Midwest Bio Systems
Interview conducted by:
Bud Wayne, Editorial Executive
Published – November 20, 2023
CEOCFO: Mr. Blosser, you started Midwest Bio Systems (MBS) in 1993, but were did your interest in renewable farming systems start and what led you to start MBS?
Mr. Blosser: We started Midwest Bio Systems in 1993 as a result of many things prior to that. We like to tell the story because it never grows old to people who are listening to us. The reason they like to hear the story is because it lays out “the why”. God has a plan for us in our lives, although some of us may not know it, and in many ways, I did not. However, when we started farming, when I was 4 and 5 years old, back in the 1960s, I remember very well that my folks were very eager to get started. At the time, my Dad was working at a welding shop and my Mom wanted him to be at home with his sons. Her parents had farmed, so she wanted us to become farmers, and we finally got that opportunity. I recall it vividly how glad they were to get into farming, and I’m glad that they did because growing up in the farming world has helped me ever since.
Twelver years later in 1981, we entered a timeframe in our lives where interest rates were exceeding 21% and we were caught with a little too much debt, as we had been expanding pretty fast in the 1970s, which just about took us under financially. I was the oldest of 4 boys in our family, but all the way down to the youngest, we really worked hard from early morning to late evening, just trying to make things work, and we managed to squeak through. I remember that severe struggle we went through, but many times, those trying times ended up refining us. I often think of the biblical application of the gold that gets refined by the fire. However, those trying times led me to a deep passion to find a way for me to help family farms thrive and not just survive. I had a conscious and subconscious prayer in my heart that if there was a way for me to do that, God please let me get into it.
Then in December of 1983, I married a wonderful woman to whom I am now married for almost 40 years. At that time, I started working with my father-
I then focused on getting into a soil fertility business that would service a 10-
CEOCFO: Before we discuss your products and services, why efficient composting of high-
Mr. Blosser: I was learning during my training process, particularly in the last two or three years, as we got into better photosynthesis process of plants, how we could make a lot of things happen. Then we could have a lot better return because we were managing how well the sun energy was taken in by the plants and how well the photosynthesis started. For example, when we looked at our trainings, we discovered somebody down in Florida took a CO2 bottle out of a welding shop, and they set it underneath an orange tree. They cracked the bottle open slowly, as and it took two weeks for that bottle to actually get empty. It kept leaking out a little bit of CO2 all critically at the right stages of setting fruit and so forth. In the end of that year, they had doubled the yield of any tree around them. That got me started into the idea that plants need CO2 to interact with the sun rays, for it to produce a glucose, a sugar-
Why is efficient composting of a high-
It is the sun’s photosynthate material that first evaporates when you start decomposing plant material or manure. The basic definition of compost starts with compose, the word ‘compose’ means putting together, bringing together into one. We do not want to lose all of that sun energy, and that is why high-
CEOCFO: Tell us about some of the products you offer farmers. Your 170X – why it is the most efficient and cost-
Mr. Blosser: Yes, yes, and yes. Our mission is to improve the life of the farmer. Our mission is to have people thrive and not just survive. So we come from the soil and go backwards which gives us the edge on the composting side of it. We manufacture composting equipment that is called Aeromaster Composting Systems. We promote our Aeromaster Composting Systems ACS which is the acronym for Aeromaster Composting Systems. The accessories that need to go along with that which aid our customers in introducing very high quality, highly active sun energy type compost. In the whole aspect of our 7.5 years of training, I was primarily focused on helping soil fertility and getting the maximum bang for our buck for the farmer. That is the forte and the strength of our organization today. The composting equipment is a tool. We have found that we can have the greatest impact of last year’s sun energy for this year’s crops. It becomes cumulative, meaning that in every set of five years, we have demonstrated that you have to benefits from your inputs five, four, three two, and one year ago, not just the inputs you put on this year. It helps you reduce your cost majorly. Some of our customers buy compost from our composting equipment customers. Some buy compost from our existing equipment customers and turn it into an extract where they make high-
I look at this from a high-
CEOCFO: Would you tell us some success stories such as in commercial composter, dairy, or with individual farmers?
