Toy farm equipment built to last


Would you like to buy a four door truck for $ 180? How about a semi-truck for $ 225? Maybe a trailer for $ 150? These prizes can’t be real, so you should know I’m just playing games with you.

Today we’ll meet an innovative Kansas company that has diversified their product line to include miniature trucks and farm equipment – toys that ship from coast to coast and beyond.

Larry and Teresa Goodwin own Goodwin Industries in Burns. One of the company’s product lines is Goodwin Miniatures.

Larry grew up near Burns. He worked with his father, Ron Goodwin, whom we introduced years ago. Ron produced a line of smokehouses for cooking meat.

“I learned the welder trade from my dad,” said Larry. While in high school, he attended Emporia School of Technology. Larry opened his own welding shop in Burns and made the smokehouses his father sold.

In 2006 Ron retired and sold the line for smokers. Larry’s business is now known as Goodwin Industries.

Goodwin Industries manufactures several products in addition to custom metalworking. They are now building another model of the family smoker. The company does a corn header sweep to go over a combine to help harvest the corn. “We do custom work for individuals and other businesses,” said Larry.

Larry and his wife have two sons and two daughters. Their boys, Dustin and Zac, work at the company.

In 2012, Zac was in college in Pratt and was home for the holidays. With free time, he went to the store and built miniature replicas of pens and corrals.

“We were doing shows on the farm where we were riding the smokers,” Larry said. “We brought in some of the miniatures and they sold very well,” he said. The Goodwins eventually added Goodwin Miniatures to their product line.

These miniatures are 1/16 scale handcrafted steel replicas of semi-trucks, vans, trailers and livestock work equipment. These are not cheap “Made in China” products. They are handcrafted in the workshop and powder coated to last.

These miniature models include the types of produce that can be found on a working Kansas farm. In addition to the trucks, there is a grain silo, flatbed trailer, ground loading trailer, gooseneck trailer, storage trailer, hay trailer, mixer bed, elevated loader, a cubic box and a bullet magazine.

For the breeder, there are breeding panels, a feeder, a water tank, a door frame, an aisle, a loading chute, a compression chute, a four-way connector and a loader. bullets. Items are sold individually or in sets. The panels actually connect so that they can be arranged in countless ways.

These are considered generational toys. They are built to last and can literally be passed down from generation to generation.

“A client told us he was at a wedding in Montana and the kids were playing with our toys from the previous three generations,” Larry said. “They are built to last. “

In fact, it has its own built-in test team. “I have three little boys, so we let them play with the toys first,” said Larry.

“They are my R&D department – it’s wreckage and destruction,” he said with a smile.

The Goodwin miniatures were shipped across the United States, including Alaska, from coast to coast and as far as Alberta, Canada. “It’s good to do something that brings joy to people,” said Larry.

Their peak period is September through December, when Larry and his wife bring these products to farm and craft shows before the holidays. “We’re getting a really good response from people who receive them,” Larry said.

It’s great to find this business in a rural community like Burns, which has 228 residents. Now it is rural.

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