New Fratco Spaces & Places

EMPLOYEE BREAK ROOM When you work in manufacturing, adding extra sunshine into the day makes everything brighter. That was one of the ambitious goals Fratco brought to the design table when planning the new employee break room at its Francesville location. Wrapped in windows, the break room is warm and inviting with thoughtful touches throughout.… Continue reading New Fratco Spaces & Places

Meet Willie Parish

Manufacturing Superintendent Since 1987, Willie Parish has been part of the Fratco family. Recently promoted to Manufacturing Superintendent, Willie began where so many start their careers at the four-generation strong business. “What did I do previously?” he laughs, recalling all the stops along the way, “A little bit of everything.” Parish knows the ins and… Continue reading Meet Willie Parish

Sentimental Journey

Rob Ash & Kyle Tressler Hoeing Supply, Inc Pennsylvania civic leader Dr. Benjamin Rush was a physician, politician, humanitarian, educator and one of the historymakers who helped pen then added his signature to the Declaration of Independence. Born in 1746, Dr. Rush was the figurehead Rush County and the town of Rushville, Indiana were named… Continue reading Sentimental Journey

Dry Spell

Navigating Drainage Farming seems like a pretty simple process, right? Till the soil, plant seeds, nurture plants and, finally, it’s harvest time. If farming were that easy, growers would be delighted, and their yields would thrive no matter the climate, weather or terrain; a little piece of heaven on earth. The world of agriculture is… Continue reading Dry Spell

Farm & Family

The Business of Family Business For decades, Hollywood has shaped our view of agriculture through their storytelling lenses of what rural farm-living looks like. If you loved Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert’s 1965 sitcom Green Acres, then you witnessed a socialite uprooted from NYC when her lawyer- husband yearned for a simpler life. Children of the… Continue reading Farm & Family

Meet Adrianna Tiede

Algona Plant Office Manager Building relationships with coworkers and customers is at the heart of Adrianna Tiede’s work ethic. Investing in people and taking a leap of faith when the opportunity presented itself is what brought her to Fratco in June 2020. Born and raised in Le Center, Minnesota, Tiede came on board as an… Continue reading Meet Adrianna Tiede

Greener Fairways & Good Deeds

The Business of Family How drainage made a big difference for a golf course and their community When it comes to golf course planning, a developer’s focus is location, location, location. For landscape architects and contractors creating a scenically manicured 18 hole experience, their mantra is drainage, drainage, drainage. Having the right pipe in place… Continue reading Greener Fairways & Good Deeds

Growing Hometown Roots with Eads & Son Bulldozing

The Wabash River snakes through a series of towns and cities that generations of Midwestern families have called home. Where it branches into the Salamonie River, you’ll find Lagro, Indiana. Founded in 1835, Lagro is a cozy community made up of generations of residents who love their tight-knit hometown. It is also where you’ll find… Continue reading Growing Hometown Roots with Eads & Son Bulldozing

2021 Trends

Keep your eyes on these areas of agribusiness Agriculture’s influence is global. Local and international growers and producers have a strong voice that sets the industry’s tone for the year. From career changes to choosing new crops to invest in, here are trends to keep an eye on in 2021. NEW PEOPLE Clock-punchers are leaving… Continue reading 2021 Trends

New to Fratco – The UC 5XX

The UC 5XX is a marvel in corrugated pipe manufacturing. Compatible with the wide range of products Fratco offers our customers, this machine can pivot production quickly and easily, cutting turnaround time in half. It also gives Fratco total control of pressure and temperature, making it energy and time efficient. Our partnership with Unicor is… Continue reading New to Fratco – The UC 5XX