The years they spent working on the farm there evolved into what would become a lifelong career in the agricultural industry for the two brothers.
They founded SMA in 1975. The first job for the new company was a 50K bushel steel workhouse for Zip Feed in Huron, SD, a building that still stands today.
Along with workhouses, the early projects for SMA consisted largely of feed mills and overhead load out systems using a Panelizer bin system.
As the amount of commodities increased the demands of the industry soon changed. SMA recognized the new needs of the facilities and began constructing round corrugated steel bins to existing workhouses at country elevators.
In the mid 1980’s, railway systems began to offer elevators shipping ratio incentives. This created a need to move larger volumes of product in a much shorter period of time.
SMA again met the demand by beginning to build 25 car train loader facilities.
Today the loading facilities have progressed to loop tracks which load 110 cars in a 6-12 hour period. To allow facilities enough product on site for the train loading systems SMA now offers 1.5 to 3 million bushel piler systems, steel bins with up 1.5 million bushel capacity and flat storage buildings which can hold up to 6 million bushels.
As they have since the beginning, SMA continues to meet the challenges of a constantly changing industry to this day.