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“There’s been a surge in rotary parlor demand as dairy farmers look to milk more cows using less labor,” says Matt Daley, president of GEA Farm Technologies, Inc. “We’re thrilled to bring manufacturing to our Wisconsin plant, where we’ve made milking equipment for over 50 years, and be able to respond faster to growing demand from our customers.”
Before this change, many of GEA’s rotary parlor components came from New Zealand. Disruptions in overseas shipping and rising freight costs no longer make this sourcing viable. The timing felt right to bring the manufacturing home to Wisconsin.
“Our Wisconsin manufacturing plant has been GEA’s center of excellence when it comes to milking equipment engineered for the growing commercial dairy market,” says Daley. “We’re confident in the expertise of our team there and are excited to open more job opportunities while boosting the economy in our nation’s dairy state.”
The Wisconsin plant began making SURGE milking equipment five decades ago – producing basic milking items such as milking units, pulsators, vacuum pumps, pipeline washers, electrical controls and milk receivers. Today, they produce some of the most sophisticated parlor and milk-handling technology.
The plant will produce GEA’s popular rotary parlors, the DairyRotor T8800 and T8900. All DairyRotor models are engineered for fast, smooth cow flow on and off the platform. A favorite feature of farmers who have chosen the GEA DairyRotor is their ability to customize the parlor to meet their needs.
“Our rotary parlors have helped dairy farmers across the U.S. achieve unimaginable milking speed and efficiency,” says Daley. “With our proven technology and experience, we can customize your design and layout to maximize throughput and your investment.”
The GEA DairyRotor is available in configurations up to 120 stalls, 75- or 90-degree angled stalls and drop-down or non-drop-down take-off arms – and comes in two different platform options.
For more information, contact your local GEA milking equipment dealer or visit GEA.com.