LINDSAY, Neb.- Lindsay Corporation is celebrating 50 years since the sale of the first Zimmatic center pivot irrigation system.
Nebraska has become the epicenter of the irrigation industry. "There are more than 60,000 center pivots in the state of Nebraska operating today. There is a lot of history in the industry here in the state," Lindsay Corporation Director of Sales, North American Irrigation said. The Zimmatic equipment was founded by Paul Zimmerer, and he and his sons Art and Bernie built and sold equipment that would change the landscape of agriculture.
"Art and Bernie weren't sure the equipment was going to work," Jason said. "The initial contract that they signed with the first customer said we won't make you pay until that system makes one full revolution, and it sold for $15,000 back in 1968. So a lot of uncertainty back then, a lot of companies trying to manufacture irrigation pivots, and then today, there's really only five irrigation manufacturers left. Four of them are in Nebraska," Jason said.
The product is still made in Lindsay, Nebraska. The company has grown through the years. It was a family-owned company until 1974, then it was bought by DeKalb research. They owned the company from 1974 to 1987. Then in 1987, Lindsay became a public company and is currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
"The future is exciting, because we are more technology focused then we ever have been," Jason said. "Controlling systems remotely, allowing farmers to have more time with their families while checking the pivots on their phones. It makes it more convenient."