In 1926 IH’s Farmall Works began production in a new plant in Rock Island, Illinois, built solely to produce the new Farmall tractor. By 1930, the 100,000th Farmall was produced. IH next set their sights on introducing a true ‘general-purpose’ tractor designed to satisfy the needs of the average US family farmer. In 1974, the 5 millionth IHC tractor was produced at the Rock Island Farmall plant.
By 1981 the company’s finances were at their lowest point ever. A strike, accompanied by the economy and internal corporate problems, had placed IH in a hole that had only a slim way out. Things only got worse until 1984, when the bitter end came.
International Harvester, following long negotiations, agreed to sell its agricultural products division to Tenneco, Inc. on November 26, 1984. Tenneco had a subsidiary, J.I. Case, that manufactured tractors, but lacked the full line of farm implements that IH produced.
Following the merger, tractor production at Harvester’s Rock Island, Illinois Farmall Works ceased in May 1985. Production of the new Case IH tractors moved to the J.I. Case Tractor Works in Racine, Wisconsin.
A demolition crew knocks down a wall of the former International Harvester’s Farmall Works in Rock Island on December 19, 2007.
In the summer of 2008, the Brick from this demolished 82 year old Landmark was delivered to 121 Highlands Drive in Oxford, MS.