TERRE HAUTE -- An area manufacturing firm will provide several pieces of material handling equipment to give young visitors to the new Terre Haute Children's Museum agriculture exhibit a hands-on experience with farming.
Larry Yargus, president of Yargus Manufacturing, Inc., Marshall, Ill., said his company will be developing and building a conveyor and three small augers for the exhibit.
"We'll be putting in a conveyor that the kids can operate with a hand crank to show how grain is moved as a part of the process on the farm," Yargus said. "Also, we're looking at donating three small auger systems that can be operated by the kids to carry soybeans or corn or plastic pellets."
The museum's agriculture exhibit, sponsored by a $150,000 donation from the Vigo County Farm Bureau, was announced in April. Yargus Manufacturing is still developing the equipment it will donate, and no dollar value has been placed on the donation yet.
"This material donation will represent a tremendous addition to the value of the development of this outstanding agriculture exhibit," Children's Museum Executive Director Scott Williams said. "We so appreciate Yargus stepping up in support of the museum. This major donation of support from beyond Vigo County reinforces our desire to make the Terre Haute Children's Museum a facility of which the entire Wabash Valley can be proud."
The museum is expected to open in October or November this year.