Vernon P. Hofer and Joe
Danny Hofer started Rural Mfg. Co., Inc. in 1968. The Plant
was established from a group of farm buildings existing on Vernon's farm 8
miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Freeman, South Dakota. The first
building used was a quonset type shop, and as business increased it was
necessary to build new structures and convert existing farm buildings.
Farrowing crates were the basic output of Rural Mfg. Co., Inc. in the
beginning. As more equipment was developed and demand for it
increased, employees were hired to help with the manufacturing
process. In the spring of 1976 it was decided to start
construction on a new plant on U.S. Highway 81 just north of
Freeman, South Dakota.
Mfg. Co., Inc. manufactures a full line of livestock equipment and
is a dealer for well over 30 other leading livestock equipment
manufacturers. The company also custom manufactures a variety of
products for other businesses. The building standing at this
present site measures 80 ft. x 230 ft. with an additional 30
ft. x 30 ft. enclosed loading dock. In 1981, a 60 ft. x 164 ft.
warehouse was erected to the northeast of the main plant. The
original buildings west of Freeman which served as Rural Mfg. Co.,
Inc., have been converted back to their original use as farm