Some hardware was handed out at the annual Western Kansas Manufacturer’s Association banquet dinner Friday night.

Curtis Machine Company, Inc., received the WKMA 2017 New Product of the Year Award for their new Curtis Machine Model 214 stainless steel 1:1 spiral bevel gearbox.

John Curtis accepted the award on behalf of Curtis Machine from WKMA president Eddie Estes.

Designed to operate in the most caustic of environments, the Curtis Machine Model 214 stainless steel 1:1 spiral bevel gearbox with its 316 stainless steel housing and caps, is designed to be corrosion resistant to many of the applications where salt water is present or caustic wash down chemicals are used.

With the use of stainless steel, the new gearbox would eliminate the need for special paint that can scratch or chip, allowing corrosion to start and bacteria to grow.

The gearbox can also accommodate any ratio from a 1:1 miter up to a 3:1 gear set, has a 140TC motor flange incorporated directly into the gearbox, to allow for a motor to be directly connected to the unit and has special shafting available as well as special flanges to accommodate other electric and hydraulic motor sizes.

The nominations for the award are solicited by the WKMA through its members will the goal of recognizing ingenuity and new developments.

Estes highlighted last year's 3i SHOW as well as announced the preparations for the upcoming show to be held October 12-14 at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City.

"We are blessed every year to have the best volunteers around," Estes said. "Debbie Allen and Colleen Hastings are two of the best and without these two there is no way we could do this without their support.

"I appreciate all their effort in getting the best volunteers."

Estes also thanked Ford County officials along with the many media partners, hotel partners and Midwest Living Magazine.

Another key component Estes highlighted was the High School Ag Day that is held during the 3i SHOW.

"We had 250 students from nine different high schools this past year," Estes said. "It's a start. When we get people that are retiring, especially in the ag business, it's not a matter of wanting people to take over, it's a matter of we need people to take over."

Estes ended the evening with the video replay of the opening ceremonies from the past 3i SHOW that was put on by the Dodge City Community College rodeo team.

For more information about Curtis Machine Company, Inc., visit www.CurtisMachine.com.

For more information about WKMA or the 63rd annual 3i SHOW visit www.3ishow.com, or call the WKMA office directly toll-free at 877-405-2883 or locally at 620-227-8082.