Allischalmers.com – Unofficial Site Keeps Memory of Historic Company Alive
The Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company opened for business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1840s but more than 70 years later shifted focus to sales of farming equipment. The allischalmers.com website, entitled “Unofficial Allis,” pays homage to the company’s success, but a disclaimer posted on every page informs readers the site holds no affiliation to the original manufacturing company or any subsequent purchasers. The business went on to modernize and improve farm supplies and tools with creative inventions which resulted in Allis-Chalmers’ elevation to one of the biggest manufacturers in North America. Hard times, however, struck the company in 1985, forcing the owners to sell to Germany’s K-H-Hertz AG. That company sold the business to AGCO in 1990. Allis-Chalmers maintained a separate office in Wisconsin until 1999.
According to allischalmers.com, AGCO expanded into Europe and South America with much success. In 2004, the business gained entry into the exclusive, respected listing of Fortune 500 companies. The Unofficial Allis site has an online store where individuals can purchase books and service and operator manuals for past tractor models. Other products for sale include t-shirts, jackets, hats and sweatshirts that boldly display the historic Allis-Chalmers logo. Another site page lists children’s playthings for sale like toy tractors and bulldozers, as well as, flatbeds and crawlers made in the image of the machinery produced in decades past.
Helpful resources for site visitors available on allischalmers.com include a directory of businesses that sell Allis parts and supplies, and a listing of antique tractor shows with their dates, locations and contact information for event organizers.