This week’s artifact comes from a long-time native employer. It’s fabricated from stamped aluminum and was meant for use as a tray or an ashtray. It celebrates 25 years of backhoe manufacturing in Burlington.
J. I. Case Co., now Case New Holland, was based in 1842. Initially often known as the Racine Threshing Machine Works in Racine, Wisconsin, Case designed and constructed a brand new grain threshing machine that might do the work 10 occasions sooner than the hand powered machines of the time. The machines proved widespread, so Mr. Case elevated the scale of his plant and started promoting them on credit score. Over time, Mr. Case would develop the J. I. Case firm a number of extra occasions and ultimately moved into manufacturing building tools in addition to farm tools.
The corporate determined to maneuver to the Burlington location between 1930 and 1940, taking up a former furnishings manufacturing facility situated alongside Des Moines Avenue with quick access to each the river and railroad tracks, in addition to what would turn out to be Highways 99 and 34, which made delivery their merchandise simpler. They retooled the previous manufacturing facility to suit their wants, after which expanded a number of occasions till they achieved the present format. Nonetheless, they didn’t all the time made backhoes. Throughout WWII, they made bomber wings, along with combines and different farmer tools.
In 1957, Case began to fabricate backhoes within the Burlington plant, ultimately changing into the self-proclaimed Backhoe Capital of the world by manufacturing nearly all of the backhoes that had been produced on the earth at that location within the 70s and 80s. The truth is, in 1982, Case celebrated 25 years of backhoe manufacturing with a optimistic whirl of commemorative memorabilia, together with a silver backhoe.
Case ultimately would merge with Worldwide Harvester, however it nonetheless stays the most important producer of backhoes on the earth. And the overwhelming majority of them are made proper right here in Burlington, Iowa.
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