Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, 1905-1936
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Brief Description: This collection consists of sales literature discussing the company’s products.
Held at:
Historical Construction Equipment Association
16623 Liberty Hi Rd
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Phone: 419-352-5616
Fax: 419-352-6068
Email: tberry [at] hcea.net
Record Series Number: 1/101/10
Created by: Austin-Western (1901-1971), F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company (1888-1934), Western Wheeled Scraper Company (1877-1934)
Volume: 5.0 Items
Arrangement: Records are arranged into groups by company name. Series 1 within each group, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).
Biographical Note for Austin-Western (1901-1971) :

In 1901, F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company and Western Wheeled Scraper Company, which until then had been fierce competitors, formed a selling corporation called Austin-Western Road Machinery Company, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, to market their products. Western Wheeled Scraper purchased the F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company in 1902, renaming it Austin Manufacturing Company, and the three companies operated until 1934. Their exact relationship to one another during these years is uncertain, but is discussed in Issue 80 of Equipment Echoes. Austin and Western products were manufactured and sold under those names, although the Austin-Western name also appeared on machinery, especially in the early 1930s.

In 1934, the two manufacturing companies were consolidated under the name Western-Austin Company, with Austin-Western as a wholly-owned subsidiary; the Austin-Western name was in standard use on the equipment after the merger, although the Western-Austin name also occasionally appeared in conjunction with Austin-Western. Also in 1934, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company moved from Chicago to Aurora, Illinois, and manufacturing operations were consolidated in Aurora in 1939.

On January 1, 1944, all operations were consolidated under the Austin-Western Company  name, the Austin-Western Road Machinery Company was dissolved, and the Western-Austin name was dropped

Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation (Collection 135) acquired Austin-Western as a subsidiary on March 8, 1951. In July of 1965 Armour and Company of Chicago, Illinois, purchased all of the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation of Philadelphia; then in December of 1970, the Greyhound Corporation purchased all of Armour and Company and its subsidiaries.

In May of 1971 the Clark Equipment Company (Collection 252) purchased only the Construction Equipment Division from Greyhound. This consisted of the Austin-Western Division of Aurora, Illinois; the Lima Division of Lima, Ohio; and the Division of BLH Canada located at St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

Clark went on to phase out the Austin-Western name in the mid-1970s, consolidating the line into its Crane Division, then moving production of graders – the last survivor of the line – to the former Hancock Manufacturing Company plant in Lubbock, Texas in 1978. The Lubbock plant was closed and the grader line discontinued in 1981.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.
Subject Index
1904 World’s Fair
Angle dozer
Armour & Company
Aurora, Illinois
Austin-Western
Austin Manufacturing
Autocrat
Auxiliary drum
Backfill board
Badger
Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton
Baltimore & Ohio
Bellevue, Ohio
Bellevue Stone Company
Bin
Bin gate
Bin spout
Bituminous distributor
BLH Canada
Blue Ox
Bottom dump trailer
Bucket conveyor
Bucket elevator
Bull Pup
C. H. Smith & Company
Cab
Cadet
Captain C. H. Smith
Captain W. Beckwith
Car puller
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Chicago, Illinois
Clark Equipment
Cletrac
Cleveland Tractor Company
Combination crusher
Crawler conversion
Crawler dump wagon
Crawler tractor
Culvert
Cutting edge
Deck screen
Dor Austin
Dr. A. W. McClure
Dump car
Dump wagon
Elevating grader
F. C. Austin
F. C. Austin Manufacturing Company
France Brothers Company
France Stone Company
Frederick Carleton Austin
Fresno scraper
Friction hoist
Front dozer
Good Roads Magazine
Goulds & Austin
Grader
Grader attachment
Greyhound Corporation
Gyratory crusher
H. W. Austin & Company
Half-swing
Hancock Manufacturing
Harvey, Illinois
Harvey Steel Car
Henry Warren Austin
Hoist
Hopper
James H. Gould
Jaw crusher
Kankakee, Illinois
Kankakee Lime & Cement Company
Kansas City, Missouri
Lima
Lima, Ohio
Lubbock, Texas
McCormick-Deering
Moldboard
Moldboard extension
Motor grader
Motor grader conversion
Motor Pickup Sweeper
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
New Era
Overhead traveler
Patching plant
Plow
Pneumatic tire
Pull grader
Pullman
Pull ripper
Pull scarifier
Pull scraper
Pull sweeper
Railroad crusher
Railroad plow
Road drag
Road oiler
Roll-A-Plane
Roll crusher
Rooter plow
Rotary scraper
Rotary screen
Scarifier
Screen
Seabury Gould
Self-propelled sweeper
Side dump trailer
Skaneateles, New York
Slip scraper
Slopeboard
Snow moldboard
Snow plow
Solid tire
Solvay Process Company
Spreading wagon
Sprinkler wagon
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Thomas, Ontario
Stock dump wagon
Straight dozer
Sweeper
Syracuse, New York
Tandem roller
Three-wheel roller
Tire chain
Tongue scraper
Township plow
Tractor shovel
Trail-Car
Trailbuilder
Trommel screen
Tumblebug
Washer
Washer plant
Waterville, Ohio
Western-Austin
Western Wheeled Scraper
Wheeled rotary scraper
Wheeled scraper
Wheel extension
Wing plow
World’s Fair
Genres/Forms of Material
Artist's rendition
Brochure
Catalog
Clipping
Engineering drawing
Maintenance manual
Operation manual
Photograph
Price page
Sales literature
Spec sheet
Testimonial
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Some records in this collection are poor physical condition.
Acquisition Notes:   

This is an artificial collection comprised of records from multiple accessions. Initial records in this collection were found in files. Additional records have been added from:

• Judd Griffith Collection, Accession 2000-0113 (received Sep 22 2000)

• Donald W. Frantz Collection, Accession 2005-0150 (received Dec 31, 2005). Filed with his collection per his request.

Related Materials: Collection 115, F. C. Austin Company, Inc. - Austin Machinery Corporation (Muskegon, MI), describes the history and products of F. C. Austin's ventures after 1902.