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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • October 2016 • 39 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY LOADOUT & TRANSPORTATION Tim Hudson, a local farmer and owner of TJM Trucking in rural Colfax, N.D., had a dilemma. He found himself having to pass up valuable gravel-hauling jobs because of the limited ability of his belly dump trailer. Hudson, like other belly dump trailer operators, has to reach a speed of 25 to 30 mph and open the gates in order for the aggregate to spread out on the road surface. In situations such as small towns with gravel streets, farm yards, driveways or winding river roads, and starting from a stop sign, that speed can not only be dangerous, but sometimes impossible. Hudson needed a method of deploying aggregate from a belly dump trailer at greatly reduced speeds. Working on a Solution Hudson went to work on a solution. Cutting a blade out of a recycled oil pipeline and using some extra metal from around his farm, he developed a blade that gives the belly dump oper- ator the option to spread aggregate at not only reduced but safe speeds. Furthermore, the entire invention was attached to a push block, or stinger, that dozers and pay loaders use to push the truck and trailer should it become stuck. With the invention attached to the rear of his trailer, Hudson began to turn heads as he would spread gravel throughout the region. Customers and other operators began to ask questions about where he acquired this attachment that was affixed to rear of his trailer. These inquiries pushed Hudson to contemplate the possibil- ity of exploring what type of market there might be for the product, or even selling his invention. Hudson enlisted the help of his son Jarrett Hudson, and his brother Dan Hudson, who owns D.T. Hudson LLC, a veter- an-owned retail, manufacturing and distribution company in rural Lake Park, Minn. The Hudson team began a rigorous testing process of its first two prototypes. "We never did offer the first prototypes for sale," said Dan Hudson. They took what they learned from the first two designs and developed the GT II Spreader. "We wanted to be confident in the design, geometry and settings before we brought it to the public for sale," he said. Partners The Hudson team partnered with MidMach Manufacturing in Jamestown, N.D., to build the new version of the original prototype. MidMach is now the only manufacturing company in the world that builds the GT II Spreader. North Dakota Farmer and Family Invent Aggregate Spreader

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