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Chain Belt Company – Rex Chain Belt – Rexnord – Rexworks – RexCon LLC


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Chain Belt Company – Rex Chain Belt – Rexnord – Rexworks – RexCon LLC, 1915-1963 and n. d. | Historical Construction Equipment Association

By Thomas Berry

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Title: Chain Belt Company – Rex Chain Belt – Rexnord – Rexworks – RexCon LLC, 1915-1963 and n. d.Add to your cart.

ID: 1/101/503

Primary Creator: Chain Belt Company – Rex Chain Belt – Rexnord – Rexworks – RexCon LLC (1891-Current)

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Group 1, Machinery Records, is arranged by record format, record type, subseries, machine class, machine model, and publication date (where known).

Subjects: Adjusta-Hite, Adjusta-Wate, Albany, New York, Albany Terminal Dock, American Marietta, Axle loading, Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore Bargain House, Banner Industries, Barge, Bin gate, Bonneville Dam, Boulder Dam, Bucket elevator, C. W. Blakeslee & Sons, C. W. LeValley, Car unloader, Catskill Aqueduct, Central mix plant, Centrifugal pump, Chain belt, Chain Belt Company, Chain conveyor, Chicago & Northwestern, Chicago & Western Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, Chicago Speedway, Clearing, Illinois, CMI, Cold Patch Mixer, Concrete chute, Concrete mixer, Concrete placer, Concrete pump, Conveyor, Conveyor idler, Curb and gutter form, Curtis Bay Chemical Plant, Deep-Mix Special Pulvi-Mixer, Dewatering pump, Diaphragm pump, Dry batch paver, Dry batch plant, Duluth, Minnesota, Duval Craven, Engineering News-Record, Fageol, Federal Motor Truck, FWD Corporation, General Construction Company, General Motors, George A. Fuller Company, Giuffre Brothers Cranes, GMC, Green chain, Henry J. Kaiser, Hi-Discharge, Hoover Dam, Hug Company, Hydrocycle, Hydrostatic, LBX, Link-Belt, Mack, Maxon Industries, Mesh installer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mortar mixer, Moto-Agitator, Moto-Mixer, New York State Barge Canal, New York Stock Exchange, Nordberg, Norfolk, Virginia, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Oshkosh Truck Corporation, P & H, Pactor Corporation, Patching plant, Pave-Master, Paving form, Pawling & Harnischfeger, Pierce-Arrow, Pittock Block Building, Portable concrete mixer, Portland, Oregon, Power take-off, PT Components, PTO, Pulvi-mixer, Pumpcrete, Radial stacker, Relay Motors, Remote control, Rex-Rol, Rex-Stearns, Rex Chain Belt, Rexnord, RexRol, Rexworks, Road Show, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Schacht, Seaman, Seaman Corporation, Seaman Motors, Silent Sales Conference, Six Companies, Slipform paver, Stationary concrete mixer, Sterling Motor Truck, Stewart Motor Corporation, Table saw, Tandem roller, Temco, Terex, Tiltmaster, Towed stabilizer, Transit mixer, Trashmaster, Trinity Industries, U. S. Navy, W. D. Ewart, West Sacramento, California, White Company, White Motor

Forms of Material: Catalog, Operation manual, Sales literature, Sales manual, Sales training, Service literature, Slide rule calculator, Spec sheet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of sales literature, service literature and audio-visual media discussing the company’s products.

The enormity of the collection requires that records be added to this description over time. What is listed here is in no way a complete representation of its contents.

Biographical Note

Organizational History


The company that became Rexnord was founded in 1891 as Chain Belt Company by inventor C. W. LeValley and two foundry operators in a building formerly owned by  Pawling & Harnischfeger (P & H, Collection 414) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its initial product was, as the name implies, chain belts; by 1900, conveyors and bucket elevators followed. LeValley designed a new steam-powered concrete mixer, dubbed the Rex (Latin for “King”) as the first product of its Construction Machinery Division, and Rex dry batch pavers followed in the early 1910s. The Pumpcrete, believed to be the world’s first concrete pump, was introduced in the 1930s.


