From rock pickers made in a barn, to manufacturing facilities across North America: Degelman celebrates 60 years

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When seeing the name Degelman, many think of their first product to hit market that became a game-changer — one of the first reel-type rock pickers ever built.

That was in 1962.

Fast forward to 2022, to Canada’s Farm Show, at Regina, Sask., and the company is celebrating 60 years since that first rock picker hit market.

Since then, some things of have of course changed, but it’s amazing, says Derek Molnar, of Degelman Industries, what has stayed the same and for good reason.

“Sixty years later they still have the same basic look to it. Which just goes to show the ingenuity of it, and the design philosophy,” he explains.

Of course there have been some changes in the time frame as well.

“We have gone from pure ground drive to hydraulic. Gone from two back to three paddle machines. Obviously the tires have gotten bigger, the hitches have gotten longer. So we’ve improved upon things, but really, he kind of knocked it out of the park.”

The company itself has expanded out of a barn in Raymore, Sask., to having manufacturing facilities across North America. So what do the next 60 years look like? Only time will tell, says Molnar, but they hope to continue to follow the company philosophy of building it right, building it simple, and building it to last.

Check out the full conversation between Derek Molnar and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below:

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