This year marked the monumental milestone of the 175th anniversary for Case IH. Jim Walker, Case IH vice president, NAFTA, reflects on the anniversary year and shares a positive outlook for 2018.
“Case IH is more than just Case and IH — it’s about the combined legacies and values of equipment companies, dealerships and farms that never settle for anything but the best,” Walker said. “Building on the strength of what Case IH is today, we have a lot of possibilities in front of us.”
The history of Case IH goes back to 1842 when Jerome Increase Case founded Racine Threshing Machine Works to produce a revolutionary machine to speed up the separation of grain after harvest. This legacy combines with that of other historic agriculture equipment manufacturers to make the company Case IH is today.
“Over time, our company grew, diversified and acquired different businesses. Throughout this rich history, there continue to be three principles — innovative engineering, agronomic design and efficient Power — that guide us in everything we do,” Walker said.
Looking ahead to 2018, “Case IH is not backing off our investment in research and development,” Walker said. “We’re committed to finding new ways to help producers be more productive and profitable.”
Through a Customer Driven Product Design (CDPD) process, Case IH continues to bring new equipment to market — even through the downturn in the ag economy. Four of these products have been recognized by the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers (ASABE) for 2018 AE50 awards, including:
- Trident 5550 liquid/dry combination applicator
- Steiger series tractor with new CVXDrive continuously variable transmission
- 2140 Early Riser planter with in-cab split-row lift system
- Nutri-Placer 930 fertilizer applicator with new High-speed Low Disturbance (HSLD) coulter