100 Years of
Gravely

Benjamin Gravely is born in Dyer’s Store near Martinsville, Virginia.

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Benjamin Gravely roughly designs a power-driven push plow.

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Benjamin Gravely receives a patent for his motor plow.

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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.

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The Mount Rushmore National Monument site is dedicated.

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The next generation of the Model D — with a four-cycle, two-horsepower engine — is produced.


The sickle bar mower is introduced.

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The Model L — with a five-horsepower engine, one reverse speed and two forward speeds — is introduced.

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Benjamin Gravely retires from day-to-day management.


The redesigned Model L two-wheeled tractor is introduced.

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Tractor stations are established to produce units on a mass scale.

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The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco.

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Gravely establishes Gravely Overseas, LTD, an assembly line factory in England.

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The Gravely Motor Plow & Cultivator Company becomes Gravely Tractor, Inc.


Benjamin Franklin Gravely dies at age 76.

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The Model D is dropped from the U.S. product line.

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Gravely builds a manufacturing plant in Albany, Georgia.

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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.

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The Clean-Cut manufacturing plant is closed in Fort Scott, Kansas.

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The Beatles stage their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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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.

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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.

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Gravely Corporation of Clemmons, North Carolina, adds two new compact tractors and a third Convertible tractor to its product line.

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Gravely Corporation merges with Studebaker-Clarke, a world leader in floor maintenance machinery, and becomes the Clarke-Gravely Corporation.

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The first Earth Day is observed.

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Gravely introduces the 816 riding tractor.

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The first meeting of the Gravely Dealer Council is held in Marco Island, Florida.

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The 817 tractor and four new two-wheeled Convertible tractors, the 520, 522, 524 and 526, are introduced.

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Gravely establishes two product categories: consumer and commercial.


 

The GMT 9000 and the 8000 series tractors are introduced.

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The movie Star Wars opens in theaters.

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The new 818T, 816T and 5000 series tractors are introduced.


Gravely purchases Hahn’s mower line of walk-behinds and riders.

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McGraw-Edison purchases Gravely.


Gravely introduces the engine-driven, 40-inch wing mower and the commercial four-wheeled tractor.

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Ariens Company of Brillion, Wisconsin, purchases Gravely.


The Pro and Pro-Master lines are introduced, and the Hahn equipment line is sold to Gilson.

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Demolition of the Berlin Wall begins.

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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.

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Gravely’s sales and marketing departments relocate to Brillion, Wisconsin, bringing the entire Gravely operation under one roof.

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Daniel Ariens becomes president of Ariens Company.

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The last original Peanuts comic strip appears in newspapers.

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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.

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Gravely announces the Rapid M, Rapid E, Rapid U and Pro-Stance®.

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The Rapid XZ, PM 144, 1634 XL, ZT 1634 and ZT 1840 are announced.

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Gravely’s ZT 2450 is named Consumer Digest’s “Best Buy.”


Gravely announces the XDZLP.

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Gravely launches Gravely Turf Equipment, geared toward golf courses and turf management nationwide.

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Gravely announces the All-Purpose Vacuum, edger, log splitters, Pro-Ride series, Hurricane Blowers, pressure washer, XD321 walk-behind and generator.

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The Gravely Atlas JSV™ is introduced.

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Gravely launches the Pro-QXT™ Tractor, a two-wheeled tractor designed for commercial, industrial and government facilities maintenance.

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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%.

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Gravely celebrates the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Gravely’s plow patent.

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