Ryan Stauffer’s family farm near Seward needed shelving.
So he invited over his buddy and cousin, A.J. Stauffer, cracked a couple of Coors Lights and they got to work.
“We were going to build a parts room. We always had this idea in the back of our head about a mobile aisle and how we were going to do it. We were going to build a whole system,” Ryan said during a recent interview.
Then A.J., an engineer by training, looked at the pallet rack against the wall and had an idea. Why not hang the shelves?
“That was the eureka moment,” Ryan said.
With that idea, Levrack was born. It’s a new mobile-aisle shelving system designed to work with pallet racking found in many farm and industrial shops. The Levrack shelves roll easily, even when loaded, and require no motors or complex parts.
It saves space and hides clutter by pushing the shelving inward. In addition to farm buildings, the company said the shelves work well in retail, industrial and residential settings as well.
The new company has contracted with Progressive Sheet Metal in Seward to make the hardware for its product.
Levrack made its public debut during Husker Harvest Days, which ran Tuesday through Thursday, and Ryan Stauffer said the reaction has been positive.
The farm show turned out to be a perfect venue for the launch because most people don’t realize they need the shelving until they see it, and it’s difficult to explain to people without them seeing it, said company COO Peter Miller.
The unit sells for about $5,300, which sounds like a lot, but the company says they are less than half the cost of other similar mobile shelving systems.
For more information visit www.levrack.com.