Production of parts for the Wil-Rich Moldboard plow was started December 1, 1979 and the first plow rolled off the line the last week in January of 1980.

Pictured on page 207 is the crew that produced the first plow.  Pictured from left to right are: Robert Chapman, Al Boe - Plant Manager, Paul Bender, Mike Hoglund, Kenneth Gaden, Mervin Haugen, Stan Edland, Jr., Ken Schwartz, Bob Auren, Mel Schneider, Mike Torgerson, Tom Stockeland, Terry Short, Jim Lentsch, Richard Kuklok, Jon Clark, Wayne Reinhart, Henry Trondson, Ron McKee, Doug Gronneberg, Chuck DeHoff, Allura Jones, Secretary, Jim Smaaland, Gary Sorenson, Welding Foreman, Dean Ostenson, Jim Broten, Production Control Manager, Bill Rahlf, Fabrication Foreman.  Employees not pictured were Darrell and Robert Geiger.

Wil-Rich is a farm products manufacturing company.

The building was originally built by Ed Reiten in the fifties.  Reiten sold to Melroe Manufacturing, which was later sold to Clark Equipment.  The Cooperstown Melroe plant was closed and later the city became owner of the building, which is leased to Wil-Rich.

Source: Cooperstown, North Dakota 1882-1982 Centennial Page 224

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