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Hills Supply marks 40 years serving dairy farms

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The company sells a wide array of milking equipment, hardware and supplies.

CANAL FULTON The last three years have been challenging for Hills Supply, but co-owners Mick Heiby and Frank Burkett believe the business has cleared a set of unexpected obstacles.

The deaths in late 2016 of previous owners Delores Hill and her son, David, hit the company hard. Delores was 86 when she died on Oct. 23 only days after being diagnosed with leukemia. As that shock was wearing off, the company was jolted weeks later when David and his wife, Shin, were found dead in the home in Green, the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The sudden deaths left employees stunned and Hills Supply without its founders.

“As a group, the employees hung together,” Heiby said. “The customers were loyal to us. They stayed.”

Hills Supply’s customers are dairy farmers throughout Ohio and Indiana and in parts of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Kentucky. The company sells a wide array of milking equipment, hardware and supplies, while its technicians respond to service calls.

Last November, Heiby and Burkett bought the company.Heiby has worked 10 years with Hills Supply, following a career as a dairy farmer, leader of the Ohio Department of Agriculture dairy farm inspection team and as a representative for what now is the Dairy Farmers of American. Heiby got to know David Hill as a customer and then while working with the state. The relationship led to his job at Hills Supply.Burkett was a customer of Hills Supply. He’s part of fifth-generation […]

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