The Flory family moved to Salida from Whittier, California to the present ranch location and built their barn in 1909. The home was built in 1910; and the manufacturing facility is still presently at the same location.
During the late 1920's and early 1930's, the Flory's had a 100 cow grade "B" dairy. We were the first family to have milking machines in this county as far as is known. We were also the first to have a farm tractor in our area and the first to convert from steel tractor wheels to rubber tires (thanks in part to Harvey Firestone).
The dairy operation eventually expanded into custom grain and bean harvesting that grew to 15 harvesters. Howard Flory designed and built the 2 bean harvesters for use in their harvesting business, which lasted from 1935 to 1974, a total of 30 harvest seasons.
In 1961, the first Flory pick-up harvester was built, it was a small 3-point mounted, tractor-powered harvester that was primarily used in almonds.
As the industry grew, so did Flory, with production of a self-propelled harvester with a 4 foot pick-up width. As the speed and cleaning efficiency continued to improve in harvesters, there was need for faster, more efficient sweepers. Flory met that need in 1972 with a self-propelled heavy-duty sweeper, which featured a hydrostatic transmission, large diameter five-bar sweeper reel, and engine crankshaft-mounted blower fan. Sweepers have continued to improve over the years with more power, larger blower fans, and simplicity of design to the current sweepers with diesel engines.
Flory Industries is considered the leader in the field of nut-harvesting equipment, with sales worldwide for harvesting almonds, cashews, chestnuts, figs, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, tung nut and walnuts.
Flory Industries manufacturing facilities and offices are located on the original property purchased in 1909 at 4737 Toomes Road in Salida, California. We have been repairing and building farm machinery since 1936, and now concentrate on building nut-harvesting equipment, flail mowers, and vineyard equipment.
" I was in a field last year after a rain with several other harvesters trying to go as fast as we could. Those guys were running circles around me with their Flory 850's and cleaning the product better. So I made the change and never knew how easy the 850 was to set in the field. Now I am picking up faster and the product in the cart is cleaner. "
900 acres harvested
" With the V-60 sweeper I get more acres swept in a day with less fuel and less hours. It does the work of 2-3 conventional sweepers and I have men then freed up to do herbicide work and irrigation. It was not hard to find a qualified man to run this machine. The machine has proven itself. The customer service continues to prove itself; also we will be ordering 1 or 2 more V-60's for next season. "
Hein Ranch - 4,200 acres harvested
" The 8550 self-propelled harvester is a beast, it harvests fast and clean. We combined it with two ST-12 Shuttles and the 3640 Field Elevator and were harvesting 80 acres of half mile rows in a twelve hour day. "
George Holland Farms