BLU-JET Announces Territory Shifts

October 1st, 2013 – Thurston, NE

Thurston Manufacturing Company announced today a shift in management responsibilities for some of its key BLU-JET Tillage Equipment sales areas. The areas affected include Iowa, Wisconsin, and Southern Minnesota.

“We are happy to announce that Show Me Shortline, LLC of Columbia, MO has agreed to represent BLU-JET Tillage Products in Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin,” said Nick Jensen, President of Product Distribution and Development. “Show Me Shortline Company already has an outstanding record with the BLU-JET product line in Missouri and Arkansas,” he continued “and we look forward to seeing what they can do for us in these new areas”.

A new face will also be appearing to represent BLU-JET Tillage in the state of Iowa. Trevor Mullanix, BLU-JET’s current Regional Sales Manager in Nebraska, will now also be serving the BLU-JET dealer network in Iowa. In Mullanix’s first year as Regional Sales Manager, he increased sales within his assigned territory, a region already leading the nation in BLU-JET Tillage Sales, by nearly 60 percent. “His extraordinary accomplishments in his current territory lead us to believe that he can and will service our Iowa dealer network with the same enthusiasm and dedication he has shown his existing area,” Jensen concluded.

If you are in the listed areas and would like to contact those individuals, please call (402)385.3041 .

Same Great Reliability, New Greater Capacity

 Circle R Side Dump is proud to announce the newest addition to the lineup of side dump trailers.

The new 37’ SuperCube Dump Body is now available! This trailer features the same amount of reliability and toughness that Circle R is known for, but with even more efficiency! The new 37’ dumb body offers a 26.1 cubic yard capacity and an incredible 42.6 cubic yard capacity when a high capacity kit is installed.

The SuperCube is available on a 44’ chassis with axle options of: a tri-axle, quad-axle or quint-axle, allowing operators to maximize hauling potential in their state.

QuickLoad AirWeigh® Scales are standard equipment on trailers with the new 37’ dump body. The scale converts air pressure in the air springs into accurate on-the-ground weight, eliminating check weigh fees and overweight fines.

SuperCube Dumping

Circle R SuperCube Side Dump Trailer

The SuperCube is available on a 44’ chassis with axle options of: a tri-axle, quad-axle or quint-axle.


Thurston Manufacturing Company Acquires Simonsen Iron Works

Thurston Manufacturing Company, Thurston, Nebraska, is proud to announce the asset purchase of a Spencer, Iowa, based company, Simonsen Iron Works. Nick Jensen, co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Thurston said, “This acquisition is an exciting opportunity for Thurston Manufacturing, furthering company diversity into a larger number of markets and industries by continuing to operate Simonsen Iron Works as a competitive and reliable provider of contract manufacturing services”. “Just as important as diversification is the immediate addition of production capacity for our current domestic and overseas markets. This modern 130,000 sq. ft. facility will provide a relief valve to current production of BLU-JET and Circle R Side Dump products in Thurston, allowing us to accept orders we would otherwise be forced to turn away”, Jensen continued.

Recent business activity at Simonsen Iron Works includes the production of attachments for the ATV and skid steer industries as well as various components for several area manufacturers. The business has two automated flat sheet lasers, five robotic welders, numerous manual welding stations, several press breaks, large stamping presses and shears plus tube bending, cutoff machinery and machining center capabilities. A state of the art conveyor-fed powder coat paint system followed by an efficient assembly and packaging line is also encompassed.

After former ownership was forced to lay off Simonsen employees last week, Thurston Manufacturing expedited the purchase process and 30 of the 32 staff members have now been rehired under the new ownership. This includes Operations Manager Aaron Schulz, who has been instrumental in maintaining employee and supplier relationships throughout this process. Ryan Jensen, Chief Operating Officer, Thurston co-owner and brother of Nick Jensen commented, “The employees of this facility take great pride in their work and their work place as evidenced by the excellent on-time shipping records, extremely low warranty experience and the overall spotless, physical appearance of the entire facility”. Jensen continued, “This is a very impressive factory, inside and out”. Work as usual commenced under the new ownership at 6 a.m. Monday, May 20th.

Thurston Manufacturing Company, incorporated in 1971, designs, manufactures and markets Blu-Jet Fertilizer Injection and Tillage Equipment and Circle R Side Dump Semi-Trailers in Thurston, Nebraska. The now 160 employee company has been operating at maximum capacity, running 3 shifts, 50 hours per week for over eight years. This strategic acquisition will help Thurston diversify into different industries and increase overall capacity.

Founded in 1906, Simonsen Iron Works is poised to expand into new opportunities for business growth. Layton Jensen, CEO related: “Thurston Manufacturing Company is pleased to add this facility in Spencer, a community filled with skilled and vibrant workers, and we look forward to a long lasting relationship with the city and its people”.

For further information about Thurston, visit, www.Blu-Jet, and

Thurston Manufacturing Company New Corporate Logo

New Corporate Logo