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7areverygoodaboutschedulingaroundourneedsheadded.TheAndersonsInc.tracesitshistoryto1947whenHaroldAndersonstartedagrainelevatorinMaumeewiththeintentionofmakingiteasierforlocalfarmerstogettheirproducttomarket.Thecompanyhasgrownintoamajordiversifiedagribusinesscorporationwithover3000employeesandoperationsaroundtheU.S.CanadaandMexico.ItsdivisionsincludeplantnutrientssuchastheoperationsinMaumeeandToledothatproducegranularfertilizers.TheOhioplantsservicecustomersinOhioMichiganandIndianaaswellasinOntarioproducingsingle-nutrientfertilizersandcustomblends.Companywidethereare18fertilizerplantsthatproducemorethan2milliontonsofplantnutrientsannually.ThecompanyalsorunsgrainterminalsinthecentralU.S.withthecapacitytohold139millionbushelsofcorn.In2013TheAndersonsgrainterminalshandledshipmentsfornearly500millionbushelsofcorn.TheAndersonsalsohasadivisionthatleasesoutrailcarsanotherthatoperatesfourethanolplantsonethatprovidesriskmanagementservicesanddivisionsthatproducepalletizedmineralproductsandindustrialproducts.Otherpartsofthecompanyincluderetailcentersprofessionalturfproductsandadivisionthatmanufacturersavarietyofproductsfromcorncobs.ThewheelloaderpurchasewasthefirsttimethatSchweitzerhaddonebusinesswithColumbusEquipmentanditwasagoodexperiencehesaid.BeforeweusuallygotamachineandthebucketthatcomeswithitbutthankstoColumbusEquipmentthistimeweletourbusinessdictatetherightmachine.Theyreallylookedatourneeds.Everyonehasbeengoodtoworkwith.AfterthesalewestillseeLuke.Hestopsbyorcallstomakesurethingsarerunningsmoothly.FindingtherightwheelloadersforTheAndersonsplantsinOhiohasbeenateameffortMathesonsaid.Welookedattheirbusinessandtheirchallengesandtheylistenedtooursuggestions.Theyvebeengreattoworkwith.OurgoalistobringtangiblevaluetotheoperationaddedMatheson.Helpingcustomersfindtherightequipmentandtherightsolutionsfortheirbusinessissimplypartofthatprocess.AsJoeSchweitzerdiscoveredColumbusEquipmentisfocusedonanenduringpartnershipnotjustaquicksale.LeftJoshBundyexitingTheAndersonsArchBuilding.CenterWhatlookslikeamoonovertheMatterhornontheSwissItalianborderisactuallyaskylightoverwhitegranularphosphateintheToledoPNsstoragefacility.RightTheAndersonsequippedtheKomatsuWA500witha10-yard9-toncapacityGEMbucket.Thecustom-designedbucketreducedloadcyclesfrom5to3passesandpreservedamaximumdumpclearanceof116meaningtallMichigansideboardtruckscouldbeloadedwithoutneedingtoemployahigh-liftmachinewithdecreasedbucketcapacity.Ourgoalistobringtangiblevaluetotheoperation.LukeMathesonMachineSalesRepresentativeColumbusEquipmentCompanyTheAndersonsInc.tracesitshistoryto1947whenHaroldAndersonstartedagrainelevatorinMaumee