Company-Wide Annual Safety Training

Each year K & S Millwrights conducts an annual safety training day. The 2018 Safety Day was Friday, February 23. While we meet every month for a tool box talk, which is often about safety measures, our annual safety day is a valuable opportunity to get all K & S employees together to focus on safety, offering reminders and learning opportunities.

2018 Safety Day

At the 2018 safety day we had a presenter join us from our insurance company, and Mary Beth Schaufler from Total Compliance Solutions-Waconia Manufacturing also joined the training day. Brad, Susan and Jon from K & S provided the rest of the training for staff.

Sampling of Safety Topics Covered

  • Employee Right to Know/Hazard Communication Standard
  • First Reports of Injury
  • Accident/Injury Investigation Analysis Forms
  • Near Misses – Job Hazard Analysis
  • 2018 AWAIR Program
  • Review of 2017 OSHA 300 log
  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Forklift Safety
  • Lock Out/Tag Out
  • Confined Space
  • Hot Works
  • Equipment Service Request Forms
  • Driver’s Health Tips
  • DOT Part 40 Summary of Changes
  • Adjustment of Conveyor Chains
  • Two-way installation and cabling

In addition to classroom training we also do practical testing on forklifts and we take time for DOT Health Card Physical Appointments. Plus, there are a few specialized trainings that we do throughout the year including CPR/First Aid/AED and Flatbed Cargo Securement and Pulling with a Pickup.

Annual Safety TrainingWhile the annual training day is for all employees we also have Certified Crane Operators and Certified Signaling and Rigging men. An outside company is hired for the classroom and practical testing at a different time for these applications that can provide national certification for safety compliance.

Safety is extremely important to K & S Millwrights. The safety of our employees and customers is a top priority. We keep it top of mind with ongoing training and high expectations. There are always challenges that we need to work through at job sites and everyone needs to make smart decisions and use proper precautions.

When you’re looking for grain bin installation, excavation or one of the main other services we offer contact us. Be assured safety is top priority.

Contact K & S today! 


K & S Annual Celebration and Awards

Each year K & S Millwrights plans an employee party to celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments. After working long, busy days through the fall harvest, it is nice to relax and have a fun night out!

K & S Celebration

The celebration this year was held in the beginning of February at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. All employees are invited to attend the event with their families, so a venue that is appealing to adults as well as children is important. The casino, the lagoon waterpark, a bowling alley, and arcade were perfect for all ages. Social hour, a delicious meal, and fun games and activities made for a great company-wide, family gathering.

Employee Awards

Each year at our annual event a few employees receive awards to acknowledge special accomplishments. The award-winners are determined by employee vote.

  • Most Improved Employee = Dustin Kindt
  • Cleanest Truck & Trailer = Ahron Krumrey & Crew
  • Most Organized Employee = Martin Holter
  • Most Organized Foreman = Ahron Krumrey

A little more about the award winners! Dustin Kindt started with K & S in June 2017. He has a great work ethic and takes initiative to learn and ask questions.

“He truly is an asset to our company; he is always on time, works hard, and goes the extra mile when needed. We are extremely happy to have him as part of our work family!“ – Susan Krumrey

The cleanest truck and trailer is a contest between a couple of the K & S crews every year! The award is presented to the foreman, but is really a crew effort. Congratulations Ahron and crew! Martin earned most organized employee. He’s worked with us at K & S for 10 years and is always willing to step in and get things done. Most organized foreman was awarded to Ahron again this year. He has received this award for several years and we are very proud of his abilities within the company. Ahron takes great pride in his work and putting the new construction project together.

Dedicated Years of Service Awards

Each year we also honor employees reaching 5-year milestone marks at K & S, and they receive a plaque thanking them for their years of work with our company.

5-Years of Service

  • Curt Wieweck

10-Years of Service

  • Martin Holter
  • Pat Fischer

2017 was a great year. This annual celebration provides an opportunity to reflect on the year and our amazing employees that we are so grateful to work with. We have a great crew of dedicated individuals and we couldn’t be more thankful!

Would you like to see the K & S crew in action? Contact K & S today and we’ll help you get your grain handling project started!

Winter Discounts Expiring Soon!

Now is your last chance to take advantage of winter discounts and get your grain handling and drying equipment at a discounted rate! Winter discounts expire at the end of February.

Winter Discounts ExpiringHave you considered updates to your drying equipment or adding a new grain bin? Contact K & S today and we’ll help you find the best product for your needs at the best price. Bins, dryers, legs and conveyors are your biggest discount opportunities. When we know what you’re looking for we can reach out to equipment distributors and schedule the project. Let’s work together and get your updates made before spring planting season starts!

