Tucked away off what used to be the main highway in a town of less than 1,200 residents is a global agricultural manufacturing plant. Kincaid Equipment Manufacturing is one of a handful of manufacturers of test seed combines. Last year, they developed a new consumer line for hemp growers.
Half a century ago, Haven farmer and mechanic Delmar Kincaid was intrigued by a neighbor’s broken combine. After lots of tinkering, he got it working and soon went on to invent his own machines – eventually starting a new brand and painting them all Kincaid red.
Last year, Delmar Kincaid sold the company to his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberley Kincaid-Warner and Todd Warner, who now run the business. By keeping the business family-owned, Delmar was assured that his small-town Kansas values will not leave the company.
"We are continuing dad’s legacy," Kimberley said. "We’re continuing to be a family-owned company that values its customers and employees."
"The hemp industry is intriguing because of our background in seed research," Todd said. "Last summer, when the hemp thing started getting big, we started moving toward the hemp manufacturing industry."
Kincaid’s hemp belt thrasher strips the byproduct off the stalk and then collects the seed.
"It’s perfect for the farmer who has 20 acres or less," Todd said. "There’s a two-week return on investment in labor savings."
Kincaid is also developing a machine and software that would allow hemp producers to use equipment to precisely plant, through a trigger drop, their sprouted crops as they move them from the greenhouse to the field.
"Because of our background in seed research, it’s a natural fit," Todd said.
Kincaid began with a small test plot combine, which is used by universities and industries worldwide. This small, stylishly-designed machine has a proven track record from decades of service. The company also manufactures multiple row spacing and no-till and minimum-til options.
Because of Kincaid’s full-time engineering staff, the company can modify and upgrade equipment in its 80,000-square-foot facility. In addition, the firm builds many of its own parts.
Along with being a leader in twin-plot technology, Kincaid builds a heavy-duty thresher and is renovating its hydroseeding machine.
Haven remains home
Although Todd travels the world selling the Kincaid product, Haven remains home to the company. With both a warehouse and a manufacturing plant located in downtown Haven, the business remains anchored in Reno County.
Slightly more than 30 employees come from Haven, Hutchinson, Yoder and neighboring towns. Last year, Kincaid started an internship program with Hutchinson Community College students and is excited to give back to the community with training.
"I’m proud to take over from my dad," Kimberly said. "Having him be able to watch and mentor us is great."