enterprises for live, truck-mounted hydraulic power.

Harper Industries heritage 1979
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DewEze introduces the Pull Dozer, a versatile tool designed for land leveling, back filling and snow removal.

Harper Industries heritage 1979
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The two-bale Super Slicer hay processor expands the hay handling line, rotating the bale to the 'soft spot' and slicing into a swathe.

Harper Industries heritage 1979
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DewEze' Bale Pikup technology is applied to tractors with the release of the 165-I Bale Hugger. This innovative design later expanded to skid steers

Harper Industries heritage 1983
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A watershed year: DewEze introduces its first bale bed line, the 200 series, at the 1984 Kansas State Fair.

Harper Industries heritage 1984
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Harper Turf can trace its origin back to the production of an innovative, two-wheeled, self-leveling mower by DewEze. The machine featured dual floating decks and was capable of mowing all types of terrain, including hillsides, crowns and ditches that most machines could not handle.

Harper Industries heritage 1986
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Offering many of the same safety and operator comfort features as the MC70, the 144 found a home in state, governmental and municipal markets.

Harper Industries heritage 1988
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This innovative and rugged designed carried five big, round bales sideways or end to end while transporting from field to field.

Harper Industries heritage 1988
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DewEze Hydraulics rolls out the electric control valve, an adjustable flow regulator designed to maximize snow plow removal.

Harper Industries heritage 1988
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DewEze Manufacturing is acquired by the Owosso Group.

1991
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The 660 Bale Loader bolt-on unit is brought to market, converting any flatbed into a round bale transport/feeder.

Harper Industries heritage 1994
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The automatic self-leveling system of the ATM72 keeps the operator, engine and controls upright for mowing on slopes up to 34 degrees.

Harper Industries heritage 1994
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OEM Division gives power on demand for markets in aerial lifting, wreckers, dump bodies and snow removal equipment.

Harper Industries heritage 1995
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OEM replaces traditional v-belts with serpentine belts to power clutch pump kits - improving efficiency and quality.

Harper Industries heritage 1996
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Ranchers turn their farm trucks into a versatile hay handling tool with the 300 Series Bale Bed.

Harper Industries heritage 1996
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Slide-in technology is updated to the 365 unit from the original 1976 design.

Harper Industries heritage 1996
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The Super Slicer II - the next generation of bale slicing equipment - is introduced as an innovative tool to feed long stem hay.

Harper Industries heritage 1997
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DewEze expands its flatbed line, offering a 100 Series Standard Flatbed and a Reel Transport model to serve various markets.

Harper Industries heritage 1998
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Harper Industries, Inc., an employee leadership group formed by Tim Penner, President, acquires the assets of DewEze Manufacturing from Owasso, initiating a period of profound growth and innovation.

Harper Industries heritage 1998
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DewEze introduces its first new product line since being purchased by Harper industries: the 400 series bale bed.

Harper Industries heritage 2000
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HII expands its turf maintenance and landscaping lines after purchasing Goossen Industries of Beatrice, NE, from the Toro Corporation.

Harper Industries heritage 2002
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Another new product line; the 500 Series bale bed was released, accommodating dual wheel trucks.

Harper Industries heritage 2002
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The latest addition to the Harper Turf line, the TV40, combines powerful pickup performance with a patented, dust-control feature.

Harper Industries heritage 2003
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HII purchases an interest in Horsch activity in North America agreeing to produce Horsch tillage and seeding equipment at the HII plant in Harper, KS.

Harper Industries heritage 2007
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The leader in all-terrain mowing technology, Harper Industries introduces the next slope mowing innovation - the ATM 162.

Harper Industries heritage 2007
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DewEze Manufacturing announces the VT Series Valve System featuring the PosiFlow reservoir - a labor-saving tank for trucks in the snow and ice industry.

Harper Industries heritage 2009
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Harper Industries unveils the TV30, a self-propelled turf sweeper and vacuum unmatched by any tow-vehicle or pull type unit.

Harper Industries heritage 2009
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In classic DewEze style, the 600 and 700 series bale bed redesign features a new headache rack, LED lights, Gatorhyde coating and a new paint scheme on the arms.

Harper Industries heritage 2009
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Built with the same strength and style as the industry-leading Parallel Squeeze, the Pivot Squeeze Bale Bed opens and closes from 110 to 34 inches wide.

Harper Industries heritage 2013
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DewEze OEM begins to promote E/H systems as an optional power source for trucks without available PTO or clutch pump kits.

Harper Industries heritage 2014
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DewEze establishes a position in the truck equipment market with the release of the 1000 Series Standard Flatbed.

Harper Industries heritage 2015
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Harper Industries' three divisions continue to thrive, generating $25 million in revenue.

2015
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DewEze releases its 20,000th Bale Bed, marking decades of durability.

Harper Industries heritage 2016
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DewEze expands its Ag line with the BeefCake TM, a twin, six-inch auger cakefeeder.

2016