1953 The company
starts out as a shoe repair business. Edward Shorma opens his “Wahpeton
Shoe Hospital” in the basement of a clothing store in the
small Midwestern town of Wahpeton, North Dakota . Shoe repair spawns
tarp repair, then new tarps, tractor seat repair, new tractor seats
and repair/replacement of swather belts.
1969 The company
moves to a remodeled seed and feed building and enters into the
wood business. A growing demand for the wooden cleats on swather
belts results in the creation of Wahpeton Canvas Company - and a
whole new line of products.
1973 The company’s
40-person work force presses the limits of its downtown location.
A new steel building is constructed north of town, with such luxuries
as a loading dock, office space and a steel fabrication shop.
1975 In just
a few years, the company has expanded to producing original equipment
seats, campstools, cots and veneer-wrapped wood for interior and
exterior house trim.
1980 The Original
Shur-Lok® Roll Tarp is born.
1992 Ed Shorma’s
children purchase the truck cover division of Wahpeton Canvas Company
from their father and relocate it to Yankton, South Dakota. The
move allows Ed to expand the wood division in Wahpeton and positions
the Yankton plant for increased growth.
1996 A name
change more closely identifies the company - now Shur-Co.® –
with its most successful product, the Shur-Lok® Roll Tarp.
2000 The Original
TruXedo® is introduced.
is chosen South Dakota Family Business of the Year. Loyal customers,
a state-of-the-art facility, short lead times and quality products,
plus eight nationwide locations make Shur-Co.® the largest tarp-manufacturing
company in the U.S. and all of North America .
2003 the TruXedo®
Lo Pro is introduced to our line of products.