In 1929, Allen R. Flink established Flink Company as a farm implement dealership in Streator, Illinois. In the 1930’s, ideas for the first machine to spread agricultural lime were evolving in Mr. Flink’s mind, with the first few spreaders being produced in 1938. They provided enough advantages over previous methods for spreading lime that truckers, doing custom spreading, would travel long distances to have a spreader installed at Flink.
In 1941, Flink was establishing national distribution and excellent progress was made, until wartime regulations restricted production. However, between 1941 & 1943 the spreaders were adapted and used for ice & snow control. On Labor Day, 1943, a high priority was assigned to Flink spreaders so that units could be produced for use on military bases and wartime production facilities.