Cart 0

International Harvester

The International Harvester Company (often abbreviated by IHC or IH, or shortened to International) was an American manufacturer formed from the 1902 merger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms (Milwaukee, Plano, and Warder, Bushnell & Glessner — manufacturers of Champion brand). The business lines of the company included agricultural equipment, automobiles, commercial trucks, lawn and garden products, household equipment, and other entities. Along with the Farmall and Cub Cadet tractor brands, International is also known for the Scout and Travelall vehicle nameplates.

Following years of financial and economic decline, International began selling its separate equipment divisions, starting with the sale of the construction equipment division to Dresser Industries in 1982. In November 1984 IH finalised a deal with Tenneco to sell the farm equipment division to Tenneco subsidiary J.I Case. Henceforth IH became a truck and engine manufacturer, reorganizing itself as Navistar International in 1986. Through its entire existence, International Harvester was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois (where Navistar remained through 2000).