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Koechner Manufacturing, Inc.


From the 2000 History of Moniteau County:

His father's love of tinkering and his own rough go at farming, turned Cecil Koechner to manufacturing angle iron products. He started the business in a building 600 sq. feet in size on his father's farm. His father, Joseph F. Koechner, used all hand powered tools. The first items that he manufactured were picnic table frames, gas barrel racks, hog farrowing crates, feed bunk frames and turkey coops.


The business was purchased from his father officially on February 27, 1960, when Cecil and his wife, Margaret Ann, borrowed $500 form the bank and applied for a tax ID number.


Within two years, the business had outgrown the farm buildings and it was moved to the Louis J. Knipp farm west of Tipton.


In 1967, a small business load was obtained and land was purchased on Highway 50 in east Tipton and a building constructed. An office and several buildings have been added as the business grew. In 1999 we have grown to 23,000 sq. feet.


Turkey coops are the product manufactured at present. These coops are sold all over the United States, Mexico and Canada. We still also sell some picnic table frames. Cecil and Margaret have retired and their son, Mark W. Koechner, is in charge of operating the business and running it very successfully.



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