Jed has a long history with wrenches & farming. He grew up
working on his Grandfather's farm near Chapin, where his current business and farm are still based today.
Allen & grandkids, 1986, Jed age 8
In 1993, a combination of the purchase of a 1951 Chevy pickup
and a power-mechanics class sparked his mechanical interest when he was a freshman at SCMT High School in Sheffield. He overhauled
a neighbor's Honda ATC 3-wheeler in the spring of 1993, and soon after was flooded with customer's Hondas, very popular machines
in the area at the time. Offical business began when he acquired his retail tax-permit in January 1994, operating under the
name "J.W. Allen Small Engine Service." Most of his free time in his high-school years was not spent chasing girls, but repairing
ATVs and snowmobiles.
"Me and all my buddies had old, klunker snowmobiles, and we made fun of the 'Indy Posse' crowd."
Jed explains, "We called ourselves 'Jalopies,' hence 'Jed's Jalopy Joint.'" The name apparently stuck.
& his '51 Chevy, 1996
After graduating SCMT in 1996, he was accepted at Hawkeye Community
College in Waterloo, Iowa, where he successfully completed two years in their "Ag Power Technology" program, which included
areas of study such as diesel engines, hydraulics, electronics, power-trains and transmissions. Jed and his Hawkeye classmate,
Shane, together won first place at a John Deere sponsored National PAS Ag Mechanics Contest (click here)
near Norfolk, Virginia in the spring of 1998. They were believed to be the first students from a non-Deere affiliated school
to win in the history of the contest.
Upon graduation from Hawkeye, Jed wished to continue and expand his repair business.
However he was quickly out-growing his small dirt-floor, tin-shed shop he had been working out of since 1993. In the summer
of 1998, he remodeled an old corn-crib/farrowing house on his Grandfather's farm, to be large enough for tractor repair.
This is still the current business location.
newly relocated Jalopy Joint, 1999, swamped with snowmobiles!
Between 1998 and 2001, the transition was made from small engine repair to large scale
tractor and combine repair. In summer of 2004, Jed worked "out west" with a father/son custom-harvesting operation,Weber Harvesting (click here),from Riverton, Wyoming. They followed the wheat and barley harvest starting in southern Oklahoma in May and ending in Wyoming
in September. In 2007 Jed purchased a Case-IH 2188 combine and worked again with the Webers on the wheat harvest. 2008 brought
the addition of a grain truck & grain cart to the harvesting business. Since Jed's first minute in an Axial-Flow combine
seat in 1993, he has harvested over 45,000 acres at the wheel of Red combines. Today, nearly all of Jed's service & harvesting
business revolves Axial-Flow Case/IH combines. |
Allen Seed & Grain teams up with Weber Harvesting
Jed its all about Customer Service. Whether a late night service call or harvesting your soybeans before the big storm, Jed
will do what he can to help you succeed. Jed took a group of customers to East Moline in 2004 to tour the IH harvester works
before it closed. "It was sad to see such history being closed down, but it also is exciting to see things streamlined
now in Grand Island." referring to Case's move of the 2388 production. "From a 1440 to a 7088, IH & Case-IH
combines are a true dynasty." Coming from an independent farmer, custom harvester, and technician who makes a living
revolving around these machines, that really says something.
What does the future hold? Well on December 31, 2010, Jed married
his best friend Candie, a sweet small-town woman from Sanford, Michigan. And then on October 17, 2011 they welcomed
the birth of their first son, Cyrus William, into the world. (Possibly named after a certain famous inventor named Cyrus??)
Together they plan to continue to farm, custom harvest, and keep providing their customers with unmatched repair service.
Jed & Candie plan on streamlining and organizing their services to continue to meet the demands of their customers now
and into the future. They would like to say Thank You to their friends & customers for their past, present,
and future business!
Jed & Candie,
wheat harvest 2010