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Valmont Acquires Majority Stake in Torrent Engineering & Equipment

Valley, Neb. (Feb. 8, 2018) – Valmont® Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and mechanized irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, recently announced that it has acquired a majority interest in Indiana-based Torrent Engineering & Equipment (www.torrentee.com).

Founded in 2001, Torrent designs and delivers high-pressure water and compressed air process systems around the world. Their new 25,000-square-foot facility in Warsaw, Indiana, allows for turn-key fabrication and efficient on-site deployments. Torrent founders Joe Cousins and Mark Meadows will continue to lead Torrent as Co-Presidents.

“Irrigation systems are becoming increasingly complex, and we look forward to being part of those solutions,” says Meadows.

Torrent’s design and engineering experience includes large, complex pumping systems, and they serve the snow making, irrigation, municipal and mining sectors. Some of their recent highprofile projects have included deploying artificial snow for the last three Winter Olympics, including the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and for world-renowned ski resorts.

“The ability to join the world leader in irrigation is a great opportunity for our company,” says Cousins.

“Torrent’s forward-thinking, responsible philosophy aligns with Valmont’s own culture and values,” says Len Adams, President of Valley Irrigation. “We share a commitment to delivering excellent results worldwide.”


North Carolina Farmer Wins Irrigation Technology and Getaway from Valley Irrigation

Valley, Nebraska (2/15/2018) – Valley® Irrigation is pleased to announce that Sam Walton of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, is the winner of the recent Valley “Work to Play” giveaway. Walton wins an all-inclusive four-day, three-night getaway for two, as well as one Valley ICON® smart panel of his choice and a free one-year subscription to AgSense® or BaseStation3.

The Waltons purchased their pivots from Ed Bullard Irrigation in Wade, North Carolina, a Valley dealer since 1984. “They’re good growers,” Bullard says of the Waltons. “Sam is very sharp, and does a great job managing their center pivots. His generation really sees the benefit of irrigation in terms of risk mitigation and yield potential.”

Walton farms a 6,000-acre operation in southeastern North Carolina with his father, mother and younger brother. His father bought their first center pivot in the 1990s; now they own 14 Valley center pivots, all connected by AgSense, and note a significant improvement in bushels per acre when comparing irrigated corn with dry land. “They’ve been good pivots for us,” Walton says. “They’re durable. We might get more … and I don’t foresee looking at (any other kind) in the future.”

“The Valley ‘Work to Play’ giveaway is a prize package designed to provide the winning grower with the means to manage his irrigation operation from far away,” says Rich Panowicz, Vice President of North American Sales for Valley Irrigation. “Winning an all-inclusive vacation is a great way to illustrate how smart technology from Valley can help growers relax and stay in control no matter where they are.”