About Us

about us

About Us: After graduating from Purdue University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and then living and working for companies in the upper-Midwest and Southeast, Bob Ruark decided it was time to start his own company.  The year was 1967, and Ruark searched out a place to set up shop. He picked Iowa because of the state's right to work laws.

With belief in his abilities and a working knowledge of conveyance equipment, Ruark started ABCO (America's Best Conveyor Operation). Just months later, a category-five tornado wiped out the company. Then in 1975, after having just completed a new building, disaster struck again when that building burnt to the ground. Undaunted, Ruark pushed forward.

Over five decades later, ABCO has produced thousands of belt conveyors, hoppers, feeders, vibrating screens and other material handling equipment. During it's peak years, the company added recycling and farm machinery divisions. They also shipped product all over the world. ABCO established a reputation for quality products that perform beyond expectations.

In 2015, Ruark retired from ABCO after 47 years of steering the ship. The company was sold and then sold once more in January of 2019.

ABCO proudly celebrated 50 years of being “America’s Best Conveyor Operation” in 2018, and after having expanded into business segments unrelated to its core area of expertise, has come full circle.  ABCO is once again focused on building the best conveyors and surge bins in the aggregate industry.

Thank you for reading about ABCO’s history. We invite you to be part of our future by calling 319-283-5652 to discuss your material handling needs or to learn more about us.

ABCO Manufacturing – Rock solid. Rock ready.