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Machines of Plenty: Chronicle of an Innovator in Construction and Agricultural Equipment
Machines of Plenty Chronicle of an Innovator in Construction and Agricultural Equipment Author:Stewart H. Holbrook "Jerome Increase Case was twenty-three years old in 1842 when he stood on a dock at Oswego, New York, awaiting the ship that was to take him by the Weiland Canal to Chicago. There was nothing vague about his plans. Unlike so many other young men heading west in '42, Case knew his goal. It wasn't Chicago. He was going to Chicago simply because th... more »at was the point where he could best take off for Rochester, Wisconsin. He was going to Rochester because he had read i1,1 agricultural journals that Rochester was the center of a new and wonderful wheat country. He wanted to be in wheat country because he meant to be a thresherman" (Chapter three).
J. I. Case went on to become the "Threshing Machine King," and his firm, later known as the J I Case Company, based in Racine, Wisconsin, served the farmers of a prospering country.
Case became a major agricultural equipment manufacturer during the last half of the 19th century, and pioneered in the development of threshing machines, combines, and steam engines put to agricultural use.
The JI Case Company today is a major producer of construction equipment as well as agricultural tractors. Case and its divisions are well established in the field of four-wheel and two-wheel drive agricultural tractors and digging equipment, ranging from its Davis trenchers and Drott excavators to Case loader/backhoes.
Jerome Increase Case, his successors, and their machines of plenty account for an important part of the dynamic history of a highly competitive industry--an industry that has continually advanced technology in order to meet the increasing needs of a growing global society.« less