I hope everyone had a good 4th. We are now on the downhill side of summer much to the chagrin of some cotton gin manufacturers that have deadlines to meet. :) We are now finishing up running Vandy Ribs for Lummus Gin Stands and they will be shipping out soon. Then, we will make one more run of our Game Changer Rib for Continental Gin Stands. Once this run is complete, that will be it. There are people on a waiting list who will get their ribs from this run, and we will have a few sets still left to sell, but we will be stocking spares for this upcoming season in the USA and will not sell them to fill orders that come in way too late.
On a different subject, I finally found a letter from Don Van Doorn of Lummus Corporation written to my dad in 2003. I had really given up on ever finding it, but when I was cleaning out an old briefcase, there it was. I am not sure many of "this generation," know the contributions my father made to Lummus during his tenure there as chief engineer and Executive Vice President. I think Mr. Van Doorn makes this pretty clear in this letter. If you are fortunate enough to have a copy of his book, "Ginning Cotton, An Entrepreneur's Story," read Chapter 3. Vandergriff at Lummus. It will further enlighten you as to his many contributions there. This chapter of Lummus history is one they need not shy away from any longer.
Vandy at Lummus. Gin Stand modifications to get an increase in capacities. Product line overhaul to get plants to handle increased trash from machined picked cotton. His designs made cotton ginned on Lummus plants the favorite of all textile mills. Notice the logo on the gin stand. Lummus has gone back to this today.
I hope the summer is going well and the weather has not been too damaging to any of your cotton planting. We have been running ribs hard since right after the first of the year. We have run 4,000 Continental Game Changer Ribs and already shipped them all out. We will make one more run to fill the remaining customer orders, and also allow us to stock spares. There will be a cut-off point where we will not sell anymore sets of ribs to allow us to stock spares for the upcoming season. Don't get caught by this, get your order in. We are now running Lummus Ribs. We are looking at about 2 weeks before they will be completed and shipped. Lots of interest was shown in our Rib for Consolidated Gin stands, but not enough actual orders for us to develop the new tooling. If you want Vandergriff Ribs for Consolidated Gin Stands, you need to call in and order. This rib WILL improve the performance of your gin stand in many areas.
This season, we will be stocking spare ribs so we won't get into the difficult position we were in last season. This was all due to our forging supplier getting hurt and ultimately retiring. We had to find a place to work with to get new tooling made, and we did. So last year's problem will not come back around again.
Hope you have had a great summer and have been able to relax a little and maybe even travel. I hope the weather has not hit you hard where you reside and work.
Many ask about my song "King Cotton." This song is about the planting, harvesting and ginning of cotton, but ultimately its about my Father, A.L Vandergriff. I am putting a link where you can get the download, right into your phone.
King Cotton. Words and Music by Loyd Vandergriff
Loyd personally writes the blogs and provides updates on what is going on with Vandy Inc and the industry in general.