Nedland History

how Nedland got its start

More than sixty five years ago, our founder, Vern Nedland, opened a welding repair shop. From that humble beginning, Nedland has grown to become the Midwest’s largest and most trusted waste management equipment manufacturer.

Here is our story:

Vern Nedland launched his welding repair business, Nedland, in 1945. In the mid-1950’s, he began his foray into manufacturing, where his first products included eight and ten-ton wagons for the agricultural industry.

In the early 1960s, Nedland’s name changed to Forage King Industries, and it added PTO driven chopper boxes and manure spreaders to its product line.

It was in the early 1970s that the Nedland family decided to take a little time away from manufacturing and sold its interest in Forage King Industries.

In 1982, and following in his father’s footsteps, Dave Nedland erected a new building in Ridgeland, WI and launched Nedland Welding & Machine Works—providing the same repair services Vern had offered 37 years earlier.

A year later, Dave also started to manufacture a line of UL-tested home heating wood furnaces.

It was in that same year—1983—that the local garbage hauler asked him to build some rear load containers.

That’s when things really took off.

Dave brought back the Nedland Industries name—and Vern even came out of retirement for a few years to help get the company off on the right foot.

That marked the end of our wood burning furnace line, as we shifted our focus to a 100% waste-related products business, manufacturing rear and front load containers, roll off containers, stationary and self-contained compactors, and plastic containers, to name a few.

In the mid-1990s, we made a strategic move; purchasing all of the assets and trademarks for the EZrolloff brand trailers and truck roll off systems. Today, we manufacture five sizes of trailers and a single truck hoist system.

Nedland welcomed Dave’s son, Cory, to the company in 2006. Now the VP, Cory will ensure the next generation of Nedlands will be here to carry on the family business.