PITTSBURG — It barely fit, but they managed.
O’Malley Implement — one of the area’s largest John Deere dealers — managed to bring in a S700 series combine through the shop doors at Pittsburg State University’s Kansas Technology Center.
The combine — along with a tractor, which stands about 12 feet tall, a corn head and other machinery — were brought in for local farmers and PSU students to learn about the newest technologies in agriculture.
“We’ve always had a pretty good working relationship with PSU and they are always anxious to have us host an event out here,” O’Malley Implement Sales Manager Craig Johnson said. “They have a beautiful facility and we really like working with these folks.”
O’Malley Implement hosts a couple events like this a year, sometimes on location, this time at PSU.
Automotive Technology Associate Professor Tim Dell said hosting the event at PSU is a win-win for the dealers, local farmers and students.
He said the dealers can host the event at the university while it is business as usual at the dealership, the local farmers would not have to travel far to see the new equipment and the students get a real life look at the machines.
“The great benefit to Pitt State — aside form showing off the facility — is normally, we have to leave campus,” Dell said.
“We go to events themselves, but last night after one of the heavy equipment classes got out they went out to the machines and we talked to them about some of the systems.
“Faculty and students get exposure right here and now without leaving campus.”
Johnson agreed, students can be brought to the attention of the dealership where they could make connections for their career.
“Sometimes dealerships will ultimately employ students,” he said.
Local Farmer Mathew Dumn, walked around the room and realized the RPR Concave System he had been looking at on the web was there.
“I’m was just looking at one of these online,” he said.
Dumn said he was glad to have the chance to see the machinery and have the specifics explained to him in person.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.