Case Heritage

Company History
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.


1842 – Jerome I. Case founded his company in Racine, Wisconsin USA.

1869 – Case constructed the first portable steam engine, leading to the birth of road construction. Original machine on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. USA, for its significance in advancing the era of mechanical power.

1912 – Case manufactured complete line of road-building equipment, including graders and compaction units.

1957 – Case purchased Indiana-based American Tractor Corporation, a small, privately held firm that was developing a hydraulically powered backhoe to attach to its crawler units. At the same time, Case was developing a prototype industrial-wheel tractor designed to accommodate a backhoe on the rear and a loader on the front. By spring of 1957, Case successfully merged the technologies and introduced the landmark Case Model 320, the industry’s first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe.

Also in 1957, Case began offering “in-house” financing solutions to its customers through Case Credit. Case Credit, which today is a division of CNH Capital, provides financial services to customers purchasing, leasing and insuring equipment through established dealer networks located primarily in North America, Australia and Europe.

1969 – Case purchased the rights to produce multi-purpose skid steer loaders. Production began in Burlington, Iowa, but moved to Wichita, Kansas, in the 1980s.

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

1988 – Case loader/backhoes were listed by Fortune magazine among the “100 Products America Makes Best.”

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

1994 – Case made its initial public offering and introduced its new brand identity.

1995 – Case initiated co-branding and supply agreements with several key suppliers, including Alitec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of power attachments; FFC, a major manufacturer of application attachments; and JRB Company, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality quick couplers and attachments.

1997 – Case acquired bor-mor and began production, sale and support of Case horizontal directional drills, including self-propelled models and the industry’s only skid steer-mounted HDD unit.

In the spring of 1997, Case introduced its XT skid steers, the most powerful lineup on the market, with industry-leading lift, breakout force and hydraulic attachment


1998 – Case expanded its supply agreement with Sumitomo to offer excavator solutions to customers worldwide.

Also in 1998, Case became the first manufacturer to offer ride control on loader/backhoes, as well as the first to offer ride control on skid steers.

1999 – Case merged with New Holland to become part of CNH Global, which markets several of the world’s leading brands of construction and agricultural equipment.

1999 – Case introduced a broad lineup of new products, including its C Series wheel loaders, 60 Series horizontal directional drills, G Series rough-terrain forklifts, 9007B excavator and 688G telescopic handler.

2000 – Case introduced its new H Series crawler dozers, featuring the Case-exclusive PowerTurn, redesigned transmissions and components engineered to withstand extreme wear and tear.

In 2000, Case also manufactured the 100,000th skid steer in its popular 1800 Series line.

And Case introduced its new M Series loader/backhoes, with revolutionary improvements including the Pro Control System, exclusive backhoe hydraulic quick coupler, high-visibility cab and increased loader lift power.

2001 – Case introduced the first of its CX excavators, powerful new “thinking machines,” designed to enhance productivity through onboard intelligence features.

2004 – Case launched pilot controls on the popular M Series 2 tractor loader/backhoe models.

2005 – Case launched the new 400 series skid steer loader with industry leading productivity and reliability, and improvements to the already superior serviceability features on previous series.

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

2005 – Case incorporated its legal entity to signify its focus on the customers served in the over 150 countries where the Case brand is sold and supported.

2006 – Case launched compact track loaders for those customers requiring the same performance as Case skid steer loaders, but with less ground pressure.

2007 – Case celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe, and raised significant funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity non-profit group.

2007 – Case introduced 7-yard wheel loader, 1221E, to extend its broad wheel loader offering, and support customers growing needs.

2008 – Jerome I Case inducted into the Construction Hall of Fame by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers because of his significant contributions to the construction industry.

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