Two agricultural technology companies—Redshield Electronics in Ely, Iowa and LSA Autonomy in Maryland—have merged to create MACH, a company seeking to convert farm equipment into self-driving vehicles.
MACH, located in the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, will work with equipment manufacturers to convert tractors and other farming and off-highway equipment into autonomous equipment for farmers.
The two companies involved in the merger both have expertise in different parts of the self-driving vehicle industry. Iowa-based Redshield Electronics worked primarily in the agricultural sector, while Maryland-based LSA Autonomy, LSA was originally established to address autonomy needs across multiple U.S. government sectors, working with clients like the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy.
Colin Hurd will serve as CEO of the newly formed company. Prior to joining MACH, Hurd was the founder and CEO of Smart Ag, a driverless tractor company that was acquired by Raven Industries in late 2019. Raven was then acquired by CNH Industrial in 2021. Hurd stayed with Raven and managed Business Development until earlier this year.
Redshield Electronics was founded and led by Rhett Schildroth, who will stay on at MACH as chief technology officer.
The two companies disclosed the merger to form MACH last month and had been in discussions about merging for over a year. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.