Laforge Receives AE50 Award for VersaDeck


The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced that Laforge Systems, Inc. has won an AE50 award.

Laforge developed the VersaDeck, deemed one of the year's most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. The VersaDeck was featured in the January/February 2014 special AE50 issue of ASABE's magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World.

Laforge was pleased to receive this award for a product that can be of great use for so many different types of farming operations. It can be a carrier, a portable shop, a work platform, or a large loader bucket, says Lars Paulsson, vice president and general manager of Laforge. He continues, "Having received this award from an engineering society where many of the members are involved in research, we are also excited to be able to offer VersaDeck as a platform for in-field data collection activities, for example."

Companies from around the world submit entries to the annual AE50 competition and up to 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

The AE50 awards program is sponsored by Resource to emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmers, food processors and equipment manufacturers cut costs, enhance quality and increase profits.

Resource, a magazine geared to agricultural, biological and food system engineers worldwide, is produced at ASABE headquarters in St. Joseph, Mich. The publication is read by thousands  involved in the agricultural, food and biological industries.

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Its members, from more than 100 countries, are consultants, managers, researchers, and others who have the training and experience to understand the interrelationships between technology and living systems.

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