Perry Industries  
Key Employers - Osmundson Manufacturing
Osmundson Mfg. Co. was founded in 1903 by the late Henry Osmundson.

Henry Osmundson worked and started other businesses before coming to Perry and starting the present business. Henry and son, Howard, both worked at the plant and commuted by train from Slater to Perry daily.

Howard married Rose Elizabeth Crawford of Minburn, and they moved permanently to Perry. When Henry decided to sell the business, Howard and Rose paid him for half of it and Henry gave them the other half.

Howard and Rose had two children, Ruie Jean and Bonnie Lee, Bonnie Lee died before she was twenty-six. Donald Bruce married Ruie Jean and they lived in Waterloo, IA during World War II. Don served as a government inspector during the war. After the war, Don and Ruie returned to Perry. At this time Don began to work for Howard.
Under Don Bruce’s leadership, the company expanded into new products and grew in size through the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. The throw-away plowshare became a major item in the 1950’s that allowed the company to expand into the tillage tool market. The disc blade became a substantial part of the business in the early 1980’s, along with the plow share.

Today Osmundson Mfg. Co. is still family owned and run by fourth generation Douglas G. Bruce as President. The company has evolved from a small plant that dealt in the manufacturing of tiling spades and small tools to one of the nations most modern and high speed tillage tool companies.

Osmundson Mfg. Co. currently sells disc blades, plow shares, sweeps, spikes and other products to all states in this country, into Canada, Australia, and the far East. There are many patented Osmundson parts on original equipment that find there place around the world. Sales are through Farm and Fleet Stores, distributors and OEM’s.

The company has enjoyed growth through many U.S. and Foreign patents, along with innovative manufacturing designs. It has, over the years, afforded the farmer the opportunity of using the most up to date, “Made In America” ground engaging equipment available.

Due to increased production capability and more efficient machinery, a concentrated effort is being placed on expanding the market areas and new products.

On October 31, 2000 Osmundson Mfg. Co. purchased Agpoint Australia. The Company is a tillage tool manufacturing facility located in Freeling, South Australia. Agpoint Australia is a manufacturer of points, sweeps and chisels. Many of the tools manufactured by Agpoint are available with the Ag-tuff applications. This patented hard surfacing process is an advanced metal matrix composite and is revolutionizing the hard facing industry.

At the present time 75 people are employed at the 142,000 square feet facility that was built in 1974. As Osmundson Mfg. grows in the marketplace and farming techniques grow more complicated key personnel are encouraged to continue with education that allows them a broader knowledge of the workings of the industry as well as preparing for better job efficiency.
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