Massey Ferguson has been around since 1847, when Daniel Massey opened a workshop to build simple farm implements in Newcastle, Ontario.
Daniel Massey was a farmer. And like all farmers, he wore many caps – manager, businessman, family man, tradesman and entrepreneur. He was an inventor who loved farming.
The farm implement business went well for Massey.
At the same time, another Ontario man, Alanson Harris, established a foundry to make and repair farm machinery. Both Massey and Harris became leading names in harvesting equipment and eventually merged in 1891.
The Massey-Harris Company joined forces about half a century later with a smart Irish engineer named Harry Ferguson. He revolutionized tractor design with his innovative three-point hitch. Why? Because for the first time, the tractor and implement could work as one unit. This still applies to just about all agricultural tractors today.
The new company formed in 1953 was called Massey-Harris-Ferguson Limited. About five years later, the name was shortened to Massey Ferguson.
The latest change came in 1995, whe US-based AGCO Corporation bought Massey-Ferguson.
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