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About Behlen Mfg. Co.

Behlen is the farmer's and the rancher's friend. Through its business units, Behlen offers an array of fabricated metal equipment and building systems to agricultural customers in more than 90 countries. Its core products include metal livestock equipment, pallets, and grain storage bins, as well as metal buildings and trailers. Behlen Building Systems focuses on making agricultural buildings and building components, while Behlen's International Ag Systems unit makes silos and other grain storage containers and offers custom fabrication. The company's BMC Transportation unit transports Behlen products throughout North America. The company was founded in 1936 by Walter D. Behlen.


The company consists of three diverse business units: Behlen Building Systems (Behlen and Behlen China); Behlen Country (the US's leading manufacturer of livestock equipment); and International and Diversified Products (grain systems, strip joining presses, and custom fabrication). BMC Transportation, Behlen's own transportation company, uses a fleet of more than 100 owner/operated trucks to deliver Behlen's products throughout the US and Canada.

The company fabricates more than 1,000 different components for various industries (including telecommunications, transportation, construction, agricultural, and commercial turf care) in quantities ranging from one item to hundreds or thousands.

Geographic Reach

Behlen operates production facilities in Nebraska, Oregon, and Tennessee and has a distribution center in Tennessee. It also has operations in China through a joint venture. Its International and Diversified Products business unit exports goods to more than 90 countries.

Sales and Marketing

The company's products are used by a wide variety of customers including agricultural companies, churches, schools, offices, shopping centers, factories, warehouses, and sports facility and government building operators.


Behlen grows through acquisitions.

Company Background

Over the past 20 years, Behlen Country, the company's livestock equipment unit, has acquired farm gate maker Farmaster, cattle handling equipment makers Big Valley and Universal Mfg., and storage tank provider Agri-Engineering, to become the industry's largest livestock equipment manufacturer.

Behlen Mfg. Co.

4025 E 23rd St
Columbus, NE 68601-9944
Phone: 1 (402) 564-3111

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Cfo: Tom Burton
Behlen Purchasing Department: Don Mckinnis
President and Chief Executive Officer: Phil Raimondo
Employees (This Location): 750
Employees (All Locations): 945

Major Office Locations

Columbus, NE

Other Locations

Meridian, ID
Baker City, OR