Kelley Manufacturing Co., an industry leaderinpeanutharvesting, tillage, and poultry equipment, is celebrating 50
years of successfully developing superior-quality farm equipment for an ever-chang-ing agricultural economy.
CD Kelley established the company in
1966 at Columbus, Ga., and in 1967 KMC pioneered the development of its first implement — the two-row peanut digger shaker
inverter, which was instrumental in leading
to what is now one of the most successful
lines of peanut harvesting equipment on
In 1968 KMC introduced the roto-tiller,
providing e;cient seedbed preparation and
chemical incorporation. Due to the need for
expansion and research opportunities, Kelley relocated the company to Tifton, Ga., in
100 PERCENT EMPLOYEE OWNED
In 1979, Lanier Carson became President/
CEO of KMC. He saw the need to make KMC
more beneficial to its employees and established a trust in 1998, making the company
100-percent employee owned.
The 1970s and 1980s brought about the
invention of state-of-the-art equipment that
revolutionized the ag industry.
The design of the first KMC two-row digger shaker inverter led to the debut of the
four-row model in 1973, and the six-row
model in 1983.
KMC introduced the first two-row peanut combine in 1987, quickly leading to the
designs of both the four-row model in 1989,
and six-row model in 1993.
The demand for more innovative equipment saw the development of the first KMC
Unload-on-the-go Peanut Combine, the introduction of the KMC Dump Cart, and the
marketing of four- and six-row Flex Digger
Though widely recognized for peanut
harvesting equipment, KMC broke the mold
in 1974 releasing the KMC Ripper Bedder.
Then in 1979 it introduced the KMC Rip-Strip, which played a pivotal role in the inception of what is now termed no-till equipment. Several no-till implements were soon
to follow, including the KMC Rip-Roller.
In 1994, KMC recognized the need to ac-
commodate a thriving poultry market with
the introduction of the KMC Poultry House
Cleaner. Over the years this has grown into
a complete line of poultry equipment for ev-
ery phase of the cleanout process, including
the Poultry House Cleaner, the Wall Cleaner,
the Washer/Sprayer, and the latest addition
to their poultry line, the Litter Windrower.
Today, KMC remains a 100-percent employee owned company, with Lanier Carson
as CEO/Chairman of the Board and Bennie
Branch serving as President.
Reflecting back on the successes of the
company, Carson smiles at how KMC has
evolved into the business it is today.
But he says it wouldn’t be possible
without a strong team of employees, loyal
customers, and some help from up above.
“One thing is for certain — God has always
blessed us and has been on our side,” he says.
Kelley Mfg. celebrating 50th anniversary