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Tri-L products move more than hay

Moving bales, growing sales

Tri-L Manufacturing expands well beyond hay Equipment to offer wide range of products that help farmers get the job done
Story by Allison Jenkins
Necessity is the mother of invention.
This age-old adage has been the mantra of Tri-L Manufacturing since its humble beginnings more than 40 years ago. In the late 1970s, Bob Lynch and his family needed a way to move round hay bales on their farm in Ozark, Mo. The big round balers were just catching on in popularity, and handling equipment was hard to find.

Bob, a mechanical engineer by trade, took matters into his own hands. Turning an old milk barn into a makeshift machine shop, he fashioned a hay fork that attached to the three-point hitch on his tractor. It worked like a charm. Soon, neighbors were asking . . . .

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This is a continuing series of interviews with MFA Incorporated’s board of directors to help members get to better know their cooperative’s leadership. In this edition, we’re featuring Jimmie Reading, District 7 director from Curryville, Mo., where he farms 2,000 acres of row crops and runs a 200-head cow/calf herd.
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I think “honesty and integrity” mean the most to me. It’s listed first on MFA’s values statement, and it should be first. If the people you do business with don’t possess those qualities, the rest doesn’t matter. I believe that’s one of the main reasons MFA has been successfully . . . .

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