MOORESVILLE, Ind. — An Indiana company manufactures sprayers
that are used on farms across the world.
Equipment Technologies, maker of Apache sprayers, has a
168,000-square-foot headquarters in Mooresville.
“We don’t make all the parts, but we assemble them here,”
said Steve Leer, Apache spokesman. “We buy many of the parts from Indiana
companies. The booms come from Lafayette; the yellow handles come from
The company opened its doors in Indianapolis in 1997. Three
years later it moved southwest to Mooresville.
As sprayer demand increased the factory began busting at the
seams. An additional building was added to accommodate the growing company.
“A big part of our business is spare parts and taking care
of the machinery, so we needed a warehouse,” Leer said. “We also do a lot of
training on how to drive it, run it and to train dealers. We bring them here for
There are five models of Apache sprayers. They vary to suit
farms with unique needs.
A small farmer may want a 750-gallon tank with an 80-foot
boom, said Jeremy Hurt, senior application manager.
A farmer with a large operation may want a 1,200-gallon tank
with a 132-foot boom.
“The Apache idea from the start was to have mechanical
drive,” Hurt said. “It’s a rugged, reliable, simple model. A farmer or dealer
can easily work on it.
“The machine has changed. It’s bigger and has more
horsepower, after listening to our customer’s needs. We’re making it easier for
farmers to operate these machines and do a better job spraying.”
Self-propelled sprayers such as the Apache are faster and
more efficient than other models, Hurt said.
Because Apache is lightweight, there’s less soil compaction,
The 2015 line of sprayers launched this summer featured a
re-designed cab. The focus was on comfort, including automatic climate control
and ergonomic seats.
The 2016 model will be built to meet new emission standards.
“We had a recent customer survey about what people like
about Apache,” Leer said. “There were two things that stood out. The simplicity
of the construction and the lightweight. The lighter the machine, the less
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