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OCT 2016

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40 • ROCK products • October 2016 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY LOADOUT & TRANSPORTATION Because of its design, the GT II Spreader is also a functional bumper when retracted, providing recommended rear-im- pact protection. Each unit comes with an adaptor plate so that the GT II Spreader can attach to any trailer that has an existing push block. Another benefit of the GT II Spreader is that it does not add a significant amount of weight. This means that the operator does not have to haul less aggregate. So far, the Hudsons have sold models to dealers in the local area as well as individuals as far away as Texas. Tim Hudson, who owns two belly dump trailers, has a GT II Spreader on each. "I can't be without them. They pay for themselves because now we have the option to spread at reduced speeds and bid jobs I would not have normally been able to consider without subcontracting with another company," he said. Both Tim and Dan Hudson said they know their product may not be for everyone, but believe there is a definitely a place in the aggregates industry for the GT II Spreader. TJM Truck- ing has used the GT II Spreader to safely spread gravel in rural towns, by schools, on river roads and into farm yards at reduced speeds for nearly two years. The Hudsons continue to use, market and sell their GT II Spreader. "It is an innovative product and I get calls every day, sometimes people just curious or wondering why no one had thought of this idea before," said Dan Hudson. "It has been really awesome to see an idea that came from my brother's head now out in the marketplace." For more information on how the GT II Spreader works, go to The Hudson family has deep North Dakota roots. All three Hudsons attended and graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wah- peton, N.D., but have had very different career and education paths. • Tim Hudson was graduated with a degree in recre- ational engines technology. He now farms and owns TJM Trucking, operating from his farm near Colfax, N.D. • Dan Hudson was graduated with a degree in pre- law enforcement from NDSCS and with a degree in sociology from North Dakota State University. He is a veteran, a former member of the North Dakota Air National Guard and the Fargo Police Department. • Jarrett Hudson was graduated with a degree in crop production sales and technology and was a Dean's List student. He hauls gravel for TJM Trucking and farms as well. "This project has really brought us much closer as a family and that has made it all worthwhile. Our parents, Gary and Linda, have even joined the team by travel- ing around the southern area and marketing the GT II Spreader from their Mesa, Ariz., home," Dan Hudson said. He said he could not ask for a better team than his family. A Family Enterprise

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