After unveiling its first line of grain trailer this year, the M.H. Eby company is expanding its plant in central Iowa to build more of them.
Known for its livestock trailers, Eby unveiled its Generation grain trailer at the National Farm Machinery Show Kentucky in February.
“It’s going great. We’re trying to keep up with production, and we’re already looking to expand,” said Mike Hars, manager at Eby in Worthing, South Dakota.
The trailers are manufactured at the company’s headquarters plant in Pennsylvania. The plant in Story City, Iowa, north of Des Moines, is undergoing a $7 million addition and will start making the grain trailers at the end of July. The Story City location currently manufactures Eby’s Bull Ride and Trans Pork commercial livestock semi-trailer models.
Eby designed the 40-foot tandem trailers from customer feedback and tested them over the last four years. Hars noted some of the standout features, including the Shur-Co tarp system.
“We designed the trailer with the tarp in mind. It’s meant to work in unison,” he said.
Sloped roof rails prevent grain from getting hung up and adds capacity. The aluminum subframe decreases weight. It also has an aluminum landing gear. Like Eby’s livestock trailers, the grain trailer uses Hendrickson axels. Hars said they offer longevity and reliability.
The trap wheels measure 4 inches rather than the 1 ½-inch wheels that other use. Hars said that allows for less binding and easier rolling.
The tapered king pin allows for more ground clearance and better mobility. Wires are secured with a water-tight harness covered under warranty.
The trailer costs $40,000 to $50,000, depending on options.