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Case celebrates 175 years in construction

Case Construction Equipment celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding by Jerome Increase Case in 1842 in Wisconsin, USA

Case CE, Racine Threshing Machine Works, was established by Jerome Increase Case (J.I. Case) in 1842 in Wisconsin, USA.
Case CE, Racine Threshing Machine Works, was established by Jerome Increase Case (J.I. Case) in 1842 in Wisconsin, USA.

Case Construction Equipment is celebrating its 175th anniversary since its historical founder Jerome Increase Case (J.I. Case) established Racine Threshing Machine Works in 1842 in Wisconsin, USA.

As with many other companies, the story is one of ingenuity, practicality and entrepreneurship, with Case pioneering equipment and technologies from the early days of steam-powered machines.

Case became an early player in early road-building efforts in the US when it rolled out the industry’s first portable steam engine in 1869, and subsequently launched the industry’s first factory-integrated tractor loader backhoe in 1957.

The company then evolved into the Case Corporation, which merged with New Holland in 1999 to form CNH Global, which is now the fifteenth largest manufacturer of construction equipment globally.

Further milestones punctuate Case’s history: the 500,000th backhoe loader rolled of its production line in 2005, and it has also celebrated almost 60 years of wheel loader excellence, and close to 50 years of skid steer loader development.

J.I. Case is said to have believed in going the extra mile for the customer, and the company’s heritage of innovation has been closely intertwined with a passion for serving the customer by helping them to address their technical challenges.

This belief continues today in Case’s ‘360-degree approach’ of supporting its construction equipment businesses with not just products and services, but teams that have the ability to build long-lasting relationships with its customers.

Case Construction Equipment Historical Highlights

1842: Jerome Increase “J.I.” Case founded Racine Threshing Machine Works in Racine, Wisconsin.

1869: Case produces its first portable steam engine.

1957: The Case Model 320, the first factory-integrated tractor loader backhoe, is introduced.

1967: Case enters excavators

1969: Case enters skidsteer loaders

1999: Merger of Case and New Holland, eventually becoming CNH Industrial in 2013.

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