Benjamin Gravely receives a patent for his motor plow.
Benjamin Gravely incorporates Gravely Motor Plow & Cultivator Company for $200,000.
The first Model D — complete with a single wheel and a 2.5-horsepower, water-cooled engine — rolls off the factory floor.
The Mount Rushmore National Monument site is dedicated.
The next generation of the Model D — with a four-cycle, two-horsepower engine — is produced.
The sickle bar mower is introduced.
The Model L — with a five-horsepower engine, one reverse speed and two forward speeds — is introduced.
Benjamin Gravely retires from day-to-day management.
The redesigned Model L two-wheeled tractor is introduced.
The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.
Gravely establishes Gravely Overseas, LTD, an assembly line factory in England.
The Gravely Motor Plow & Cultivator Company becomes Gravely Tractor, Inc.
Benjamin Franklin Gravely dies at age 76.
The Model D is dropped from the U.S. product line.
Gravely builds a manufacturing plant in Albany, Georgia.
Gravely President D. Ray Hall sells the company to Studebaker Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana, for $12.6 million.
Gravely Tractor, Inc. purchases the Winchell Manufacturing Company in Fort Scott, Kansas, the makers of Clean-Cut Mowers.
Gravely now has four plants: Dunbar, West Virginia; Albany, Georgia; Fort Scott, Kansas; and Torquay, England.
The Clean-Cut manufacturing plant is closed in Fort Scott, Kansas.
The Beatles stage their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Gravely introduces the 424 lawn tractor.
The Gravely Tractor division of Studebaker Corporation breaks ground for a $4 million manufacturing plant on a 100-acre site in Clemmons, North Carolina.
Production stops in the Dunbar, West Virginia, plant, while production begins at the new Gravely plant in Clemmons, North Carolina.
The company’s name changes to Gravely Corporation.
Gravely Corporation of Clemmons, North Carolina, adds two new compact tractors and a third Convertible tractor to its product line.
Gravely Corporation merges with Studebaker-Clarke, a world leader in floor maintenance machinery, and becomes the Clarke-Gravely Corporation.
The first Earth Day is observed.
Gravely introduces the 816 riding tractor.
The first meeting of the Gravely Dealer Council is held in Marco Island, Florida.
The 817 tractor and four new two-wheeled Convertible tractors, the 520, 522, 524 and 526, are introduced.
Gravely establishes two product categories: consumer and commercial.
The GMT 9000 and the 8000 series tractors are introduced.
The movie Star Wars opens in theaters.
The new 818T, 816T and 5000 series tractors are introduced.
Gravely purchases Hahn’s mower line of walk-behinds and riders.
McGraw-Edison purchases Gravely.
Gravely introduces the engine-driven, 40-inch wing mower and the commercial four-wheeled tractor.
Ariens Company of Brillion, Wisconsin, purchases Gravely.
The Pro and Pro-Master lines are introduced, and the Hahn equipment line is sold to Gilson.
Gravely manufacturing, engineering and administration departments are moved to Ariens Company in Brillion, Wisconsin, while the sales and marketing departments are located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The Gravely plant in Clemmons, North Carolina, is sold.
Gravely’s sales and marketing departments relocate to Brillion, Wisconsin, bringing the entire Gravely operation under one roof.
Daniel Ariens becomes president of Ariens Company.
The last Gravely two-wheeled tractor is produced.
The Gravely 44Z zero-turn, 1334 Pro G Walk, MZ1434, MZ1540, 144M, 152M, 160M, 252M and 260M are introduced.
Gravely announces the Rapid M, Rapid E, Rapid U and Pro-Stance®.
The Rapid XZ, PM 144, 1634 XL, ZT 1634 and ZT 1840 are announced.
Gravely’s ZT 2450 is named Consumer Digest’s “Best Buy.”
Gravely announces the XDZLP.
Gravely launches Gravely Turf Equipment, geared toward golf courses and turf management nationwide.
Gravely announces the All-Purpose Vacuum, edger, log splitters, Pro-Ride series, Hurricane Blowers, pressure washer, XD321 walk-behind and generator.
The Gravely Atlas JSV™ is introduced.
Gravely launches the Pro-QXT™ Tractor, a two-wheeled tractor designed for commercial, industrial and government facilities maintenance.
The redesigned Pro-Turn® 400, Pro-Turn 200 and ZT XL zero-turns are announced.
Gravely announces smart technology on select assembly lines, improving employee ergonomics and increasing productivity by 90%.
Gravely celebrates the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Gravely’s plow patent.