Industrial Heritage


An impressive history of one of Wisconsin’s best known companies. This book features historical information, photographs, and first person accounts of the company known as Allis Chalmers.

In the spring of 1846, an ambitious young New Yorker names Edward P. Allis arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to begin a long and distinguished business career. By the 1880’s, he had built the Edward P. Allis Company into a leading manufacturer of steam engines, sawmills, and milling machines, the forerunner of today’s Allis-Chalmers Corporation.

This volume traces the development of Allis-Chalmers from the first products of the “Reliance Works” to the diversified international corporation of the 1970’s. The personalities who led the business through industrial, economic, and political cycles — Edward Allis, Edwin Reynolds, Otto Falk, David Scott, and others — are included, as are the major technological advances and inventions which have kept the company in the forefront of world industrial development over the years.

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