Duffy Grain, Inc.
P.O. Box 250
Columbus, WI 53925
N3867 Baden St.
Columbus, WI 53925
6107 Twin Lane Rd.
Marshall, WI 53559
04/19/12 12:55:57 PM
Tom and Joe Duffy, who were farming just east of Columbus at the time, established Duffy Bros. Inc. in 1928. They started by hauling milk in cans for area farmers to the Astico milk plant in Astico, WI. Over the years, Tom and Joe added more trucks and expanded to buying and hauling livestock to stockyards in Milwaukee and Chicago. Duffy Livestock, Inc. was formed at that time to handle livestock transactions.
In 1960, Tom’s son John Duffy joined the company and began hauling dairy cattle across the country for export. In 1978, John decided to branch out into the grain business and built grain bins for storage and transport of local grain. Duffy Bros. Inc. continued to haul livestock and grain through the 80’s and most of the 90’s. In the mid-90’s as there became fewer animals on area farms and more cash grain, the focus shifted strictly to grain. The name was changed from Duffy Livestock, Inc. to Duffy Grain, Inc. Duffy Bros., Inc. remained as the hauling arm of the business.
In 2002, Duffy Grain Inc. began developing a second location in Marshall, WI, which is located on the Wisconsin & Southern Rail line. This new facility allows for more economical transportation of grain on rail to end users. This facility has the ability to load 25 car unit trains for shipment to Chicago and beyond. A 25 car train can be loaded in about 4 hours.
Duffy Bros. Inc. operates a fleet of about 20 trucks. These trucks serve local farmers, and feed/fertilizer operations throughout the near Midwest. The trucks transport grain to major terminals in Milwaukee, Chicago and various points along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Recently, the advent of ethanol production in the state has also provided us with new more localized markets to ship to.
A division of Duffy Bros., Duffy Fleet Services, was established to provide service for internal vehicles. It has now thrived to include two shifts of mehanics that service customer vehicles from the surrounding area as well as internal vehicles.
Today, John’s son Patrick, who joined the company in 1988, is now President and Grain Merchandiser. Ryan, John’s youngest son, joined the company in 2001 and currently serves as Operations Manager. Pat and Ryan are proud to carry on John’s dream of expanding the business, with the building of the rail facility. The company and family look forward to continuing to serve the local agricultural economy as it continues to grow and evolve in the future.