Thunder Creek News

Best practices and industry news for those who maintain off-road machinery.

LDJ Manufacturing, Inc. Transitions to 100 Percent Employee Ownership

Pella, IA — LDJ Manufacturing, Inc. — manufacturer of growing agricultural and construction brand Thunder Creek Equipment — has transitioned 100 percent of its ownership to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). While the business will continue to operate as it is today with existing leadership, the transition to an ESOP provides an opportunity for the employees to be more invested in the success of the company and rewards team members with additional long-term retirement benefits.

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USDA Officials Tour New Thunder Creek Equipment Expansion at Iowa Manufacturing Plant

Pella, IA – Thunder Creek Equipment and its parent company LDJ Manufacturing, Inc. were honored to host officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at its newly expanded manufacturing plant in Pella, Iowa on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. The company added more than 25,000 square feet of new manufacturing space to handle growth in demand for its products in the construction and agricultural sectors — made possible by a $1.5 million loan through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG) and the Pella Cooperative Electric Association (PCEA).

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Solution to Fueling Challenges

This article originally appeared in Modern Contractor Solutions, July 2019

Colorado Milling resurfacing Denver Metro with attention to fueling efficiency

When Chris Vorhies started Colorado Milling, LLC in 2016, he had a vision of executing asphalt milling jobs along the entirety of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. With more than 50 years of experience between himself and his team, Vorhies strove to become a growing force in the redevelopment of roads, highways, parking lots, and asphalt surfaces along the I-25 corridor.

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Vaughan Equipment Named Official Thunder Creek Equipment Dealer

Thunder Creek Equipment and Vaughan Equipment today officially announced the Fairfield, Illinois-based heavy equipment dealer will be an official Thunder Creek distributor, serving the agricultural, construction, tractor/trailer, marine and oil field industries in southern Illinois and Indiana, as well as western Kentucky.

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Soil Designs Turns to Thunder Creek Multi-Tank Trailers to Keep Upscale California Residential Projects Moving

By Jeremy Scott, territory sales manager, Thunder Creek Equipment

Soil Designs Inc. is a fourth-generation, family-owned contractor that develops custom pads for luxury homes in southern California. The company’s projects range from $5 million to $100 million homes, which require precision grading services including rough and finished grading, utility work, pool footings, and placing landscape elements like trees and boulders.

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Award-Winning Innovation

Thunder Creek is built on innovation. For a decade, we have sought to serve those who operate heavy equipment by improving the way they manage fuel and fluids. 2018 was no exception, and several industry leading publications took notice.

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An Extreme (and Violent) Display of Quality

The crash of a stolen mini van near your farm during soybean harvest would be enough of a tale for one day — but that’s not where Mark Lehenbauer’s day would end. The driver of the van, alleged to have been under the influence, then chose Lehenbauer’s truck connected to a Thunder Creek FST990 fuel trailer as their getaway vehicle.

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Is Your Trailer Ready for Harvest?

Thunder Creek trailers keep harvesting equipment on the move by reduce the downtime associated with refueling, filling DEF and servicing equipment in the field. With harvest just around the corner, now is a great time to make sure your trailer is running in top shape when you'll need it the most.

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Farm Progress Show 2018

We are busy packing up for the nation’s largest outdoor farm event. We’re bringing a one-of-a-kind FST Series Trailer with us, along with our best deals, giveaways and even hosting a special guest.

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Upcoming Ag Events

In the coming months, we'll be loading up the latest Thunder Creek fuel trailers and DEF handling systems (along with some pretty good promotions and give-aways) to travel the Midwest. We'll meet with our agricultural friends at several trade shows as well as Beck's events.

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Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2018

The first of our late summer / early fall ag shows is this week (July 10 - 12) in Marshfield, WI. We'll be offering specials on our most popular fuel trailers at this show and several more in the coming weeks.

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The Value of Time

Matt Pence talks about the Thunder Creek FST990 and how it gives him more time in a day to get crops in during tight planting windows.

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Happy Fourth of July

You work the ground. You're up with the dawn and work long into the night. Dirty knuckles and sweat on your brow. We pause this Independence Day to share this video to say thank you for all you do - day in and day out - to build this great nation.

God bless you and God bless America.

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Last Call for Free Jack Upgrade or Cash Rebate

There are only four days left to take advantage of savings on our most popular trailers. Get a free electric/hydraulic jack upgrade or $900 cash rebate on qualified FST Series Trailers, Multi-Tank (No HAZMAT) Trailers and Service & Lube Trailers.

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Do I Need a CDL or HAZMAT? [Infographic]

It's common knowledge that a HAZMAT endorsement is required when hauling more than 119 gallons of diesel. Many also understand that agricultural operations are usually exempt from this requirement. But there are circumstances when ag operators do, in fact, need a HAZMAT. And there are scenarios when non-ag operations can haul bulk diesel without a HAZMAT.

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More Than Tractors

We just had an opportunity to put a trailer into service for a cusotmer that is a bit outside our usual customer profile - those who own and operate off-road machinery. This is more of an "above-the-road" application.

