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McCormick Tractor Factory

Rock Island, Illinois

In 1926 construction began on the huge McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Farmall tractor factory, built solely to produce Farmall tractors. It covered over 50 acres with over 5,000 employees in its prime. The factory produced the 5,000,000 Farmall tractors in 1974. It was quite a facility with generations of workers building tractors. For more on the factory click here.

Champion Demolition, under project manager Rick Tooker's supervision, carefully dismantled the factory, recycling over 90% of the entire facility. Pioneer Millworks recovered several loads of antique timbers in a variety of species from the oldest parts of the factory. On arrival one wall, covered in murals, was still intact. The Pioneer Millworks crew captured pictures of the old artwork.