Newman Grove

Local trucking company gets high profile job hauling prototype combine long distance

HIGH PROFILE HAUL — Gary Johnson’s tractor-trailer rig, loaded with a new state of the art combine for the trip to New York City.

Nelsen Transportation Co. of Newman Grove had a highly unusual long distance haul last month.
Their driver, Gary Johnson of Yankton, SD, loaded a new state of the art Fendt Ideal 9T prototype combine after Husker Harvest Days on Sept. 13, and began a 1,500 mile trip to New York City.
There, the combine and the CEO of AGCO, the combine manufacturer, were scheduled to appear on a CNBC television show, “Mad Money,” on Sept. 18.
The combine weighed in at 55,000 pounds. It was 13.4 feet wide and 14.5 feet tall. It was hauled on a triple axle trailer with aluminum pull-out outriggers. Because of the load size, Nelsen Transportation owner Byron Flood had to arrange for special over dimension permits, a route survey, and a lead car to travel through New Jersey and into New York City in front of the big rig.
Logistics had to be just right, because another trucking company was hauling the combine header, and Martin Richenhagen, president and CEO of AGCO in Switzerland, were meeting at the same time at the CNBC studios for the filming.
It all worked. The combine and header were unloaded on the CNBC parking lot. “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer taped his show, and then the equipment was reloaded.

Read the full story in the Oct. 9 Albion News print and e edition.