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Thurston Manufacturing was founded on the farm in 1971 by Wayne Jensen, and is now run by son, Layton, and grandsons, Nick and Ryan.

Today, the company has three brands -- Blu-Jet, Simonsen Iron Works (contract manufacturing in Spencer, Iowa) and ChuckWagon (mobile grilling systems) that serve customers on 5 different continents.

In this episode of the “Conversations with Ag Equipment Entrepreneurs” podcast, Layton and Nick take a break from the farm show to talk about their family-run fertilizer injection and tillage manufacturing company located in the tiny village (population 130) of Thurston, Neb.

You’ll hear, in their words, their company’s origins, top product innovations, facilities and defining moments in history.

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Yanmar was founded in 1912 and developed the world's first commercially viable small diesel engine in 1933. The diesel engine has continued as our core business ever since, our key tool in the rationalization and modernization of agriculture, fishing and industry. We have brought the world ever more energy efficient and economic engines and implements through a constant process of development and market expansion. Our goal is to promote the quality of life by providing the machines that use energy with the utmost efficiency and value. 

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