Mike Dykstra joined Kinze in 2007 to spearhead creative services, bringing a strong background in ag equipment design, technical graphics, technical writing and marketing to the position. His responsibilities include photography, video production, literature, trade show design and execution, and corporate history projects, as well as developing and maintaining the Kinze Innovation Center. Mike holds a degree in Industrial Technology from William Penn University.
As you're heading through the middle of the country on Interstate 80, it's easy to stop off at Iowa exit 216 to learn more about the history of agriculture. Make stopping at the Kinze Innovation Center part of your vacation plans.
Over the years, millions of people traveling along Interstate-80 have passed Kinze headquarters and marveled at the spectacle of our yard art.
Part of what makes Kinze Manufacturing such a special company is the many rich stories of our founder and president Jon Kinzenbaw. In 2013, we released a children's book - Big Blue and Polly, - which shared a story of friendship and determination with the next generation of farmers.
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For nearly 40 years, a giant Kinze grain cart, has been hoisted in the air, above the Williamsburg, IA Exit 216 on I-80. Why? Because it represents first major product innovation developed and manufactured (1971) by Jon Kinzenbaw and what was then his new upstart company, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
In 1965, John Deere introduced the 5020 standard, regarded at the time as one of the more powerful two-wheel-drive models on the market. A row crop version would be introduced the following year. Then, in 1968, the 5020 received a serious power increase to 141 hp - putting it near the forefront of the industry.
Jon Kinzenbaw owns hundreds of tractors. Red, green, yellow, gray and blue. He collects them all. They're all unique in some way. All have a story to tell. But none quite like the one he affectionately calls "The Old H."
What makes a company special isn't just the products and services it offers. It's the stories and company history. Stories about the vibrant, talented people who enrich the culture and embody the brand name. Stories about how certain product offerings were first innovated and later improved. Kinze is fortunate in that regard, for ours is a history with an abundance of great stories.
A few years ago the Kinzenbaw family and Kinze Leadership Team began exploring ways to really tell the Kinze story. Many exciting ideas surfaced - like books, videos and various digital productions - yet one challenge remained. With a company so rich in history, how could any ONE medium capture the story of Kinze in its entirety?