Chairman / Landoll Corporation / 1943 / Inducted 2011
Don Landoll was born an inventor and has designed and manufactured innovative machinery. In 1963 he opened a welding, blacksmith, and radiator repair shop. In 1967 the production of agricultural products with the Landoll brand began. By 1970, Don had designed and patented a unique, innovative trailer which eventually changed the way many transport companies conducted their business. This trailer was capable of ground loading and off-loading equipment, and was known as the traveling axle. Under Don's leadership, the company continues to improve and expand its product lines. Landoll offers products for many segments - construction, agriculture, towing, forklift and military.
Landoll is the largest employer in its community, and Don and his employees have a culture of service, participating in many charitable organizations. Don actively supports industry and business interests to help ensure the strength of manufacturing in his state.
Don's company follows as many sustainable practices as possible - it uses state-of-the-art powder paint systems, and participates in programs to recycle oil, mercury such as in light bulbs, and batteries, for their lead. The company is active in waste and storm water programs and electricity conservation, and it has a paperless invoicing system.
In 2007 Landoll Corporation was among five companies receiving a Regional Governor's Award of Excellence from the State of Kansas. Landoll has also received the U.S. Department of Defense's highest award presented to civilian contractors, the Pro Patria, for his support of the National Guard and Reserves.