Seeking general info on the Tractomotive Corp. located in the northern Chicago suburbs circa 1950. Started by "Van" Dobeus with some Allis-Chalmers investors and sold circa (?) to Allis Chalmers. "Van" was former Chief Engineer at Allis Chalmers Springfield and had a brother Joseph, owner of Lakefield Manufacturing, Milwaukee. Manufactured bldes and loaders for earth movong equipment.
Re: Tractomotive in reply to Gilbert Lamb, 11-27-1999 05:21:02
Tracto-motive built equipment for other companys and was buoght out by AC if I remember right / like henry co / was incorparated under AC line to suplement ther designs / HD-5 G many people think is a tracto-motive / that tag on loader is mounted in such prominence on loader frame .. Coke in MN try the AC storry by Swendel for reff.
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