The company continued to grow. Growth required that the organization be flexible and expand its customer base. Crary Company has manufactured multiple products for a variety of different industries. In addition to the sunflower and bean harvesting aids came cutting attachments for combines and swathers, and high-pressure fans. A line of outdoor power equipment: snowblowers, chipper-shredders and composters was added, and the Bear Cat line of Outdoor Power Equipment was born. Custom job shop projects were taken on: fireplaces, exercise equipment, etc.
After a number of consecutive years of growth, the Company was sold to an investment firm in 1999 whose strategy was to facilitate growth through acquisitions. Crary Company became part of a group of other manufacturers under the corporate name of TerraMarc Industries. The other manufacturers all specialized in Potato planting, harvesting, and handling equipment, and the combination made TerraMarc the leading Potato Equipment manufacturer in North America. One of those companies was Lockwood, with a manufacturing legacy dating back to 1931. Based in Nebraska in outdated facilities, the decision was made to double the size of Crary Company to 200,000 square feet and move the Lockwood product line to West Fargo in 2001. In the years since, the company was able to stabilize it's market share as one of two dominant domestic manufacturers of Potato equipment and penetrate new international markets.
Greeting The Future
Two of the Potato Companies: Mayo Mfg and Harriston Industries were re-sold in 2005 to their employees, setting the stage for the sale of the Crary Company to ECHO Incorporated of Lake Zurich, IL and creating a new company named Crary Industries. ECHO's focus on hand held power equipment, and it's strong distribution channels were a natural compliment to the Bear Cat line of Chipper-Shredders. With the development of sales channels for the Power Equipment, Crary continues to make quality products for the agricultural market, and also Potato Planters and Harvesters under the Lockwood Brand.
Throughout it's history, the company's focus on customers and its flexibility and ability to diversify has resulted in continued growth and recognition in it's community, and the markets served.