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RUSTY’S WEIGH SCALES & SERVICE INC. IS THE REGIONS LARGEST INDUSTRIAL SCALE SERVICE AND MANUFACTURER COMPANY. THE LUBBOCK BASED FIRM OFFERS A COMPLETE LINE OF INDUSTRIAL SCALE EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES AT A COMPETITIVE PRICE.
Weigh Scales & Service, Inc. sells
industrial scales, has developed modern computerized methods for scale
automation and data collection, fabricates and manufactures customized scales,
and provides scale service, repair, calibration, and certification.
The company also offers similar services for cranes, including hoist and
sling instrumentation and testing for compliance.
SD "Rusty" Jones
did not plan originally to create the region’s largest scale company.
In fact, he worked for 17 years for a competitor who transferred the
Plainview native to Lubbock in 1982 to operate the company shop.
Agriculture setbacks that year forced the company to downsize and Jones
was without a job seven months later.
Besides the company’s main office in Lubbock, Rusty’s Weigh operates
Wichita Falls, Clovis, New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Enid, Oklahoma and services a customer base that extends from
Colorado in the north to the Rio Grande Valley in the south and from Dallas in
the east to Arizona in the west. The company
is licensed in Texas, New Mexico,
Colorado and Oklahoma and has provided customer services in Missouri,
Utah, Calgary, Canada, and as far away as Argentina,
Africa and Brazil.
Typical customers include cotton gins, warehouses, and cotton oil processors; the fertilizer industry; feedlots; meatpacking and processing plants; grain elevators and terminals; oil field service companies; refineries; road construction companies; chemical companies; and food processors. One recent growth area has been providing scales to the growing number of dairies that are relocating in eastern New Mexico and western Texas from California, Arizona, Wisconsin and East Texas.
company’s scales are frequently used in the commodity business where weight is
the underlying mechanism through which goods are exchanged.
Its products are also useful in mixing concrete to different engineering
specifications and in conducting a running inventory of materials for oil field
The company’s largest product is a 400,000-pound railroad scale. Its most unusual product is a truck scale that weighs up to 200,000 pounds per axle for a three-axle, off-road vehicle used at a uranium mine in New Mexico.
we build is constructed from the serviceman’s point of view,” Jones says. “The
primary people in this company started in service and came up through service,
so all of our equipment is built to be serviceable in the field.”
company’s scales have become high-tech instruments.
For example, Rusty's Weigh developed an automated system for use in a
cattle feedlot to unload the proper amount of feed for penned cattle.
Feed trucks are equipped with an onboard scale, transponder, and
communications equipment that utilizes modern computer technology to
automatically measure the correct amount of feed for the appropriate pen of
Weigh also developed a breakthrough system for cotton gins that enables ginners
to tie the seed weight in cotton directly to the bale or module being ginned.
The old system simply measured seed by volume, and there was no accurate
way to correlate the seed and the lint after separation through ginning.
“This is something that needed to be done a long time ago for the
farmer,” Jones explained.
farmer watched how much fertilizer he used, watched his water and the crop, then
got to the gin and had no control over what happened.
We’re weighing the seed on a legal-for-trade scale now.
We’re doing it automatically, and we can tie it back directly to the
bale the farmer brought in.”
scales are the fairest method of protecting both the seller and the buyer.
However, the condition of many older scales in use today does not
necessarily provide accurate measurement,” Jones notes.
His company is the only scale manufacturer in the area to provide scale
In November 2003, Rusty's Weigh discontinued
heavy capacity manufacturing (truck and rail road scales). Mettler Toledo joined
forces with Rusty's Weigh to supply heavy capacity to laboratory to West Texas.
Through the innovative designs facilitated by Mettler Toledo and commitment to
providing the best weighing equipment in the world, from the world's largest
Rusty's Weigh Scales & Service, Inc. has achieved success by providing a total
solution to customer needs.
Excerpts from 1994 Interview with SD "Rusty" Jones for Lubbock: City of Land
and Sky Publication
Excerpts from 1994 Interview with SD "Rusty" Jones for Lubbock: City of Land and Sky Publication