Hawkeye Steel Products, Inc is a manufacturer with three brand names, all with deep roots in American agriculture. Martin Lorenzen, a German foundryman, originated Pride of the Farm® in 1920 in Marshalltown, IA and then moved to Waterloo, IA in 1923. Brower® was founded by William Brower, in Quincy, IL in 1923. Pride of the Farm® and Brower® consolidated their manufacturing in Houghton, IA in 1985. In 1995, Span-Tech® fabric buildings were developed internally by Hawkeye Steel.
Brower® manufactures animal feeding and watering equipment with emphasis in the poultry market. Brower® also sells a unique line of equipment for small plant poultry processing. Brower® exports its equipment every year to Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Asia and Africa.
Span-Tech® fabric buildings are popular for storage of equipment, grain and hay and other materials, for equine riding arenas and for animal production including cattle feeding. Span-Tech® buildings are also popular for storage of corrosive materials such as fertilizer, salt, chemicals and composting animal wastes and mortalities. Open span widths up to 200 feet and more than 250 models are manufactured.
Pride of the Farm® feeds and waters hundreds of thousands of animals in the USA, Canada and Europe. Pride of the Farm® manufactures heated drinkers and energy free animal drinkers, hopper bottom feed tanks and confinement swine equipment. Customers include the very largest cattle feeding and hog production operators.
2. The company produced cast iron hand grenades in the 1950’s during the Korean Conflict. The HSP inscribed on the grenade stood for Hawkeye Steel Products.
3. Machining equipment from the 1940’s on display at a museum near Cedar Falls, Iowa.
4. Metal encased and insulated glass
thermos jugs were manufactured
between 1920 and 1923.
6. Capacity outdoor hog feeders
with cast iron troughs defined
Pride of the Farm for many years.
9. Capacity hog feeder hopper shells have been
re-purposed for chandeliers and for planter boxes.
11. Rangeley Farm (Joe Allen) promoted
Pride of the Farm drinkers throughout the state
of Nebraska with his Belgian draft horses.
17. Rendering of an early confinement building using Pride of the Farm 5 bushel rotary feeders, penline feeders and Model WM and Model WR drinkers.
Pride of the Farm rotary feeders and penline nursery feeders were used by the earliest confinement operations and integrators.
18. Model W15A Pig and Poultry Waterer.
This appeared in OUR IOWA magazine, August/September 2022 issue.
Pride of the Farm® manufactures equipment for animal production enterprises of all sizes. We have equipment which will take care of one animal. Our hopper bottom bins,
hog confinement equipment, mineral feeders and
drinkers are used by the world's largest cattle feeding,
hog production and cow calf operations.
Our feed storage bins are competitive with other manufacturers in design and pricing. We have significant competitive advantage with our Mini-Bins, available in 1.6 and 2.1 ton capacities.
Our MiniBins have the only spun steel cones offered.
We are proud of our manufacturing skill set on this one.
We start with a circle of flat steel 60 inches in diameter.
We spin it into a cone 57 inches in diameter and 31 inches deep.
Initiated in 1898, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the marketing organization and trade association for America's one million cattle farmers and ranchers. With offices in Denver and Washington, D.C., NCBA is a consumer-focused, producer-directed organization representing the largest segment of the nation's food and fiber industry.
The National Pork Producers Council, which consists of 42 affiliated state associations, is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, enhancing opportunities for the success of pork producers and other industry stakeholders by establishing the pork industry as a consistent and responsible supplier of high-quality pork to domestic and world markets.
Hawkeye Steel Products, Inc has been a very long time member and supporter of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). The organization brings together equipment and supply manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, animal health professionals, academia, regulators and most any entity serving animal agriculture. With focuses on animal care, animal health and food safety, NIAA provides information, education and solutions.