Case Backhoe Loader 50 Year Celebration 19/03/2008

Case Construction Equipment is well known for producing some of the most rugged, reliable and powerful backhoe loaders on the market. With a very high resale value, Case backhoe loaders retain an untouchable position in the excavator market. To celebrate this and their 50 years of backhoe loader production, Case recently celebrated 50 years of Case backhoe loader production with a loader/backhoe contest. They announced eight winners in its 50th Anniversary Loader/Backhoe sales contest. To celebrate, Case awarded four of its top Case dealer sales representatives with awards for achieving the best sales in their region for 2007. They also had a draw selecting four other winners in a random draw. The eight dealer sales representative winners won a three-year lease on a new Ford F-150 pickup truck each.

The 50th anniversary marks the introduction of the first Case 320 backhoe loader released in 1957. This was the worlds first factory-integrated tractor loader/backhoe. This was one of many Case innovations, and the Case 320 is considered the first loader/backhoe purpose built on the Case site for construction applications. Although speculation in to the early beginnings of the Case backhoe loader continues. One of the stories goes back in 1953, at an eqipment show held in the parking lot of the American Tractor Company (ATC) Case engineers had bought their own equipment to display for ATC. This happened to be a Case 300 tractor. The Case men decided that the ATC backhoe would fit well on the 300 tractor. That night they took the Case tractor into the shop and jerry rigged the ATC backhoe to the back of the tractor. Although this was met with critics from Case who said they had mangled the tractor by putting too much weight on it.

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