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In 1938, Clifford Wetzel, at age 21, began a small business building rubber-tired wagons, selling them in the mid-Michigan area. In 1940, the company built the first automatic potato seed cutter which would size and cut potatoes into various sizes at the rate of 100 pounds of potato seed/minute. Normally it would require 40 people to do this by hand in the same amount of time.

 

Thousands of these seed cutters were sold across the United States, Venezuela, Italy, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

 

According to the trade publication, The Vegetable Grower, their survey indicated this potato seed cutter had 42% of sales in the United States alone.

 

In 1946 a partnership with Leon Dilts, his brother-in-law, was formed and the company became known as Dilts-Wetzel Manufacturing Co. The company was incorporated in 1954, and continues today. Leon Dilts passed away unexpectedly in 1954, but Mr. Wetzel chose to continue the business in partnership with his sister.

 

The inventive mind and creativity of Clifford Wetzel has become well known and many have sought his counsel on anything mechanical.

 

He invented and designed machinery for his own use at his farm, known as Newark Gardens, in Ithaca, Michigan. In addition to the Dilts-Wetzel Potato Seed Cutter, he manufactured for sale the following farm equipment:

 

      A self-propelled vegetable harvester for potatoes, carrots, onions, red beets, parsnips, and radishes;

      A sod cutter;

      A weed-killing lawn roller;

      A semi-trailer dumper for unloading bulk vegetables;

      A potato digger;

      A saw dust burner for home heating; and

      Assisted in the design of commercial microwave equipment for an Ohio company.

 

Mr. Wetzel holds several U.S., Canadian, Japanese and Australian patents of machinery he's designed and built for himself, as well as selling to others globally through his businesses.

 

His newest patent, obtained two years ago, is currently in use for the dairy industry. This is the Dilts-Wetzel Soybean Roaster that is featured on this Web site.

 

Dilts-Wetzel Manufacturing Co.

2501 W. Washington Rd.

Ithaca, MI 48847

Phone: 989-763-0880 E-Mail: sales@diltswetzel.com



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