Parma company builds new plant to make harvesting equipment

krodine@idahostatesman.comMay 15, 2013 

Top Air more than doubled its production space when it moved into its new 20,000-square-foot plant on Roswell Boulevard, with headquarters offices attached, owner and President Duane Kido says.

The previous plant, across the street from the new one, covered 8,000 square feet, Kido told the Idaho Statesman.

The new plant was built by Arriaga Construction of Caldwell, with a 2,000-square-foot office building in addition to the steel production building, he said.

He declined to share the construction costs. The building permit lists a cost of $15,770.44 for the production building. Other portions of the project were permitted separately, a city employee told the Statesman, but those cost figures were not readily available Wednesday.

The company makes toppers, harvesters and loaders for onion and garlic crops. A topper removes the top of an onion or garlic during harvest. Top Air has a patented method for removal.

The expansion gives Top Air extra space to research and develop new products, plus flexibility to manufacture larger machines in the future, Kido said.

“We’re continuously looking for new lines,” Kido said.

Headquartered in the heart of Idaho’s onion-growing country, Top Air sells much of its equipment in Southwest Idaho and Malheur County, Ore. It also has dealers in other states as well as South America, Africa, Turkey, Asia, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

“We normally produce 40 to 50 mixed units of everything we produce,” Kido said. A mixed unit is a harvester or other piece of heavy equipment plus various support equipment. “Twenty-five to 35 percent of that is exported,” he said.

Founded in 1990 as Specialized Manufacturing Co., the business adopted its Top Air brand as the company name in 2004. Kido has been with the company for 20 years.

He declined to disclose annual sales for the company, which has 20 employees.

Kristin Rodine: 377-6447

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