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As a mechanic in the experimental department, we hand built prototype Gleaner Combines and field tested these units throughout the United States. During my years,I was able to do extensive work with what was to become the N6 model. I was credited with the sliding chopper mounting on the L and M model combines. I worked at the Gleaner combine plant from 1968-1979 and had first hand experience of the rise and the decline of the AC and Gleaner name. In the mid-60's, the plant would turn out as many as 35 model A2 and C2 combines per day. The RLDS Church parking lot to the northwest of the plant was always full of new combines waiting to be shipped. By the time I left, you would scarcely see any combines setting in the lot waiting to shipped. Travel was a large part of my job description as I would field test prototypes in many states, mostly west of the Mississippi. Some of the co-workers I remember fondly are Larry Mathes, Rolla Barker, Ron Erickson, Bob Calvert, Larry Gooden, Fred Christopher, T.C. Hewlett, Don Misel, Lloyd Lazerus, Lawrence Ellebracht, and Lee Shank among others. I chose to leave the combine plant in 1979 to take over the family farm from my father.
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