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All's Well At Stone Well

From Upstate New York, Brent Chidsey’s distinctive shoeing bodies spread across the country

It may not be exactly the assembly line of a “Big-3” automaker, but in a short visit to the headquarters of Stone Well Bodies & Equipment in Genoa, N.Y., you can quickly see the basics of how the company’s popular shoeing bodies go together. If you’re lucky enough to visit the day a customer is on hand for a pick-up, you can even see one go from the assembly line to its place on a truck.

Started Small

Brent Chidsey, founder and president of Stone Well, built his first shoeing rig for his own shoeing practice back in 1994. That rig became a rolling advertisement for his work and by 1995, he was building shoeing rigs full time.

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FRAME IN. Stone Well employees use adhesives and clamps as they fasten the body panels to the aluminum frame.

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FRAME UP. The aluminum frame of a Stone Well shoeing body after it has been welded together.

Since that first rig, Stone Well has rolled out more than 800 units, including truck caps, shoeing bodies and tow-behind and goose-neck trailers. The company employs between 12 and 15 workers full-time, depending on the season. Chidsey says he’s hoping to add a few new employees soon. He says business has been good and he wants to be able to continue to deliver his bodies and other equipment in a timely fashion.

In addition to rigs for farriers, Chidsey has built and equipped a number of rigs for equine veterinarians. Stone Well also produces aluminum cabinets…

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