Midwest Industries, Inc.

Iowa has a place to get hitched without getting married. It's called Midwest Industries, and it is celebrating its golden anniversary. The family-held corporation manufactures the Freedom Hitch (a hands-free, positive latch-and-lock trailer hitch) which allows users to change implements from the seat of a tractor. The Freedom Hitch system comes in two sizes: Category I, for tractors up to 45 horsepower, and Category II, for tractors up to 100 horsepower. The company also makes a line of boat trailers under the ShoreLand'r brand. Midwest's ShoreStation Boat Hoists unit makes hoists and dock accessories for on-the-water storage of boats and personal watercraft (PWC), as well as complete lake dock systems.

Due to a significant drop in sales in the recreational marine industry in 2008, the company laid off 80 of its 280 Ida Grove workers in production, support, and administrative duties. The reduction represents over 28% of Midwest's workforce. 

The company offers products that are versatile in their uses and creates new items that keep up with newly designed watercraft. ShoreLand'r offers a complete line of trailers for PWCs and small fishing boats to 15,000 lb. cruisers. It also offers specialty trailers for pontoons and deckboats. The Freedom Hitch's implement section is adjustable to fit a wide variety of implements, and its tractor section mounts directly to a tractor's three-point hitch and is controlled by the tractor's hydraulics. The company introduced in 2008 the new floating JetStation for PWC storage.

Midwest works with its sister company, Byron originals, designing and manufacturing molded parts, such as fenders, the swivel roller and its component parts and pulleys, and bushings used on ShoreStation boat hoists. The products are marketed through independent distributors across the US and Canada, as well as directly to original equipment boat manufacturers.

The Midwest facilities are located on Lake LaJune, which was man-made in 1969 from a corn field. The 341,000 sq. ft. complex includes its own advertising, tool and die, research and development departments, sewing room (for vinyl canopy hoist covers), along with full production and testing facilities. The unique architecture is imbued with founder Byron Godbersen's love of the historical, especially European castles. The headquarters includes a 3,000 sq. ft. chalet for entertaining clients, a 7,600 sq. ft. fully-functioning airplane hangar/castle/meeting center, a half-scale replica of the HMS Bounty, and a 40,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse.

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Midwest Industries, Inc.


122 E State Highway 175
Ida Grove, IA 51445-1140
Phone: 1 (712) 364-3365
Fax: 1 (712) 3643361
www.midwestindustries.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Pres-ceo: Andy Brosius
  • Paint And Welding Manager: James Buelt
  • Chb: La J Godbersen

Major Office Locations

  • Ida Grove, IA

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