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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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OUR HISTORICAL TIMELINE

EXPERTS FOR
THE REAL WORLD
SINCE 1842

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OUR HISTORICAL TIMELINE
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 enters excavator market
1967

CASE enters excavator market

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 acquires Poclain excavators
1977

CASE acquires Poclain excavators

CASE acquires Drott and enters wheeled excavators market
1981

CASE acquires Drott and enters wheeled excavators market

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 is the first to offer Ride Control on skid steer loaders
1998

CASE is the first to offer Ride Control on skid steer loaders

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.

J.I.Case inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame
2008

J.I.Case inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) 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 manufactures the 250,000th skid steer loader
2010

CASE manufactures the 250,000th skid steer loader

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.

CASE Updates N Series Backhoes
2012

CASE Updates N Series Backhoes

The newly designed N Series backhoe loaders achieve Tier 4 Interim certification while delivering best-in-class breakout force and lift capacity.

CASE ProCare Launch
2013

CASE ProCare Launch

CASE ProCare offers customers the industry's most complete heavy machine coverage including an Advanced SiteWatch telematics subscription, full machine factory warranty and planned maintenance.

CASE Takes Dire States Tour Nationwide
2013

CASE Takes Dire States Tour Nationwide

CASE tours the United States to bring awareness to the challenges facing the nation's aging infrastructure.

M Series Dozer Launch
2013

M Series Dozer Launch

New CASE models boost productivity with best-in-class drawbar pull and powerful horsepower ratings. The new M Series feature industry-exclusive SCR technology to provide powerful and efficient operation.

CASE Expands Manufacturing in Iowa
2014

CASE Expands Manufacturing in Iowa

New M Series dozer production line in Burlington, Iowa will be added to the plant’s existing footprint with an investment of $24 million.

D Series Excavator Launch
2015

D Series Excavator Launch

CASE launches the new D Series crawler excavator lineup. The improved models include the CX210D, the CX250D, the CX250D Long Reach (LR), the CX300D and CX350D and provide significant operational gains.

Industry Leading Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders
2015

Industry Leading Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders

CASE introduces the industry's first Tier 4 Final Compact Track Loaders and Skid Steer Loaders with SCR technology.

Labor of Love Music Festival
2015

Labor of Love Music Festival

CASE hosts the inaugural Labor Day event starring country music star Kip Moore which raised $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Project. CASE employees donated 20 barrels of food to the Veterans Outreach of WI.

CASE raises $10,000 for Team Rubicon
2015-16

CASE raises $10,000 for Team Rubicon

The second annual “Labor of Love Music Festival”, hosted by CASE Construction Equipment and headlined by award winning country music star Chris Young on Labor Day 2016, raised $10,000 for Team Rubicon through its outreach efforts and donations.

175 Years of History
2017

175 Years of History

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