Monday, April 8, 2013

4-H Field Trip

Last Thursday evening, Roger and I had the pleasure of accompanying JM's 4-H group on their field trip.  We traveled south of Hartley about 15 miles to the town of Sutherland to tour JTV Manufacturing.

JTV is co-owned by a friend of ours, Brent Thorn.  Brent was our gracious host for the evening's tour.  We had a fairly large group of  kids for the tour as well as some of the parents.  I think the big kids enjoyed the tour just as much as the 4-H members.  Brent talked to the group about how their company began.  They began as 3 partners manufacturing their products and have grown to have about 80 employees.  JTV makes parts for companies such as John Deere, Case IH, and AGCO.

 JTV manufactures parts from steel.  They use these big lasers to cut the parts from the sheets of steel.  It was very interesting to see the lasers in action.  The lasers that JTV use can cut through sheets of steel that are 1 1/2 inches thick.  They also have plasma cutters and a torch system that can cut through steel up to 8 inches thick.

The parts are cut with great precision, and there is very little waste on from a sheet of steel.  All the little "left over" pieces from the cut sheets is recycled and may return in a new sheet of steel.

JTV has computer programmed "metal brakes" that bend the steel parts to whatever angle is called for.  They also have the capability to machine the parts as needed as well.  Welders can also weld parts together prior to delivery. JTV has semi trucks to deliver the parts or they can ship out by UPS.

Mr. Thorn answered the kids' questions after the tour concluded.  His company makes and ships thousands of steel parts across the country every day.  Everyone appreciated the opportunity to see how JTV operates.  We are proud to have a successful company like JTV Manufacturing in our area!

JTV Manufacturing, Sutherland, Iowa