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MACH II Tire founders sell to Seljan PDF E-mail

The MACH II irrigation tire has rolled on from its original home near Giltner and is now owned and manufactured by the Seljan Company in Lake Mills, Wisc.
Founders Mike Hawthorne and Clayton Higgins sold all but 10 percent of the company effective Jan. 1, saying it was it was a good move for all involved.
“It was time,” Hawthorne and Higgins said of the sale. “They are a lot bigger company that works with molds and tooling so they will be able to do things better than we could. We both felt our product would be a good fit for their company.”
Back in 1994, Hawthorne and Higgins were both frustrated with center pivot irrigation system tires that were constantly getting stuck in the field. They took matters into their own hands, developing a prototype tire made of steel, and thus the MACH II Tire was born.
“We both had pivots that were stuck all the time and at that time you just couldn’t buy anything else,” Higgins recalled. “We made the first two ourselves out in the back shop and later it went to fiberglass, which is how we made them for probably five or six years.”
The company grew to a peak of five employees, who manufactured a one-piece fiberglass wheel designed to be used on all center pivot systems. The product far exceeded the performance and lifespan of rubber tires, while also creating less stress on drive train components.
But, eventually, the product evolved again.

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