Effective January 8, 1962, the Chain Belt Company acquired the major product lines of the Construction Equipment Division of American Marietta Corporation (Collection 2474). This included what became the Rex DS47 and GS7 self-propelled stabilizers, which descended from the Seaman Corporation - Seaman Motors (Collection 1357) product line.



In 1964, the company's name was changed to Rex Chainbelt Inc. to identify more closely with the Rex trademark. Pactor Corporation, of West Sacramento, California, which built distinctive three-wheeled segment wheel compactors, was purchased circa 1966; Rex Chainbelt continued using the Pactor trade name for these machines until their discontinuance circa 1981, and the Trashmaster line of landfill compactors was developed from it.


Crusher and industrial engine manufacturer Nordberg Manufacturing Company (Collection 1116) was acquired in 1970, and in 1973 the company name changed to Rexnord Inc. The Construction Machinery Division, encompassing batch plants, landfill compactors, paving equipment, grinders, transit mixers and stabilizers, was sold to an employee owned corporation, Rexworks, Inc. Rexworks was subsequently split in December 1998 when CMI (Collection 208) acquired the Trashmaster and grinder lines and Giuffre Brothers Cranes Inc., a Milwaukee distributor of truck cranes, bought the concrete equipment business, rights to the Rexworks name, and its Milwaukee plant. In March 2000, the Rexworks transit mixer line was sold to Trinity Industries (Collection 1501), a Texas holding company and owner of the Temco (an acronym for Trinity Equipment Manufacturing Company, Collection 3110) transit mixer and batch plant line, and Trinity evidently combined the line into its own Temco brand. Rexworks no longer exists; Terex continues to produce Trashmasters today, and Maxon Industries, Inc. (Collection 1023) now produces Seaman-branded stabilizers.


Banner Industries purchased Rexnord as a wholly owned subsidiary in April 1987, ending a run of continuous payment of dividends, dating to the initial stock offering in 1928, that was unmatched among New York Stock Exchange companies. Banner purchased the Link-Belt line of chain belt from PT Components in August 1988, ending 98 years of competition between the lines. (Link-Belt chain belt dated to a patent issued to W. D. Ewart in 1874. LeValley’s initial design was found to be too similar to it, and he eventually designed a chain belt that did not infringe on Ewart’s patent. Ewart founded the Link-Belt Machinery Company in 1880 and Link-Belt Engineering Company in 1888, the forebears to today’s Link-Belt (Collection 463) and LBX (Collection 1863) manufacturing concerns.)  Today, Rexnord offers a wide range of industrial products, but only conveyors and conveyor components are directly related to construction.


The Rex trade name went through a long progression of name changes. An inventory of Chain Belt and Rex service literature in February 2006 revealed the following, based on publication dates of the records (some of which include later reprints):


• 1941-1962 Chain Belt Company, Rex Construction Machinery Section

• 1961-1970 Rex Chainbelt Inc. Construction Machinery Section

• 1970-1973 Rex Chainbelt Inc. Construction Machinery Group

• 1972-1978 Rexnord Inc. Construction Machinery Section

• 1969-1997 Rexworks (those dated prior to c. 1978 are likely reprints of older records)


Most of Rex’s historic records are believed destroyed, according to Parts Manager Jack Kloskey in an interview at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2005.


Product Information:


