Our story begins in a little community east
of Bend, appropriately named Alfalfa.
Working his central Oregon
alfalfa farm, Henry Lewis knew there
had to be a better way to move hay than a
pair of hay hooks and an elevator. So in 1977,
Henry set out to develop a bale handling system
that would complement the automatic bale wagon.
the succeeding months, Henry's
Bale Handler made
the job of moving bales from the bale wagon
stack to the truck an easy one man operation.
One major improvement was the rotating turret
that allowed him
to retrieve bales from the end of the stack
or from the side of the stack and then place
the bales crosswise onto the truck bed.
A neighbor saw the machine working and had
to have one. Then, a local tractor dealer
saw one; then a wholesale distributor. Soon,
Henry founded Lewco Mfg.,
Inc. to build "The
Bale Handler" and
keep up with the growing demand.
the next twenty-seven years, Henry made many
improvements, increasing the durability and
longevity of The Bale Handler.
original 8 bale design was just the first
of fifteen models including fixed, rotating,
high lift and big bale configurations. The
dealer network continued to expand accross
the United States and into Canada.
2007, when Henry was ready to retire, he sold
his product line to fellow Oregonian David
Steffen. Since then, The Bale
Handler products have been built
in the Willamette Valley as a division of