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Increase Your Agriculture IQ: Bloom Manufacturing

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Immediate News Release:
Heartland Acres Agribition Center
2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
Independence, Iowa 50644
319 332-0123
Attn: Craig Johnson

Increase your Agriculture IQ #5 – Bloom Manufacturing

Dortha Sundquist and Intern Steven Pals stand by a very early model of a corn cutter and crusher manufactured by Bloom Manufacturing.

In the late 1800s J.S. Bloom discovered through working with Iowa State University, that cattle benefited from eating the whole ear of corn rather than just the kernels. The ear acted as roughage and contained some nutrients. This knowledge led Smith to design, build and patent a corn cutter and crusher in 1901. The equipment allowed farmers to process the whole ear of corn along with the kernels to produce a higher quality of feed for their animals. This also led to a higher quality of manure for the farmer to put on his field.

J.S. Bloom developed and sold stock tanks for milk and water along with grain elevators. These products were made almost entirely of wood as J.S. also owned a lumber yard. Amish farmers still use wooden stock tanks today. 

In 1964, J.S. Bloom sold his company to H.E. Smith. Smith was a salesman and knew he needed help on the manufacturing side of the business. Smith recruited Grant Sundquist who had a strong manufacturing background in metal products. Sundquist designed and built a lawn mower repair table and a new line of grain augers and winches.  

In 1974 Dortha, Grant’s wife, left her job to join Grant in the business which they purchased from H.E. Smith. They developed a variety of custom agricultural products which were sold to farmers, Sears and Roebuck, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force as well as many other customers. Grant and Dortha enjoyed working with their employees whom Grant had personally trained.        

Grant and Dortha owned the business until 2000 when they sold it to their employees. Today, current owner Mark Collett specializes in producing a high-tech line of winches. 

You can see a Bloom Corn Cutter and Crusher on display at Heartland Acres.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at or call (319) 332.0123.
Heartland Acres Agribiton Center is a 501 (c) (3) non- profit organization. 

  • Published on Jun 20, 2012
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