Contact K & S Millwright’s Today

Contact Brad and the K & S by the end of February to get the most for your money with winter discounts! Give us a call, email your request, or stop in the office to discuss your ideas.

Office: 320-833-2228
Brad’s Cell: 320-979-9221

Contact K & S today for winter discounts!


10 Convenience Supplies You’ll Find at the K & S Hardware Store

The K & S Millwrights hardware store is available as a convenience to our customers and local community residents. Sometimes you’re in the middle of a project and need something quick. We’re here for you!

10 Convenience Products at K & S

  1. Sending a UPS package – we are a pickup location
  2. Electrical components – an outlet stops working or you’re in the middle of a wiring project and need more wire – we’ve got you covered.
  3. Oil – changing oil in your truck and you’re short a quart – stop in.
  4. Carpet Cleaner – spill something on your carpet. Rent a RugDoctor at K & S.
  5. Propane Tanks & Charcoal – grilling burgers and you run out of charcoal or propane – no worries.
  6. Paint – need to do some paint touch-ups – we carry Valspar Paint and Cabot Stain and we offer color matching!
  7. Plumbing products – if you are having a plumbing issue we know it may be an emergency repair – we’ve got you covered.
  8. Batteries – when your car won’t start it may be difficult to drive to another town to purchase a new battery – stop in.
  9. Hunting & fishing supplies – you’re heading out for a few hours and need a new fishing hook – check our selection.
  10. Tools, bolts, screws, nails – you’re in the middle of fixing something and a tool breaks or you don’t have the proper bolt, screw or nail – we have a variety of options for you. 

Stop at the K & S Hardware Store and we’ll help you!

Hardware Store Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8am – noon

We’ll see you soon! Contact us if you have any questions.


Find K&S at Multiple 2018 Industry Trade Shows

The first 2018 trade show for K&S Millwrights is right around the corner. On January 14-15 you’ll find K&S in Fargo, ND at the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association show. Shows are a great time to see the newest Tradeshowproducts and to take the time to talk with us about your business and ours. In a relaxed setting, get ideas and see what we have to offer you for products, services, and solutions for your individual set ups. If you’re looking at making a change to your grain storage system you might enjoy visiting us at one of these shows.

We have five different shows planned for the year across Minnesota, and our first show is in North Dakota.

Visit K&S at one of the 2018 farm industry shows:

You’ll find more information on our trade show page. Check it out for details!

Add these shows to your calendar and visit the K & S Millwrights booth. We’d be happy to see you! If you can’t make it to a show but have questions, send us a message at or give us a call at 320-833-2228.

Happy Holidays from K & S Millwrights

We’d like to wish all our valued customers, employees, friends, neighbors, and vendors a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for making 2017 a wonderful year!

Happy Holidays from K & S Millwrights
To allow K & S employees time to celebrate the holidays, we will be closed the following days:

  • Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Monday, December 25, 2017
  • Saturday, December 30, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018

We’ll reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, December 26th and January 2nd.

Enjoy the holiday season!

Harvest Ends – Winter Discounts Begin – It’s That Quick!

As the fall harvest wraps up, we are thankful for the bountiful harvest and patronage of our valued customers. With the harvest fresh in our minds, we quickly look ahead to the future. Winter Discounts are in place now to help you make the improvements you need to your grain handling and drying equipment, at a discounted rate.

Improvement Opportunities

Winter Discounts 2017 - 2018What do you wish worked more smoothly this past fall? Were your trucks waiting, did you pile corn on the ground, do you need another bin? Are you sick of cleaning your screens, want to upgrade or add a dryer? Or maybe your legs and conveyors couldn’t keep up with your capacity. K & S Millwrights can help!

Financially, now is the best time to implement these changes! Save big money and get on the top of our spring project list. Discounts are at their highest point now and they decline every month over the winter. Sioux Steel Bins, NECO Dryers, and Legs and Conveyors are common winter discount products. We work with the manufacturers to offer you the best product at the most effective price for your operation.

Act Now!

Contact K & S today for a free quote. Let us know what you need, and we’ll find a solution! Get your ideal operation setup while taking the most offered through the winter discount programs on grain handling and drying equipment.

Call today!

Office: 320-833-2228
Brad’s Cell: 320-979-9221
Ahron’s Cell: 320-583-0641

Giving Thanks in November for Veterans and More

November is a month of Thanksgiving. It is a large reminder to give thanks to our Lord for the abundance he provides, our bountiful harvest and also to our family, friends, business associates, and more. This November we’re giving extra thanks for our veterans.

