A young Mechanical Engineer named Erv
Nutter was trying to build a manufacturing company. He was seeking ideas for
products that would lend themselves to his particular area
of expertise...the bending and forming of metal tubing.
decided to drive to Purdue University on an upcoming weekend to
hear Dr. G. N. Hoffer, a noted Agronomist
of that School. During the course
of Dr. Hoffer's talk, he emphasized the importance of soil sampling
to determine soil conditions and fertility prior to planting a
crop. Dr. Hoffer told the assembled group that he had a
fairly simple idea for a tubular soil sampler, but had not found
anyone interested in making it yet.
Following the seminar, Nutter approached Dr. Hoffer to discuss his
soil sampler concept with him. It was decided that Nutter
would go home and see what he could come up
with based on Dr. Hoffer's ideas.
What Dr. Hoffer and Erv Nutter came up with is
still pretty much the same soil sampling instrument manufactured today
by JBK Manufacturing and Development Company, near
Dayton. Over the years, JBK paid a small royalty to Dr. and Mrs. Hoffer,
for each soil sampler that was sold. Literally thousands
of the instruments have been shipped around the world to Universities,
Golf Courses, Agricultural ministries in foreign countries, farmers
and others involved in agriculture who recognize and believe in
the value and importance of soil sampling and testing.
JBK Manufactruing is proud to still be the sole source
for the Hoffer Soil Sampler...guaranteeing to you the same integrity
of design, material, workmanship and durability that our customers
have come to expect for fifty years.
JBK Manufacturing & Development