Parma firm more than doubles space

Top Air builds onion and garlic harvesters used in the Treasure Valley and on six continents.

krodine@idahostatesman.comMay 16, 2013 

The company's new 20,000-square-foot plant on Roswell Boulevard dwarfs its former facility, which was across the street and offered about 8,000 square feet, Top Air owner and President Duane Kido said.

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

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 northwest Canyon County, 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, 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 percent to 35 percent of that is exported," he said.

Kido 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.

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

Kristin Rodine: 377-6447

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