• P.J. Griekspoor

    Wood-burning Tank Heater Lives, Thanks to Farm Show Internet Link

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 13, 2015

    My brother, Jim Wilhoit, who has a small farm and manages a fishery in western Pike County, Missouri, got a lesson recently in the power of the Internet. Almost 20 years ago, in search of way to generate some off-season income, he created a specialty product, a wood-burning stock tank heater. He put one to use in his own pasture and neighbors saw and liked it. Soon he was building them for customers across the Midwest. He built and sold them for a few years until landing a full-time winter…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    AGCO Product Launch Is Good Show With Touching Announcement

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 8, 2011

    I'm in Kansas City, Mo. for the biggest new product launch ever for Agco Corp., which has a special place in my heart because of what the Hesston manufacturing plant means to the economy of South Central Kansas. This launch is quite the show; the culmination of five years of research and development for Agco, with 15 new products, some of them ground-up redesigns, being announced. But the big moment of the night for me didn't come with the parade of impressive new tractor, combine…

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