LIMA — In an effort to help agricultural businesses become more cost efficient, Lima entrepreneur Kurtis Staup founded Wheatland Technologies, an operational solutions company for the agriculture industry.
Owning a business is nothing new to Staup. His family has owned their own small automotive recycling business, OEM auto recyclers, for over 35 years and it was their determination, will power, and encouragement that helped inspired him to create his business.
“This has been a six-month process with a past history of coming from a small family owned business, so it’s been really 30 years in the progress,” he said. “We are hitting the marketing party and gaining clients and growing it.”
He has decided to focus on agricultural businesses because of their strong influences in Northwest Ohio, and as a native of that area he believes that he has the tools and concepts that are not only beneficial to local farmers, but to business owners in the non-agriculture industry as well.
Through the use of Lean Six Sigma, a methodology that helps improve performance, and statistical data he is able to provide business owners with graphs and documents that indicate where in their business they could be more efficient and how exactly they can save more money. This ultimately helps owners prioritize customer needs, reduce waste and improve margins in business processes.
“Technology has stupid amount of information tied to it but no one knows how to tap into it and pull the information out or read the information,” he said. “That’s something that we’re getting really strong at.”
Staup is very proud of the progress that he has made within the last seven months and looks forward to success of his business in the years to come.
“It’s the freedom of taking an idea and growing it into an entity of freestanding and helping other people and businesses save let’s say $50,000 or a $100,000. That’s really rewarding,” he said. “To be able to drive by a business and say we have helped him out is a really good feeling.”
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