MEET THE TEAM

Melvin Waldner

FOUNDER

Melvin has been in the swine industry for over 30 years. Growing up within the swine industry, he had a vision for creating a feeding system that was built with quality and could meet the demand of the fast changing industry. Over the last 30 years he has seen huge changes within the industry. The need for high quality feeding equipment has moved to the top of the list for meeting the demands of hog producers. The cost of feed has changed the feed product needs. SDI’s feeders meet the needs our producers are looking for in weight gains, quality and durability. Melvin’s vision has carried over to SDI through the last 12 years in building a company that meets the same standards as our feeders. Through Melvin’s vision, we continue to meet the high standards of our producers and to carry that vision of quality, integrity and customer satisfaction throughout SD Industries.

Kenny Waldner

PRESIDENT/OWNER

Coupled with years of experience as a hog barn manager, farmer, and then as a fabricator; Kenny grew up surrounded by machinery and loves technology. He understands our CNC equipment inside/out. Kenny & Melvin have worked together closely for 20 years as an innovative team. Kenny has been with SDI since the day it was just a thought process & dream. He was working as a senior design engineer for a firm in PA and helped Melvin design products as ideas morphed into reality. His design and engineering background has taken SDI concepts of feeding hogs to a new level. Kenny wears many hats at SDI as our design engineer, network and IT manager, product development supervisor, quality inspector and ensures all equipment is up to date and running. Kenny’s years as a barn manager gave him first-hand experience of what works and what doesn’t. Kenny is always excited to look at new ideas and concepts within the manufacturing arena. Delivering quality products and satisfied customers is his end goal!

Jason Stoebner

CFO/OWNER

Jason is an experienced banking executive with an extensive background in all facets of commercial and AG banking. He believes that success comes from delivering strong results with a great team. As CFO, he is responsible for ensuring that SDI has the information solutions needed to improve SDI’s effectiveness and efficiency in delivering services to our customers around the globe.

Michael Ulrich

Regional Sales Representative

After eight years of Sales & Customer Service at SDI headquarters in SD, Michael moved with his family to Michigan at the end of 2015 and assumed the role of regional sales rep for the eastern US, eastern Canada, as well as some international markets. He continues to work in support of our expanding Dealer network and SDI brand equipment in that territory. He is truly a man of integrity and has gained the respect and trust of our dealers and their customers.

Dan Blevins

Sales

Dan Is excited to be part of the SDI team with over 14 years of sales experience and is eager to bring a high level of professionalism and customer service to the needs of customers. Dan grew up in northeast Nebraska helping with his small family farm, where he gained experience raising everything from cattle to greyhounds. Please contact him if you have questions on any of our stainless steel products.

Lars Christenson

COO/OWNER

A lifelong resident of Mitchell, SD, Lars began working with Melvin and Kenny in 2015. Lars has 18 years of production management in various roles within the manufacturing industry. His background in engineering and manufacturing helps SDI delivery quality products to their customers. When Lars is not at work, you will find him riding a motorcycle or rebuilding his latest project bike or vintage car.

Ben Endorf

Sales

Ben Endorf, a SDSU alumni, recently became part of the SDI sales team. He contributes twenty plus years of experience to SDI in sales from the ag and commercial construction industry. As a sales professional, he strives to ensure customer satisfaction and develop strong relationships with customers.  He lives on a farm nearby with his wife and four kids. Outside of work, you will find him busy working on the farm or attending sporting events for his kids. 

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