Recent Development Projects
Total Ag Industries
Pat Muller started farming more than 30 years ago on his family farm outside of Hillsboro, North Dakota, growing primarily small grains, corn, and beans. Muller, along with Dan Linden, started setting up equipment for local agricultural implement dealerships and Wahpeton, ND-based Wil-Rich® Manufacturing in 1997…Total Ag Industries was born.
Farmers started wanting fertilizer kits for their planters, so Total Ag Industries started installing fertilizer systems. Bauer Built Manufacturing in Paton, Iowa wanted fertilizer systems installed on their planters, so Total Ag Industries designed the Bauer Mainframe Drive System for them. And when farmers wanted to install fertilizer systems on their planters, it was Total Ag Industries, again, who designed, developed, and manufactured their own custom built hydraulic driver fertilizer system.
What started in Muller’s farm shop has grown to an unprecedented scale in Hillsboro, with a $2.75 million, state-of-the-art factory on the west side of I-29. Muller’s 52,500 square foot “dream shop” includes an assembly area, cold storage, seven offices, a parts department, research and development department, and a board room. And Muller still farms and sells seed.
“Hillsboro has been very good to us,” says Muller. “This is my hometown and it’s great to be able to grow my business here!”
Our Town Bakery
What would a cup of coffee away be without a yummy pastry to go with it? Fortunately, Hillsboro has both at Our Town Bakery! This quaint downtown eatery is rustic and friendly and provides a touch of home.
Amanda Johnson moved to Hillsboro when her husband Joe became the senior pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. As a trained pastry chef, Amanda had dreamed of starting a bakery one day and when the former Johnson Store building came up for sale in 2011, she knew it was meant to be.
She and Joe spend most nights and weekends for a little more than a year, working to get the bakery open. They did much of the construction work themselves and hired local contractors for the bigger jobs. They also had help from one of the local banks to fund Amanda’s dream.
“Hillsboro has really embraced Our Town Bakery,” comments Amanda. “We actually came up with the name Our Town Bakery from all the things people in Hillsboro did to save this building and help get the bakery open. It’s great to have all this support in from our community.”
The Main Discovery
When Teran Harmon became a mom in 2008, she became keenly aware of two things: your life is not your own anymore and there was a serious lack of childcare in Hillsboro. As her family grew in number and age, she became an advocate for promoting the idea that availability of childcare was crucial to economic development.
Then in 2012, she decided she needed to do something about the situation. She bought building, renovated it, and turned it into The Main Discovery Creative Education Center. The response has been positive, to say the least.
Designed with children in mind, The Main Discovery is a child’s natural wonderland. It has bug-themed rooms, a big tree, and there’s even some grass painted on the walls. The Main Discovery has capacity of 36 children from infant to five-years-old and Discovery Summer Camp can accommodate children up to 6th grade.
“The community of Hillsboro has been so supportive of The Main Discovery,” remarks Harmon. “With so many new, young families moving to town, I’m glad to provide this service to keep Hillsboro growing!”