The year 2016 marked the 70th anniversary for two recognized companies of the American construction equipment industry. They are: Gradall Industries, Inc. and the Badger Equipment Company. These companies were part of what was once the Construction Equipment Group of the Warner & Swasey Company.
A bold statement by Warner & Swasey exemplifies the success of this equipment business in a 1960 product advertisement; “We are producing the World’s Largest Line of Hydraulic Excavators.” Jim Grant has well documented this book which presents the full history of the five divisions of that company; Duplex Trucks, Gradall Excavators, Hopto and Hydro-Scopic Excavators, Sargent Hydra-Tower Cranes, and Arbomatik tree harvesting equipment.
For the reader, Jim has unearthed the “historical roots” of each of these companies which are well described in seven detailed chapters with 188 photographs and 14 full page charts of business and product information.