The Pumpcrete is believed to be the world’s first concrete pump

Subject/Index Terms

Albany, New York
Albany Terminal Dock
American Marietta
Axle loading
Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Bargain House
Banner Industries
Bin gate
Bonneville Dam
Boulder Dam
Bucket elevator
C. W. Blakeslee & Sons
C. W. LeValley
Car unloader
Catskill Aqueduct
Central mix plant
Centrifugal pump
Chain belt
Chain Belt Company
Chain conveyor
Chicago & Northwestern
Chicago & Western Indiana
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
Chicago Speedway
Clearing, Illinois
Cold Patch Mixer
Concrete chute
Concrete mixer
Concrete placer
Concrete pump
Conveyor idler
Curb and gutter form
Curtis Bay Chemical Plant
Deep-Mix Special Pulvi-Mixer
Dewatering pump
Diaphragm pump
Dry batch paver
Dry batch plant
Duluth, Minnesota
Duval Craven
Engineering News-Record
Federal Motor Truck
FWD Corporation
General Construction Company
General Motors
George A. Fuller Company
Giuffre Brothers Cranes
Green chain
Henry J. Kaiser
Hoover Dam
Hug Company
Maxon Industries
Mesh installer
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mortar mixer
New York State Barge Canal
New York Stock Exchange
Norfolk, Virginia
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
Oshkosh Truck Corporation
P & H
Pactor Corporation
Patching plant
Paving form
Pawling & Harnischfeger
Pittock Block Building
Portable concrete mixer
Portland, Oregon
Power take-off
PT Components
Radial stacker
Relay Motors
Remote control
Rex Chain Belt
Road Show
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Seaman Corporation
Seaman Motors
Silent Sales Conference
Six Companies
Slipform paver
Stationary concrete mixer
Sterling Motor Truck
Stewart Motor Corporation
Table saw
Tandem roller
Towed stabilizer
Transit mixer
Trinity Industries
U. S. Navy
W. D. Ewart
West Sacramento, California
White Company
White Motor

Administrative Information

Repository: Historical Construction Equipment Association

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this collection.

Physical Access Note: Many records in Group 1 Series 1 Subseries 1 are in poor physical condition.

Acquisition Method:

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)

Related Materials: Cited url is corporate website as of May 2009. For more information please see http://www.rexnord.com/.

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Group 1: Machinery records, 1915-1963 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Series 1: Sales literature, 1915-1963 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subseries 1: Judd Griffith Collection, 1915-1963 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Subject 1: General Product Line, 1915-1932 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Catalog 60, 1915Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Catalog and spec sheet discusses portable concrete mixer, stationary concrete mixer, dry batch paver; and concrete chute. Photograph subjects include construction views of ore dock, Duluth, Minnesota, Pittock Block Building, Portland, Oregon; Catskill Aqueduct, New York; Albany Terminal Dock, New York State Barge Canal, Albany, New York; ; Chicago & Northwestern and Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroads; Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance building, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; U. S. Navy Yard Dry Dock Extension, Norfolk, Virginia; Chicago & Western Indiana shop, Clearing, Illinois; Baltimore Bargain House, Baltimore, Maryland; dry batch paver owned by C. W. Blakeslee & Sons; and plant interiors. 68 pages, damaged.
Item 2: Catalog 211, 1932Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Catalog and spec sheet discusses Rex Moto-Mixer transit mixer, stationary concrete mixer, Super-Capacity Elevator bucket elevator, and Rex-Stearns car unloader and conveyor idler. 40 pages, soiled.
Item 3: Bulletin 260, n. d.Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Brochure discusses Rex and Rex-Stearns conveyor, bucket elevator, conveyor idler, bin gate, radial stacker, chain conveyor, green chain, and Pumpcrete concrete pump. Photograph subjects include: Screening plant at Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam), Six Companies; barge mounted dry batch plant, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Henry J. Kaiser Company; and central mix plant, Bonneville Dam, General Construction Company. 28 pages.
Subject 2: Concrete and mortar mixers, 1948 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bulletin 71, n. d.Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Brochure and spec sheet discusses Rex portable concrete mixer and dry batch paver. Photograph subjects include construction views of Curtis Bay Chemical Plant, George A. Fuller Company, Baltimore, Maryland; and Chicago Speedway, Chicago, Illinois, with race cars passing mixer. 16 pages, mutilated.
Item 2: 3-1/2T-48, 1948?Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Spec sheet discusses Rex 3-1/2S end discharge portable concrete mixer. Two pages, worn.
Item 3: Bulletin 177, n. d.Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Brochure discusses Rex mortar mixer. Six pages, soiled.
Subject 3: Transit mixers, 1939-1963 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Product Line, 1939-1962 and n. d.Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Miscellaneous brochures and spec sheets discuss Rex Moto-Mixer and Moto-Agitator transit mixer and power take-off (PTO) drive, hydrostatic/hydraulic control and remote control for same.
Folder 2: Adjusta-Hite, 1954-1963Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Miscellaneous brochures and spec sheets discuss Rex Adjusta-Hite transit mixer.
Folder 3: Adjusta-Wate, 1952-1956Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Miscellaneous brochures and spec sheets discuss Rex Adjusta-Wate transit mixer.
Folder 4: Hi-Discharge, 1948Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Miscellaneous brochures and spec sheets discuss Rex Hi-Discharge transit mixer.
Folder 5: Axle loading charts, n. d.Add to your cart.

