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January 19, 2014

Indiana Irrigation ready for trade show

Onward-based company startedin 1977.

Indiana Irrigation is gearing up for the annual Indiana Horticultural Congress & Trade Show in Indianapolis.

The Onward-based company, run by the Torkelson family since 1977, has eight employees and boasts an impressive roster of clients, from The Anderson, Pioneer, Dow Agro Sciences and even the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

They were founded, the Torkelsons say, “in the early days of irrigation when systems were more of a luxury than an everyday tool in the Midwest.”

“Jack Laymon, the founder, started Indiana Irrigation in his back yard. Since then we have grown to three buildings of inventory, a maintenance facility, and large pipe yard,” the company website states.

Dan Torkelson, the operations manager, said the company makes the large “center pivot” irrigation systems seen in large grain-growing operations, and also specializes in smaller systems used by fruit and vegetable growers.

The J.B. Ladd farming operation outside of Peru, which grows melons and other produce, is a customer, as are many orchards and vegetable-growing operations.

“A lot of them are the kinds of places you take your family for fall activities,” Torkelson said. “The kind of place you go on a hayride.”

The Horticultural Congress “is a good place to meet up with a lot of our longtime customer base,” Torkelson added. “For the most part, we just service our existing customers, and we’re always looking for a few new faces.”

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