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It's What's Inside That Counts

Take a look at two tank cutaways - one from a Thunder Creek trailer and one from a competitive brand - and see one of the unique fabrication techniques that makes Thunder Creek trailers stand up to the rigors of the road.

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What DEF Isn't... (Part 2)

DEF is not… blue.

Many companies that manufacture DEF or DEF handling equipment use the medium-blue color to distinguish their products for use with DEF, but the fluid itself is clear.

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What DEF Is... (Part 1)

DEF is… a precise blend.

It’s 32.5% highly pure, automotive grade urea and 67.5% de-ionized water. The ISO 22241 Standard defines the clear-cut manufacturing process of DEF, along with proper handling and storing practices.

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Light Tower Winner Announced

Congratulations to Andy Morehouse of Tallula, IL, who won the free Thunder Creek WorkSight Light Tower that we were taking entries for at all of our Spring farm shows! Congrats Andy!

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More Than Diesel

Last month, we traveled to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville where we talked to owners of Thunder Creek trailers and DEF totes. We asked how it was making an impact for their operations.

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How to Winterize a DEF System

DEF freezes at 12°F (-11°C). When it freezes, it expands by approximately 7%. This can cause damage to your Thunder Creek DEF tank and pumping system. Here's the steps to winterize the DEF system on your Thunder Creek fuel and service trailer.

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Don't Let DEF Freeze!

Getting your Thunder Creek trailer or DEF tote ready for winter is easy. DEF freezes at 12° F (-11° C). If that occurs, you risk rupturing the DEF tank and damaging the hose and coupler as well.

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Two Days

When Brian, who farms in Central Illinois, began using his Thunder Creek trailer earlier this year, he was impressed with how efficient his planting season went.

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What's Your Return On Investment?

The first step to understanding the value that a Thunder Creek fuel and service trailer would bring to your operation is to assess how much time it will save. We've put together this simple calculator so you can figure how traveling faster and fueling faster will pay out for you this fall.

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Handling Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Now that the EPA’s final tier of emissions standards for diesel engines has come into effect, handling diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is a reality in the daily maintenance of off-road machinery. Click the sections on the right for all the information you need to know.

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There's Only One

At Thunder Creek, we strive for innovation. To bring new ideas and solutions to the field. To make a meaningful difference in your operation. Check out how Thunder Creek does this, like no one else can:

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Owners: "Thunder Creek Is Best"

Just because a fuel trailer looks like Thunder Creek, doesn't mean it is. In this short video, hear from some of the owners we talked to recently, about how their Thunder Creek trailer impacts their operation.

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Three Year Warranty

Thunder Creek is by far best in class when it comes to design and manufacturing. So it makes sense that we would stand behind our trailers in the same way.

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Light Up The Night

You're up long before the sun. When it sets, the work goes on.

The new WorkSight Light Tower illuminates up to 75' of work area, which makes fixing a piece of equipment or refueling in the dark much easier.

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2-in-1 DEF Pump In Action

Starting in 2014, every manufacturer of diesel engines in the 74-750 hp category will be using a technology called Selective Catalytic Reduction as part of their strategy to meet the final emissions standards set forth by the EPA. This technology uses a fluid called diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

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What's your payback on a Thunder Creek trailer?

As the old saying goes - time is money. Calculating the value that a Thunder Creek fuel and service trailer would bring to your operation is best done by determining the amount of time it could save you. Enter the information as it pertains to your operation in this calculator to see how much time you can save.

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The Side-By-Side Test Drive

We often talk about how Thunder Creek trailers travel smoother than any others on the road. Especially homemade trailers with round tanks. But words only go so far, so we put together thisvideo so you can see for yourself.

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DEF is Different

Diesel Exhaust Fluid is not like other fluids. It's highly susceptible to contamination, so you can't just put it in any old container and take it out to the field. Contaminated DEF can slow down - or even stop - your operation at critical times.

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How It All Began

Thunder Creek Equipment has deep roots in production agriculture.

For decades, Loren and Jean Van Wyk provided for their growing family by farming in south central Iowa.In the mid 90’s, when faced with the decision to “get big or get out” of livestock, Loren put his farm shop to work and started LDJ Manufacturing to supplement the family’s farming income.

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Second To None

“This trailer is a need, not a want.”

“I wasted so much time before I had this trailer. I did the math and it’s saved me enough hours to give me a whole extra day in the field.”

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"I Can't Imagine Farming Without This Trailer"

One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling with Thunder Creek is meeting the people who have one of our trailers and hearing firsthand how it makes their lives easier. Case in point: Garland Antrim with Antrim Farms in Indiana. I had the pleasure of meeting this lively man at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this year.

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DEF and the ISO 22241 Standard

Thunder Creek Equipment’s DEF delivery solutions meet the ISO 22241 standard for transporting and storing diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).  They are designed and constructed in a way to protect the integrity of both the fluid and the machinery’s SCR system.

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