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Heritage

Heritage

The 175-year history of CASE Construction Equipment is a source of great pride and commitment.

Emerging in the late nineteenth century, the company formed around the innovative practicality of J.I. CASE in the field of steam engines. Over the following decades, the company began to pioneer equipment for road construction and in doing so helped to ‘pave the world’.

By the beginning of the early twentieth century, CASE had established itself as the leading manufacturer of construction equipment. Continuing to grow and prosper, CASE goes on building our business, our reputation and the world we live in.


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CASE IS FOUNDED
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.

Old Abe becomes company mascot
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.

CASE MAKES FIRST PORTABLE STEAM ENGINE
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.

CASE manufactures road building equipment
1912

CASE manufactures road building equipment

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

CASE builds first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe
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.

CASE begins skid steer loader production
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.

CASE celebrates 25th anniversary of the loader/backhoe
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.

CASE recognized by Fortune magazine
1988

CASE recognized by Fortune magazine

CASE loader/backhoes were listed by Fortune magazine among the "100 Products America Makes Best."

CASE celebrates 150-year anniversary
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.

CASE expands attachment offering
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.

Case makes its 500,000th loader/backhoe
2005

Case makes its 500,000th loader/backhoe

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

JI CASE is inducted into Hall of Fame
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.

CASE leads Tier 4 solutions
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.

Long Enters Hall of Fame
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.

Tier 4 Final launched
2013

Tier 4 Final launched

CASE enters into new licensing agreement with Sumitomo to manufacture excavators in its plants
2014

CASE enters into new licensing agreement with Sumitomo to manufacture excavators in its plants

To honor its heritage, the brand updates its icon to symbolize the CASE attitude and approach
2016

To honor its heritage, the brand updates its icon to symbolize the CASE attitude and approach

175 Years of History
2017

175 Years of History

New C-series mini excavators launch.

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