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LaPlant-Choate Manufacturing Company (1911-1952) | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Name: LaPlant-Choate Manufacturing Company (1911-1952)

Historical Note:

The LaPlant-Choate Manufacturing Company was founded in 1911 by E. W. LaPlant and Roy Choate to produce stump pullers and house moving machinery. Mr. LaPlant began developing house moving equipment for his own business in Marshalltown, Iowa, and relocated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following work. The firm remained in Cedar Rapids for the rest of its existence.

It entered the crawler tractor attachment and allied equipment market in 1923 and was one of the first producers of the dozer and of the hydraulic control system and equipment for crawler tractors. Its products included the CW10 scraper for the Caterpillar DW10 tractor, the first scraper designed specifically for use with a Cat prime mover.

The firm was acquired by Allis-Chalmers (Collection 54) in 1952, and A-C retained LaPlant-Choate’s model nomenclature.

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