Open Source Tractor Plows Small Farm Circuit
After a disappointing rebuff from the Republic of Cuba last fall on its proposal to assemble tractors in the Mariel Special Development Zone, Cleber LLC has refocused by doing business in five new countries while increasing marketing efforts in the U.S.
Oggún can not plow: Cuba's bureaucrats slow down investors by Von Denis Düttmann
Robust, cheap, easy to repair: The Cleber tractors could help Cuban agriculture. But the US company is not allowed to settle on the Caribbean island. A lesson on the hurdles for foreign investors in Cuba.
Bluff Country News
April 12, 2017
It’s called the Oggun (Oh-goon), and it’s a different take on the farm tractor than many folks in agriculture may be used to. Southeast Minnesota residents got their first look at the new tractor during a showcase event at Featherstone Farms
Small Farm Update
Oggun Tractor teams up with USAID Soybean Innovation Lab
Here in the U.S., agricultural technology means one farmer can easily work hundreds of acres solo. Most Americans, though, have lost touch with our agrarian roots, and almost none of us are faced with the choice of growing our own food or not having anything to eat.
Locky Catron graduated from Iowa State University with an Agricultural Business degree and joined the three-person Cleber, LLC, team in Alabama. Her experiences working both in Big Ag and on organic farms led her to have a passion for regional food systems and a more diversified agriculture.
Heritage Radio Network
February 28, 2017
The Oggun tractor, which will be manufactured in Fyffe, was developed for farmers domestically and in the developing world as a low-cost alternative to heavy farm equipment.
November 30, 2016
CNBC 'Power Lunch'
November 15, 2016
The tractor, called Oggun, is based on an open-source manufacturing model that uses off-the-shelf components. The base structure of the unit, called the Universal Power Platform, is centered around existing engine technology, hydraulic pumps, motors, and hubs, according to a data sheet about the machine. Modeled after the Allis-Chalmers Model G...
June 17, 2016
At first glance, it may look like an Allis Chalmers Model G, the iconic orange single-row tractor for small growers of yesteryear. But upon further inspection, this is not your grandfather’s tractor. This is something different, something
completely modern and innovative...
November 1, 2016
Two ex-IBMers are building a big red machine in a low-tech nation. “Come on, boy! Get dressed! We got to go!” yells Horace Clemmons. He’s heckling his longtime friend and business associate, Saul Berenthal, who sits cross-legged on a leather chair in the living room of Clemmons’s home in Paint Rock, Alabama. It’s a Tuesday in mid-April, and the duo is scheduled to give a presentation to a group of local investors about their new business, CleBer...
June 9, 2016
In early 2016, tiny Alabama-based Cleber, LLC managed to conquer two Goliaths with one stone. It became the first American company to receive authorization from both the US and Cuba to set up a manufacturing operation on the island’s Mariel Special Development Zone.
April 14, 2016
Frugal Innovation Scores Another Victory in Cuba: Lessons from an Embargo-Busting Small Tractor Company
Major interest moves Southeast tractor company to expand plans. Originally was making single-row tractors for Cuban market. Need a $10,000 single-row tractor to work small farm acreage? You’ll probably want to check out Alabama-based tractor manufacturer CleBer, LLC.
Delta Farm Press
May 27, 2016
The Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2016
Hard Realities Cloud Dreams of Businesses Hoping to Enter Cuba
When President Obama travels to Cuba next month — the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years — it will mark a historic step on the path to normalizing relations with the island nation. While Obama is in Havana, two U.S. businessmen are hoping the president might spend some time with them — or even take a seat on a prototype of the tractor they plan to assemble and sell in Cuba.
NPR: All Things Considered
February 22, 2016
Two engineers, who met 40 years ago when they worked at IBM, have founded a tractor company, and are planning to build the first U.S. plant in Cuba since 1959 • Their Oggun tractor is “blockade proof,” based on an Open Source Manufacturing Model, that is, easily acquired off-the-shelf components...
April 11, 2016