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Joe Works

Humboldt, KS


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Joe Works is a decendant of R.M. Works who homesteaded land west of Humboldt when the town was first established in 1857.  The homestead is still farmed by the Works family.
In 1987 Joe and a friend, Roger Baker, started a small business in Baker's garage.  The custom truck beds they built became quite popular and with the growing business they moved to a larger building just off the city square in Humboldt.  In 1988 the pair designed the Turnover Ball Hitch.  Shortly after they built a larger building in the Humboldt industrial park to accommodate their ever growing business.  Joe is now the sole owner and president of B & W.   The company also produces other trailer hitches and have added agricultural item such as feeders, gates, etc. 
Joe's wife Janie owns and operates a day care/preschool located behind the plant.
Joe kept his employees working when the economy turned bad in 2009 by doing work needed in the area.  A new ball field was built, playgrounds and other park equipment were fixed and painted, and work on some of the employees houses were just a few of the things that were done by Joe and his B & W employees.

NBC Nightly News featured Joe and B & W in March 2009 when they were highlighting people "Making a Difference" The video can be seen on  Joe has continued helping the community with many projects.
B & W Manufactoring gives plant tours Monday-Friday at 10 a.m.

contact info
City Hall
725 Bridge St
Humboldt, KS 66748
Phone: 620.473.3232
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