When we asked you to tell us what makes your town 'One of a Kind', hundreds of answers filled our Facebook page. One that jumped out to be interesting and visual was a comment from Andrew Melia. "Come visit us in Atwood,Ks! Cool little lake town along HW 36! Take a walk around Lake Atwood, play a round of golf, then check out the beautiful downtown! Lots of history around these parts! Visit us at Beaver Valley Supply and we will show you how to build a grain auger," he posted.
That and all of the other comments prompted our crew to include Atwood in the 'One of a Kind' route. Michael Schwanke says he's learned a lot while on this road trip and he's now adding how to build a grain auger to the list thanks to Melia.
"We jokingly are CTS's, crop transportation specialists," Melia said while laughing. For you non-farm people, augers are built to move grain like wheat and corn. "There are all different sizes, 10 inch tubes to 13 inch tubes. And these move grain," he said.
He works at Beaver Supply Company, which makes augers and other farm equipment for customers all over. "They're everywhere. We put them from Canada to Mexico, all over the place," he said. The business employs 25 people, who build every order. It's a multi-million dollar business for this small Kansas town.