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A Brief History About CASE

I've read a bit of discrepancy as to exact dates whether 1842 or 1844 was when Jerome Increase Case opened his first factory in Racine, WI and began manufacturing threshing machines.  It operated as the J. I. Case Company until 1880 at which time it became the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company, Inc.  They built their first steam engine in 1869 which was moved around by horses.  By 1876, they had developed their first steam tractor engine.  J. I. Case founded the J I Case Plow Company, Inc in1878 and concentrated his efforts in this area until his death in 1891.  The first Case farm tractor appeared on the scene in 1892.  Following Case's death, the two companies, which now had no common ownership or management shared the same factory until 1928.  Massey-Harris purchased the Plow Company, and the Threshing Machine Company purchased all rights to the Case name from Massey-Harris. 

During the development stages of tractor production for both of Case's Companies, it is important to note two completely opposing strategies.  The Plow Company, although beginning its tractor manufacturing period with the large and cumbersome Wallis Bear, is widely credited with designing one of the first true row-crop tractors in the "Wallis Cub".  The Threshing Company stayed with the giant traction engine concept well into the 1900's. 

In 1984, the company joined with International Harvestor to form Case/IH.