Greetings. This has been a difficult season for many ginning operations. Excessive rains and bad conditions in the field have caused the gin plants to face high moisture situations that left them with wet soft seed. A ginning nightmare. We hope this will not occur anytime soon in the near future. We need the upcoming ginning season to be more cooperative weather wise to compensate for this big mess this year.
Vandergriff Gin Ribs are in a bit of a transition. We have changed forging suppliers. This is causing us to develop new tooling. This is expensive. This is not an investment Loyd wanted to make at this stage of his career. Given this, he has made a deal with his partner, Chris Nachtmann. Chris will make this investment in the new tooling development and the new tooling required to get forgings made, and ultimately ribs machined at his plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, CNC Performance Engineering. All the Vandergriff Rib business will now run through their operation from taking orders to billing. Understand that CNC Performance has been involved with The Vandergriff Rib from the start. (24 years) Nothing will change in terms of the quality of this rib. We will start with Continental Game Changer tooling and forgings first, and should have our first ribs rolling out by late spring. During this time, we will be developing the Lummus Tooling and should have ribs by early summer. I will remain actively involved with Vandergriff Ribs, but you can call Chris Nachtmann or Tammy Rogero at CNC to get on waiting lists and ask any questions you might have. (704)- 599-2555. Don't hesitate to call me with questions or concerns. We already have waiting lists started for both Continental and Lummus ribs. We will begin to look at ribs for Consolidated Gin Stands after we get the Lummus ribs up and running. Ultimately, we will have all 3 varieties of ribs running smoothly, along with wearplates. Also understand that The Vandergriff Rib for Lummus gin stands fits Cherokee Stands as well, and we can make the narrower model of rib for both of these stands. We were the pioneer in going "narrower," to begin with. We also offer a carbide option. This carbide is a special blend formulated for ginning applications and is USA Carbide, simply the best.
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