Art's Way Manufacturing, Armstrong, IA, has acquired the M&W round baler line from M&W Gear, Gibson City, IL.

The balers come in nine models ranging from 4 x 4’ to 5 x 6’ to fit a wide range of haying operations. M&W balers feature fewer moving parts, when compared to "like" competitive balers, helping keep maintenance costs minimal. Operation is simple due to fewer moving parts, an open-throat chamber design that reduces the risk of bale starting problems, and a push-button tying mechanism. The bale chamber is nearly fully enclosed, which reduces leaf loss.

"The M&W round hay baler line is one of the most respected brands in the industry and we are extremely pleased to add this line to the Art's Way family, says J. Ward McConnell, Jr., the company’s board chairman. “We believe the M&W line will be earnings accretive immediately, hold a compelling valuation, is an outstanding fit with our industry-leading niche ag equipment and is another important element in our roll-up strategy.”

Art's Way manufactures and distributes feed processing equipment, round balers and other hay and forage equipment, sugarbeet defoliators and harvesters, land maintenance equipment, crop shredding equipment, plows, manure spreaders and top- and bottom-drive augers.