This second location of the Cheney Weeder Company manufactured Rotary Rod Weeders from 1927 to 1955.
original Cheney Weeder factory was destroyed in a fire on August 8, 1926. The
moved to a new factory building south of town next to the Northern Pacific Railway tracks on
the east side of Cheney-Spangle Road.
1930s, after drought caused the dust bowl in the Midwest, the Rotary Rod Weeder
gained new fans. The newly organized US Soil Conservation Service recognized
the soil conservation properties of leaving the dead weeds or “trash” on the
fields. In 1935, they began using the Rotary Rod Weeder on demonstration farms
throughout the plains states and in Texas.
Cheney's Rotary Rod Weeders were sold all over the world. Soldiers returning home from
World War II reported seeing the weeders in Egypt and Russia. After the Wolfe
brothers' patent expired, the Cheney Weeder Company diversified, but the
company struggled. It was sold in 1952.
The company moved to Spokane in 1955, and soon after, it stopped
making Rotary Rod Weeders. Cheney Weeder continued as a company manufacturing
products for the marine industry, renamed in the 1997 to Metalite Industries.
plant building in Cheney was destroyed during an explosive fire in 1962.