H&S Manufacturing Co. Inc. was founded by Mr. Lauri Heikenen and two partners in 1967. In the years that followed, Heikenen bought out the original partners and H&S remains a family-owned business. The business was started to manufacture and sell self-unloading forage boxes to farm equipment dealers. The original manufacturing facility was a 50′ x 100′ block building with a very small office located on 5 acres in the then-new Marshfield Industrial Park.
Over its history, H&S has experienced steady expansion of facilities, products and markets. The original 5,000-square-foot manufacturing plant has grown to 220,000 square feet on 56 acres in Marshfield and Clintonville, WI, and Ripley, NY.
From its beginning, the dairy farm industry has always been H&S’s most important market. In 1968, there were 14 manufacturers making forage boxes for the dairy industry, though today just a handful exist. In 1968, H&S was the newest manufacturer of that group, while today H&S sets the standard for the industry and dominates the market with forage boxes from 17′ to 40′ in size.