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KSI Conveyors
www.ksiconveyors.com / HQ: Sabetha, Kan. / Employees: 120 / Specialty: Seed-handling
equipment / Paul Kaeb, co-founder and CEO: "We are more than a conveyor company."

Midwest

Innovation in Motion

ksi conveyors continues to find solutions to its customers'
seed- and grain-handling challenges. by jim harris

ksi conveyors move seed and
grain across north america,
asia, europe and africa.

For farmers and others in the
agriculture industry, a bag of seed
represents a significant investment.
Like all businesses, agricultural companies need to ensure this investment is protected and continues to
yield dividends.
Since its founding in 2001, KSI Conveyors has helped agriculture industry leaders and growers get the most
out of every single seed they plant. "A
lot of people look to us to help them
solve their problems, as they know
that every seed has to grow, and every
seed is seen as value-added," says Paul
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Kaeb, co-founder and CEO of the Sabetha, Kan.-based Company.
Kaeb and three brothers started
the company after one of his siblings,
Todd, was asked by a client to develop
a way to handle 50 or more pounds of
seed in bulk. Todd Kaeb at the time
worked for a company that specialized in grain storage systems including grain bins and augers.
"Augers have the tendency to damage and break up seeds," Paul Kaeb
says. "[Todd] was asked to build a bulk
seed facility, and knew he would have
to use a conveyor to do that, but no

conveyor existed at the time that could
effectively move this sort of product
without damaging the goods."
In response to this challenge, Todd
Kaeb developed and patented a cleated belt conveyor capable of moving
seed at a steeper angle than augers
while not damaging the seed. After
initially questioning whether to sell
the idea for the device to another
manufacturer, the Kaeb brothers
opted to develop and market it themselves. Paul Kaeb, KSI Conveyors' first
official employee, says he applied his
management experience from his pre-


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