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Inventor Jerome Increase Case founded Case in Racine in 1842 to build threshing machines. Later, the company gained global recognition as the first builder of steam engines for agricultural use, eventually becoming the world's largest maker of steam engines. By 1912, Case had established itself in the construction equipment industry as a manufacturer of road-building equipment, such as steam rollers and road graders. The company built its construction equipment business through several acquisitions, starting with American Tractor Corporation in 1957. By the mid-1990s, Case had expanded to become the world's leading manufacturer of light- to medium-sized construction equipment. In 1999, Case merged with New Holland to become CNH Global, marketing several of the world's leading brands of construction and agricultural equipment.

Company Milestones


1842 - Case is founded
Jerome Increase Case founded the Racine Threshing Machine Works in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. The company's threshing machines were capable of threshing 10 times more wheat than the existing hand-powered method.

1865 - Old Abe becomes company mascot
In 1865, Old Abe began his career as the most famous bird in construction and agriculture history as the trademark of J.I. Case Company.

1869 - Case makes first portable steam engine
Case constructed the first portable steam engine, leading to the birth of road construction. The original machine is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

1912 - Case manufactures road-building equipment
Case manufactured a complete line of road-building equipment, including graders and steam rollers for compacting road surfaces.

1957 - Case builds first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe
Case introduced the landmark Case Model 320, the industry’s first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe.

1969 - Case begins skid steer loader production
Case purchased the rights to produce multi-purpose skid steer loaders. Production began in Burlington, Iowa, but later moved to Wichita, Kansas, where it continues today.

1982 - Case celebrates 25th anniversary of the loader/backhoe
Case celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe with the introduction of the 580D.

1988 - Case recognized by Fortune magazine
Case loader/backhoes were listed by Fortune magazine among the "100 Products America Makes Best."

1992 - Case celebrates 150-year anniversary
Case celebrated its sesquicentennial year and dedicated its new operations building at the company’s headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

1995 - Case expands attachment offering
Case initiated co-branding and supply agreements with several key suppliers for power and application attachments as well as quick couplers.

2005 - Case makes its 500,000th loader/backhoe
Case manufactured its 500,000th tractor loader/backhoe – a unique milestone for the entire construction industry.

2008 - JI Case is inducted into Hall of Fame
Jerome Increase Case inducted into the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for his significant contributions to the construction industry.

2011 - Case leads Tier 4 solutions
Case became the first construction equipment manufacturer to offer both selective catalytic reduction and cooled exhaust gas recirculation as solutions toward meeting stringent emissions standards.

2011 - Long Enters Hall of Fame
Case engineer Elton Long, “father of the loader/backhoe,” is inducted into the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for contributions to the construction industry.