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Safe-Grain helps feed the world from new location

May 21, 2014

Data Technician Tony Musto, left, and Superintendent Dale Hunt hold up the Safe-Grain/Maxi-Tronic sign from their former plant in Waynesfield. The company moved to a larger facility in Wapakoneta in February. (Staff photo/Tom Wehrhahn)

The need for more space and the desire for easier highway access led Safe-Grain Inc. to make the move from Waynesfield to Wapakoneta earlier this year.

Safe-Grain, which manufactures aeration, temperature detection and dust control systems to the grain and feed industry, was founded in 1954 by Fred Yoder of Dayton. In 1975, Yoder established a service and manufacturing branch in Waynesfield.

Scott Chant bought Safe-Grain in 1984 and 10 years later, purchased MaxiTronic, Inc., a manufacturer of motion controllers, belt alignment and bearing monitors, PC-based monitoring systems and other material handling system controls and sensors.

Since 2011, Safe-Grain and MaxiTronic have been headquartered in Loveland.

“Temperature monitoring and detection is what we claim to do,” said Dale Hunt, superintendent of the Wapakoneta facility.

“We do not prevent fires,” Hunt said. “We do not alert to fires. We do alert to temperature deflections, either rising or falling, so if its so set up, the owners or operators can see if they have a trending temperature in a grain bin or in a bearing of a conveyor or an elevator — we can detect temperatures pretty much anywhere.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 21 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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