Grand Island Plant Celebrates 50 Years of Operations
27 Jul 2015
RACINE, Wis. — Case IH celebrated an important milestone in Nebraska this weekend, marking 50 years of operations at its Grand Island plant during an event on Saturday, July 25. Today the plant produces Case IH Axial-Flow combines equipped with the industry’s largest grain tanks, engines and fuel tanks to match.
“Our brand is very proud of Grand Island’s accomplishments and their specialized expertise in world-class combine manufacturing which they have developed over the last half century,” said Eric Shuman, Case IH Sr. Director for Harvesting. “The Grand Island plant has been manufacturing Case IH Axial-Flow combines for the past 12 years and we have driven major advancements during that time both in the product design and manufacturing processes.”
Photo caption: The modern Case IH combines of today originated in Grand Island, Neb.
Axial-Flow combine manufacturing started in Grand Island with the
introduction of the AFX8010 series in 2003. The following year
manufacturing of the 2388 Axial-Flow combine series relocated from East
Moline, Ill. to Grand Island.
“Our modern combines started with
Grand Island. Over the past decade, we’ve consistently focused on
maximizing uptime for the customer, so this has led to a lot of
improvements since the 2388. To minimize stopping during narrow
harvesting windows, we increased the grain tank size over the years by
200 bushels to 410 on our current flagship 9240 combine as well as
increasing the fuel tank size from 180 gallons to 317 gallons to give
customers a full day of harvesting without stopping to refuel.
the same time period, horsepower increased from 280 back in 2004 to 550
today thanks to the new Case IH FPT 15.9L engine. The patented SCR
technology in today’s combines allows for maximum horsepower without
compromising efficiency, resulting in better performance, increased fuel
efficiency, lower operating temperatures, and greater reliability and
“As a Case IH Center of Excellence, Grand Island
also hosts product design and testing alongside manufacturing to ensure
that we incorporate customer requirements and feedback into production
as quickly and efficiently as possible.” This product specialization
centered in Grand Island has led to many awards since production of Case
IH Axial-Flow combines began there. Just last year the Case IH
Axial-Flow 230 series earned recognition for its innovative design in
the USA, Spain, and the United Kingdom for the best-in-class grain
handling system and a ground-breaking pivoting grain spout, features
developed in Grand Island. We anticipate similar accolades when the new
2016 model year combines launch this fall,” says Shuman.
For more information about Axial-Flow 140 and 240 series combines, contact your local Case IH dealer or visit www.caseih.com.
IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to
collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful,
productive, reliable equipment — designed to meet today’s agricultural
challenges. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a
network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries.
Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial
service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers
and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional
dealers and distributors. Productivity-enhancing products include
tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage
tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators;
site-specific farming tools; and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of
CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI).
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