On Wednesday, November 15th a “Saluting Community Heroes” fundraising event is being held at the Crow River Winery in Hutchinson. K & S Millwrights is one of many sponsors for the event that has a goal of not only raising awareness, but raising $50,000 to go directly to the programs and services provided to the veterans by the American Legion Post 96, the Disabled Veterans Association, McLeod County Veterans Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. We’d love to see it be a huge success for those that have given so much for our freedom! What an honor it will be to celebrate our local heroes, we hope you will take the time to show your appreciate for all they have given for us!

Saluting Community Heroes

Saluting Community Heroes Event

Crow River Winery
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5pm Social and cocktails
6pm Dinner and program

Guest Speaker and Tickets

Guest speaker for the evening is Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.  He will share is story of readiness, resilience, responsibility and service at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Yantis was assigned to the Army staff as a media spokesman on duty that historic day and was decorated for his actions.

The event is being organized by Shad Ketcher of New Era Financial.  As a veteran himself, Shad has a connection with the cause.  Tickets are available for $75 each.  For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact Lisa Chernick at 320-533-3151 or

We hope to see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Happy Thanksgiving from K & SWe would also like to wish all our customers, friends, and family a Happy Thanksgiving.  To allow our employees to enjoy the day with family, K & S Millwrights will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  We’ll resume normal hours on Friday to support our customers who may still be wrapping up their fall harvest work. 

As we pass through Thanksgiving and onto Christmas, please keep in mind that a Gift Certificate from the Hardware Store would make a very nice Christmas gift!

Thank you for being a part of K & S Millwrights, we truly appreciate your patronage and friendships we have made along the way!

Fall Corn and Soybean Harvest Challenges and Success in Minnesota

The 2017 corn and soybean harvest in Minnesota is progressing with some farmers having better luck than others. Harvest is in full-swing, with farmers doing what they can around the weather.

Fall Corn HarvestMany areas of Minnesota are dealing with wet ground conditions which makes the harvest a bit of a challenge. Getting the large equipment in and out of the fields without getting stuck takes creativity in some areas. The growing season was cooperative in most parts of the state. Harvest time delivered large amounts of rain and more recently snow, ice and excessive wind.

Harvest Results

When the weather cooperates and allows corn and soybean harvesting to happen the results are decent, which many farmers are thankful for. While some farmers could get a good start on soybeans early on, many areas of Minnesota and the Midwest have been impacted by the uncooperative weather. This makes the overall harvest go slower than expected.

Keep plugging on farmers! This time of year always seems to be full of surprises. And remember, if you need any parts or service on your grain and/or drying equipment, K & S Millwrights offers 24-hour service. Harvest time is very important to the success of your operation. We’re praying for pleasant weather, and a safe harvest season for all!

No matter what time of day, we are glad to be of service to you!

Give us a call at 320-833-2228 or 320-979-9221 for your 24-hour service needs!

Local FFA Chapter Awarded $25,000 Grant

The local Buffalo Lake-Hector-Steward (BLHS) FFA chapter was just awarded a $25,000 grant from Monsanto’s “Grow Rural Education Fund.” The grant will be used to construct an 18’ x 36’ greenhouse for the school.

Jill Grams, BLHS FFA advisor, applied for the grant and 22 area farmers nominated them to receive it. What a great amount of teamwork and support shown by our community for our children and their agriculture education!

We are so excited to be one of six school recipients in Minnesota to receive this award! A HUGE thank you goes out to the local farmers who nominated our school in this process.
– Jill Grams, BLHS FFA Advisor

Learn more about the grant and greenhouse project on the school website.

Exciting Upcoming FFA Activities

Corn Drive

Each fall the FFA (Future Farmers of America) Chapter organizes their yearly Corn Drive at harvest time to gather donations to support community and philanthropy. FFA members will be out and about on October 18th from 8 am to 3 pm searching for Corn Drive contributions.

FFA EmblemLearn more about the details of the corn drives and how their contributions are used.

FFA National Convention

October is a busy month for FFA Members. The National FFA Convention is at the end of the month. The BLHS chapter has nine students attending convention October 24-28 in Indianapolis, IN. Students will listen to speakers, attend workshops and concerts, network with other students with similar interest and goals. It is a rewarding and exciting adventure or attendees. We wish the attendees a productive convention experience!

Our local FFA chapter is doing great things. K & S Millwrights enjoys seeing the energy and future of the agriculture industry in our community and are proud to support their endeavors.

Learn about the success of last year’s FFA Corn Drive.