The newest manufacturer in the Tri-State – a farmer/inventor/entrepreneur named Mark Altemeier and his brainchild, The Farmboy – were featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer this past Sunday.
Altemeier represents the classic American success story: a businessman who recognized a need, filled it, started selling, and never looked back.
His product: The Farmboy, a hydraulic hitch that fits on the front of a Rough Terrain Vehicle (RTV).
Altemeier sells to the agricultural market: individual farmers, farm equipment dealers and manufacturers.
“I needed a tractor, but I didn’t really feel like dropping $20,000 to get one,” Altemeier said.
“I needed another tractor for a 3-row John Deere planter that I recently purchased, but I wasn’t willing to invest in another expensive piece of equipment,” said Altemeier, a farmer who grows sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, etc. through his Foster’s Farm Market.
“So I thought, how can I make better use of my Kubota RTV, which already has a standard hydraulic system? I thought there must be a hydraulic 3-point hitch accessory for it, so I started searching, and to my surprise, there was nothing out there. Nothing.”
That’s when Altemeier headed out to his manufacturing complex …. err, the barn …. located on his Warren County property in Maineville.
“So, my 4-year old son and I headed out to the barn to invent ‘The Contraption,’ as he liked to call it.
“After I used ‘The Contraption’ to successfully plant my sweet corn, beans, and pumpkins, that’s when I realized I had something I could market to other farmers, dealers, landscapers, hunters, park maintenance, municipalities, the military, and utility companies alike,” Altemeier said.
The Farmboy was originally designed to fit the Kubota line of RTVs, but is adaptable to a number of manufacturers.
The original press release from The Farmboy (www.RTVHitchworks.com) is here:
…. and here’s the online story in The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Here’s a sneak peek from The Cincinnati Enquirer photo shoot last week:
And … finally …. here’s a JPG of the original press release on The Farmboy: