The Spudnik Equipment Companyâ€™s annual open house has grown through the years to now feature more emphasis on education starting this year with an ag summit focusing on potatoes.
The event at the Spudnik facility west of Blackfoot was held Monday and Tuesday with full production tours beginning each day at 10 a.m. A career night was held Monday and Tuesday night included a customer appreciation dinner, with around 1,500 guests expected to attend.
The seminars began after lunch each day. Mondayâ€™s seminars featured Clay Allen from Allied Potato on planting and harvesting efficiencies, Ryan Luttmer on Spudnik separation systems, Kent Wasdon from GroupAg on psychrometrics in potato storage, and Franz-Bernd Kruthaup from Grimme Group on the international potato outlook.
Corey Steidley, sales director at Spudnik, said the company has been undergoing 167,000 square feet of expansion at its Blackfoot facility. â€œWe have an excellent group of people working for us here,â€ Steidley said. â€œWe have grown by leaps and bounds through the years.