A Taco Restaurant – That’s where the idea to apply steam to hay came from. Staheli West, Inc. was founded by Dave Staheli while managing Brent Hunter Farms in Cedar City, Utah...
The Summer of 1994 was hot and dry, and Dave was tired of not having any natural dew. The hay had been sitting in the field for weeks. He was faced with the decision to bale dry hay that would shatter the leaves and lower the value of the hay or continue to wait and risk further loss of quality. After seeking inspiration from above, he recalled seeing a tortilla steamer at a taco restaurant and the idea to apply steam to hay was born. He grabbed a box of dry hay from the field and took it into the kitchen, where he used his wife’s pressure cooker to produce steam. Dave was amazed at how the steam softened the hay without making it too wet.
In 1996, after much trial and error, Dave successfully developed the first steamer that would be placed between a tractor and baler. It worked great and the results were better than he’d imagined. Dave used one of the original steamers on the farm for 12 years.
In 2008, Dave completely redesigned the steamer and built the first DewPoint 6110. In 2010, Staheli West built the first five DewPoint machines in Hunter’s hay barn for commercial sale.
Although Dave doesn’t manage the farm anymore, he never forgets where he came from and how he got here. He gives credit to God for blessing him with the inspiration to invent a machine that improves people’s lives.