Chain Belt Company sales literature: Spec sheet and axle loading chart discusses Rex transit mixer:

• 155FEPTO Tilt-Master on Oshkosh Truck Corporation M-18-34DD tandem truck;

• 155FWPTO model H on Mack B813SX tandem truck;

• 155FEPTO Pave-Master on Oshkosh Truck Corporation 18-34CD tandem truck; and,

• 232 8 yard Tiltmaster on Mack DM607S-1001 tandem truck.

Subject 4: Dry batch pavers, 1916-1936Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Miscellaneous brochures and spec sheets discuss Rex  No. 6, No. 12, No. 20, 14E, 21E and 27E dry batch paver.
Subject 5: Sales training, 1931-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Moto Mixer Sales Manual, 1931Add to your cart.

Chain Belt Company sales literature and service literature: Sales training and spec sheet discusses Moto-Mixer transit mixer. Illustrated spec sheets discuss mixer and trucks:

• Fageol 300, 370, 626, 646, 846 and 10-46;

• Federal Motor Truck T10W U6, U6 4C6A, U6 4C6AB, X8 and X8A;

• FWD Corporation  M5, M7 and MX6;

• General Motors GMC T61A-613-2, T83A-832-2, T85A-852-2 and T95A-952-2;

• Hug Company 87M, 97, 97-6 and 99;

• Mack AB4, AB6, AC4, AC6, AK4, AK6 and BC;

• Pierce-Arrow PX and PY;

• Relay Motors 60D, 100A and 100B;

• Schacht 35HA, 40H, 40HA, 66HA and 70;

• Sterling Motor Truck FC107SRL, FC120MK, FC135SRL, FC145AB, FC170AB, FC170RB, FCS170HB, FCS180AB, FCS210RB, FW97SSRL, FW115SRL, FW170AB, FWS140SRL, FWS180AB and FWS200RB;

• Stewart Motor Corporation 27X5S and 31X; and,

• The White Company (White Motor) 55, 58, 63, 642, 643, 643SW310 and 643SW410.

Photograph on each spec sheet shows a representative truck of each make. Also includes operation manual.

Folder 2: Silent Sales Conference, 1932Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Sales training discusses dry batch paver, Moto-Mixer transit mixer, and centrifugal pump.  Provenance: Duval Craven Papers.
Subject 6: Advertising, 1956-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photocopies, 1956Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Advertisement photocopied from Engineering News-Record discusses Hydrocycle dry batch paver control.
Folder 2: Road Show, 1963Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Advertisement discusses Rex exhibit at 1963 Road Show. Discusses mesh installer, Pave-Master transit mixer, dewatering pump, Rex-Rol tandem roller, paving form, curb and gutter form, slipform paver (concrete placer), and Deep-Mix Special Pulvi-Mixer towed stabilizer.
Subject 7: Miscellaneous, 1936-1960Add to your cart.
Chain Belt Company sales literature: Small format line card discusses Rex portable concrete mixer, stationary concrete mixer, centrifugal pump, diaphragm pump, table saw, mortar mixer, Cold Patch Mixer patching plant, Moto-Mixer transit mixer, and stationary concrete mixer; spec sheet discusses flywheel power take-off (PTO); slide rule calculator solves axle load chart for transit mixer.

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