TAFCO Equipment Company started as a partnership by three friends in 1963 when they purchased a small truck equipment company in Blue Earth, Minnesota. TAFCO was later incorporated in 1970.
TAFCO revolutionized the grain body industry with the frameless Scott Steel Grain Body. TAFCO also became the first company in the U.S. to make aluminum pickup running boards, dubbed “Silver Stirrups”.
By 1973, TAFCO’s steel grain bodies and truck accessories were so popular that TAFCO was in need of an additional manufacturing plant. Continued on by the success of grain bodies and truck accessories, TAFCO expanded once again in 1977. By 1978 and 1979, the farm body business was doing very well. At this time, Scott hydraulic hoists were designed, tested, manufactured and made available for our customers. Scott Level Lift Hoists are manufactured to accommodate all types of applications such as grain bodies, ensilage bodies, contractor bodies, landscaping bodies, dump trailers, gravel bodies, etc.
As the Scott product line expanded, Tafco’s production facilities also expanded to include three manufacturing plants and a warehouse, all located in the Blue Earth Industrial Park. The most recent expansion being an addition to Plant 2 to house manufacturing of Tafco’s Scott Level Lift hoist line. The ownership of the company also changed as Scott Ankeny Sr., along with his three sons, acquired 100% of the business.
In 1986, Tafco acquired a ventilating fan business. The fan product line subsequently was sold in the early 90's in order for Tafco to focus on truck bodies and hoists. In the early 2000s, Tafco introduced a popular 8’6” and 9’ aluminum body for installation on a one ton pickup chassis. Tafco had great success marketing this body to big box home improvement stores. 2017 saw the redesign of the fleet duty platform with a contour bulkhead and new skirt.
Tafco serves various industries throughout the United States and Canada with a full line of quality products. Scott bodies include a variety of steel and aluminum products: grain, bulk material, stake platform, contractor, landscaper, utility, chipper, and tear off. Rack sets, available in steel, poly, or aluminum, were designed for use with the stake platforms. The Scott Level Lift hoist line now has 10 models, ranging in size from class B to class L, plus 3 sub frame options.
In 2018, Tafco’s 55th year of business, the Ankeny brothers, Scott, Terry and Chris, sold the company to Lee Finley. Lee has ownership in several business ventures throughout the United States. Future plans are for Tafco Equipment Co’s continued growth; expanding its product lines with innovative ideas to accommodate customer demands while always manufacturing quality products.