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History of Massey Ferguson

Massey Ferguson imageThe history of Massey Ferguson dates back to 1847, when Daniel Massey opened a workshop to build simple farm implements in Newcastle, Ontario.

He was a family man, businessman, inventor, tradesman, manager, entrepreneur and genius. In other words, he was a farmer. And since Massey Ferguson began, farmers have been our only reason for being.

Over the first half century, Massey's business boomed. Meanwhile - also in Ontario - Alanson Harris established a foundry to make and repair farm machinery. Both Massey and Harris became leading names in harvesting equipment and eventually merged in 1891.

More than a half century later, the Massey-Harris Company joined forces with a brilliant English engineer named Harry Ferguson, who had revolutionized tractor design with his innovative three-point hitch. For the first time ever, tractor and implement could work as one - a concept that still applies today on virtually all agricultural tractors.

Formed in 1953, the new association was called Massey-Harris-Ferguson Limited. Five years later, the name was shortened to Massey Ferguson, creating one of the world’s most powerful forces in farm equipment. Since 1962, the company has been acknowledged as the world's best selling brand of tractor.

In 1995, Massey Ferguson was purchased by the US-based AGCO Corporation.

Over all these years, we've never lost our focus on giving farmers what they need, whether they’re the biggest row crop producers or those living the rural lifestyle on a smaller scale. And today more than ever, we're determined to prove that the heart of the original Massey Ferguson brand still beats under the shiny new exteriors of every piece of equipment we make.

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