Crary Industries today announced two new key positions for their LOCKWOOD Manufacturing business unit. Jim Balstad, LOCKWOOD Business Unit Director will oversee all business unit functions for LOCKWOOD including product innovation, grower support, sales and dealer services. Jared Fessenden, Parts and Service Manager (Idaho) will manage Parts and Services for both of LOCKWOOD’s Idaho locations in Paul and Blackfoot and transition to this role in early 2022.
Jim Balstad brings with him nearly 30 years of industry experience in agricultural machinery, starting at Alloway and transitioning to Wil-Rich. Prior to coming to LOCKWOOD, Balstad was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lemken USA. Growing up on a farm near Winger, Minnesota, he is rooted in the agricultural community.
“I enjoy working with growers and dealers to help bring them the best equipment for their operation,” said Balstad. “I appreciate the opportunity to uphold the dedication LOCKWOOD has given to the potato growing industry and continue to grow this business unit.”
Balstad lives in the Fargo area and enjoys spending his free time with family, snowmobiling, and working on classic cars.
Jared Fessenden says he enjoys being connected with the farming community and LOCKWOOD customers. “I’m proud to represent a strong brand and help growers manage and maintain their equipment.”
Fessenden has extensive experience in the agricultural industry and started in specialized row cropping applications for sugar beets and potatoes. Prior to coming to LOCKWOOD, he managed a 25,000 acre corporate farm in Paul, Idaho where he focused on potato production and processing. Fessenden comes from farming roots as well.
“I was born and raised on a family farm and ran my own operation in the Rupert/Jackson area,” he says. “I’ve been doing this my whole life.” Fessenden now lives in the Paul area and enjoys spending his free time on the river or in the mountains with his wife and two sons. He also enjoys fishing and hunting.
Connect with Jared for all your LOCKWOOD potato equipment parts and service needs in Idaho by visiting lockwoodmfg.com/locations/Idaho.
For more information regarding this press release contact:
Nick Chiodo, Marketing Manager