Mr. Blosser: For a commercial composting example, we had a guy who had eight front-
We have done a study where if you just locked it in at 1400 hours compared to some of the other equipment he could have bought, this saved him about $47 thousand a year in operations cost. Well, you know that $47 thousand in five years amounts to easily making it the savings get up to $200 thousand which is more than that cost to start with. Most people when they buy a piece of equipment do not ask what it is going to cost them to buy and operate it for five years from buying and the final cost. If they ask that question, we are typically 40% to 50% lower cost than anyone else out there. If they ask how much it costs upfront, then they are going to have a completely different answer. Our equipment is a little higher. It is still the lowest cost turner out there in five-
When we started manufacturing compost, we were completely oblivious. We went to Europe two different times in 1992 to learn how to turn sun energy into a protein through the process of composting. We came back and imported equipment. The manufacturer in Europe wanted us to find somebody here and we went to five different manufacturers and ultimately ended up starting our own. Nobody else focuses on this individual particle management. It requires the lowest amount of horsepower, diesel, and breakdowns. It is a chain of events that makes this.
CEOCFO: It is evident from your website that Midwest Bio-
Mr. Blosser: Our sincere desire is, to improve the lives of the people we touch. We have service beyond the sale because we are not just about making money and selling equipment. We know our core product is the improvement of the life of others. If you look at doing that, you have to look at education. I often kid people that our composting equipment prints money. We do not have a turner that costs you money because of the way you can value-
There are seventeen tele-
CEOCFO: What is the market like for you today? What is your geographic reach in the US and internationally?
Mr. Blosser: We have sold composting equipment to 31 different countries. On top of that, we have been in three US territories. It has been and is a tremendous experience over the last 30 years. We reached our 30-
CEOCFO: How do you reach potential customers? Is it through dealers or direct sales?
Mr. Blosser: It is a word-
CEOCFO: Where will future growth come from; more products, expanding your reach and potential customers?
Mr. Blosser: Future growth will come through larger commercial composters, who are excited and sharing, large dairy farms sharing. There is just a lot of new partnerships that are forming in all kinds of ways through referral type partnerships, contingencies and actual dealers. We love them all and try to do a fair system so everybody has a proper process. The education experience is one requirement. We are planning a process where we are getting a new facility built to expand our production. We are actively promoting to various communities on how to increase their business.
CEOCFO: In closing, why is Midwest Bio-
Mr. Blosser: Our very simple statement that we make consistently is “Most people struggle to have a profitable composting operation; Aeromaster composting equipment produces quality compost at less cost in a fraction of the time.” This allows our customers to experience higher profits and a more successful future.” Our part of this is we are allowing thousands of farmers, thousands of growers of all kinds, it does not matter if it is in the horticulture industry, or the golf course industry, to harvest more sun. We recognize that what we are doing is looking at the phenomenon of our normal conventional way of growing things has been outdated and has not taken into factor of how to harvest more sun, but it is much about how to sell more products to the farmer, in our opinion. We will be able to have our part in changing our world by improving for better soils, better food, healthier animals and healthier human bodies.
I am involved in human nutrition and have been for many years since I got intimately involved in the nutrition of crops. It is to be a light to our world and turning waste into assets. It is the gift of God that I was called to. I felt this calling in 1984, and I am marveling that I will be forty years into this next year. I have no idea where God will take this but the journey has been a wonderful one. What I was able to share was something I learned from others, and through the grace of God and wisdom coming from God. All the honor and glory belongs to Him; it is not from me. This is to have the light of God shine in everybody’s lives. What is amazing is that God chose us to be in this industry. I love what I do, I am passionate with what I do, but not for me, but for the people we help and the God I serve.
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