FBI Searches Sioux Center Business

Date posted - October 23, 2012

Sioux Center, Iowa — Details are sketchy at this time, but FBI agents were in Sioux Center on Monday and Tuesday at the Sioux Automation Company.

The company sells, manufactures, and repairs agricultural equipment such as feed mixers, manure and silage handling equipment, and scale systems.

Sandy Breault, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Omaha bureau says that FBI agents searched Sioux Automation on Monday and Tuesday, but would not comment on the nature of the search, or if anything was found or taken. She also wouldn’t say if any charges had been filed.

We called Sioux Automation CEO Ron Hulshof, and he read from a prepared statement, and said that they had a visit from the Department of Labor Investigative Group. He says company officials feel that this was QUOTE, “a bizarre overreaction to a civil issue.” He says that the company has been working with The Department of Labor for 8 months, cooperating fully. Hulsolf went on to say that they don’t believe they have QUOTE, “done anything to warrant this type of treatment.”

He says they have secured legal counsel. He says their focus remains on understanding, cooperating fully, and caring for their employees, customers, and community as they have for more than 50 years.

He says it’s his understanding that they have not had any charges filed against them and that the investigators were there seeking additional documentation to support the discussion they are having with Sioux Automation.

KIWA Radio has reports that because the building housing Sioux Automation’s administrative offices was locked down on Tuesday — as up to 30 federal agents went through company files — many employees were asked to report to an assembly plant north of Sioux Center.

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10 Responses to “FBI Searches Sioux Center Business”

  1. Peter VanGriffin says:

    Allegedly a certain employee from said company “bought out the company pension” by getting the board to rubber stamp the transaction. Then said employee bought up land like it was going out of style. History repeats itself, http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F3/23/23.F3d.1470.93-3109.html In the end the hard working employee’s of S.A.C. will suffer the consequences of this individual.

    • Honesty is a virtue says:

      You do know how publishing “rumors”, whether true or not, can affect you, correct? (It can land you in court). Leave the gossip at home and leave the news to the reporters.

      And how about you quit posting a fake name (“Van” does not precede “Griffin”; nice try at attempting to bash the dominant ethnicity of NWIA).

      GROW UP!

      • Sue says:

        Honesty.. how was he bashing the dominaint ethnicity of NW Iowa? Frankly, who cares?? I don’t see you using your name either. This story has nothing to do with a persons heritage.

      • Delmer VanderDePlaatsmaBrinkenHaan says:

        1. Assuming by “rumors” you are referring to defamation, it will only “land you in court” if the information is proven to be false, causes harm, and was done without adequate research. The fact that you are reading these comments and posting tells us that you yourself are also part of the gossip culture which makes up the “dominant ethnicity of NWIA.”

        2. Are you tying to tell us that your real name is “Honesty is a virtue?”

        • Honesty is a virtue says:

          I’m not using someone else’s name (he is). He makes snarky comments with another’s name so as to insinuate feelings about the ethnicity of the author. He’ll use “VanGriffithsma” as well; he’s clearly doing it with a purpose. It’d be like me writing “Jose de Leon” and making comments to stir up feelings toward Hispanics.

      • Harry Sheets says:

        I thought we had rights in this fine country we live in, like our first right, freedom of speech. Peter did write allegedly, so I really don’t think your scare tactics would hold any water in a court of law.
        So here is what I Think, and not saying it is true, and not meaning to bash anybody,I just have a hunch. Mr _ and the stamping crew deliberately devalued this employee owned company, this company made it through the farm crisis of the 80’s. I have so many questions, Why would someone want to devalue this company?maybe to buy it cheap, who owns this company now? Who is all on the stamping crew? Why on earth would the stamping crew go along with this? could it be they were getting a nice bonus while they were laying people off and having pay cuts to the hard working people that made this company? sounds a little like the Enron thingy dont it? I did hear an estimate
        that the stocks dropped about 80 to 90% in a four years. If this is true, how would you like to think you could retire then find out that you only have about 10% of what you had, and the president of the company is building a mansion on the golf course,built a big machine shed lined with really nice farm equipment and alot of land to go with it.I would be mad as hell. So i guess we will let the reporters do there job and see if they can find the truth. and oh yeah by the way
        “honesty is a virtue”Why do you think the Feds would come in like they did on a” CIVIL ISSUE” hmm???? to me that dont sound right.This is just my thoughts opinions and questions, not meaning to hurt anyone, take it for what is worth.

        • Honesty is a virtue says:

          I never said it was a “civil” issue (nor did I quote it as such). I don’t have a stake in this, and I’m sure “Peter” doesn’t either, so spouting off “rumors” on a news site is just nasty. And yes, this is America and we still have Freedom of Speech (for now, anyway).

  2. Doug says:

    Very informational reading in the link provided by the first poster. To borrow a word from the first line in the story, something or someone is definitely “sketchy”.

  3. wwjd says:

    For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
    ― Mother Teresa

    “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
    If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
    If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway
    ― Mother Teresa

  4. wwjd says:

    “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered: Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
    ― Mother Teresa

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