Big Iron Notebook: Farm, Tile Installer, Maker, Team For “pink Tile” Charity Project

Dave Braaten, an Ellingson Companies drain tile salesman based in Wahpeton, N.D., and K&T Grain Farms of Mooreton, N.D., teamed up with Prinsco Inc., to launch a pink tile project for various regional charities in North Dakota and Minnesota, including local cancer and Farm Rescue.


Plowing for Hope

Tile companies make $8K

donations in ND, MN

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The all-business reputation of the drain tile industry took a softer turn at Big Iron XXXIII, where Ellingson Companies displayed a coil of pink tile, drawing attention to its “Plowing for Hope” project.

Amber Eustice, marketing manager for Ellingson Companies, West Concord, Minn., says that for every project the company does in the month of October, they’ll be contributing $50 per project to charities, divided among Farm Rescue, the American Cancer Society, and Cares for Cancer of Hankinson, N.D.

The pink tile commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month,  and will part of a drainage project on the  J&K Grain Farms of Mooreton, N.D., owned by Korey and Jeff Skovholt. “When they harvest their corn in the fall we will be in there, tiling the field with the pink tile,” says Max Fuxa, of Ellingson’s Harwood, N.D., location.  J&K Grain Farms is also making a $2,500 donation to Cares for Cancer chapter Hankinson, N.D., says salesman Dave Braaten who lives in Wahpeton but originally is from Hankinson.

Eustice says the entire project will involve more than 80 tile projects in the two-state area. In each one Ellingson donates $50 per project for a total of $4,000. The Prinsco Inc. tile manufacturer, who is making the special pink tile for the purpose, will put in $1,500.  With J&K’s donation, the entire project is $8,000 in the two states.

The pink coil is 3,000 feet and Prinsco made 80,000 feet of pink tile for the whole project. This covers the part of the project near Interstate 29, where there will be signs to indicate the project near mile marker 25. The project will cover 80 acres of a 230-acre project for the farm.