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Previous Top Shops Winners

Shop office is essential

When the time came that the Weiss brothers felt they could justify a new shop, the Bay City, Michigan, farm team spent time planning the new structure.

Best Shop Office: Jim Cormany

Jim Cormany's approach to creating a shop-office complex earned him first-place honors in the Best Shop Office category of the Top Shops Contest. Strategic use of space as well as a provision for future growth allowed Cormany's entry to rise to the top of the competition.

Best Lubrication Center: David Mitchell

When it comes to maintenance chores, David Mitchell wants it low maintenance. That's why Mitchell took extra care designing and equipping a service bay in his shop. And his efforts paid off when he earned top honors in the Best Lubrication Center category of Successful Farming magazine's Top Shops Contest.

Best Service Vehicle: Marvin and Matt Mechtel

When Marvin and Matt Mechtel were envisioning their dream service truck, they did some out-of-the-box thinking. The result was literally a shop on wheels that is in a box. The Mechtels' truck was named "Best Service Vehicle" in the Successful Farming Top Shops contest.

Best Shop Feature: Roger Johnson

A farmyard of homebuilt machinery has exited the doors of Roger Johnson's Chandler, Minnesota, shop. Yet, the most impressive of all his fabrications is a hoist that assisted in building much of that machinery. The hoist was named "Best Shop Feature" the Successful Farming Top Shops contest.

Best Shop Design: Brad and Terri Minor

Necessity was the mother of invention for Brad and Terri Minor, who designed their shop after spending years working in a cramped, drafty wooden shed. Their shop was voted "Best Shop Design" in the Successful Farming Top Shops contest.

Best Overall Shop: Miiller Farms

Inside the Miiller Farms shop, our overall Top Shops winner, you'll find a John Deere-themed office complete with living quarters, shop space to accommodate the largest machinery and even an underground tunnel leading from the shop to the house nearby.


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