Orthman is a world leader in agricultural equipment because quality is built deeply into everything we do
Great ideas in agriculture come from farmers in the field. In 1965, Henry Orthman’s first great idea was to develop and market hitch conversion kits that would let growers keep their existing implements when they purchased a new tractor. From there, he developed one of the earliest folding toolbars, the first ground-engaging implement steering system and a host of other agricultural innovations.
In 2001, Orthman introduced the tool that would spur tremendous interest and international growth in precision strip-till farming — the Orthman 1tRIPr. A near-instant success because of its extraordinarily effective operation, Orthman was soon shipping 1tRIPrs to Australia, South Africa and Eastern Europe, and today, they are at work in more than 14 countries worldwide.
Orthman continues to grow, testing new products and farming practices at research sites across the U.S., South Africa and Eastern Europe. Our innovation and product quality has led to long-term OEM agreements with John Deere and other manufacturers, and our dealer network continues to expand nationally and internationally. In 2013, Orthman opened a production facility in Kempton Park, South Africa, to better meet the needs of growers in sub-Saharan Africa. In late 2015, Orthman will begin operations in a state-of-the-art, 115,000-square-foot manufacturing and production facility near our Lexington, Neb., headquarters.