One Oregon company that makes hay handling equipment has purchased another.

Steffen Systems, Silverton, has acquired Lewco Mfg., Bend, and its The Bale Handler bale handlers and accumulators.

Steffen Systems' Tom Steffen says Lewco's bale accumulator line will be discontinued. But its bale handlers will be manufactured and marketed as an alternative to the company's existing line. Lewco handlers are lighter and less expensive than Steffen models, he says.

Started by Stan Steffen and now headed by his son, Dave, Steffen Systems makes bale handlers (forks), bale accumulators, self-propelled hay loaders, bale double-compression systems and large-bale to small-bale conversion systems.

Lewco Mfg. was started and operated for 30 years by Henry Lewis, who is retiring. For more information, call Tom Steffen at 888-543-8429.