Company History and Milestones

Case Construction Equipment’s rich, proud history spans more than 170 years, and we continue to make history and help build legacies around the globe today.
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.
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 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 manufactured a complete line of road-building equipment, including graders and steam rollers for compacting road surfaces.
Case introduced the landmark Case Model 320, the industry’s first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe.
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 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe with the introduction of the 580D.
Case loader/backhoes were listed by Fortune magazine among the "100 Products America Makes Best."
Case celebrated its sesquicentennial year and dedicated its new operations building at the company's headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.
Case initiated co-branding and supply agreements with several key suppliers for power and application attachments as well as quick couplers.
Case manufactured its 500,000th tractor loader/backhoe – a unique milestone for the entire construction industry.
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 became the first construction equipment manufacturer to offer both selective catalytic reduction and cooled exhaust gas recirculation as solutions toward meeting stringent emissions standards.
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.