History/ Timeline

A McLaughlin Body Company Timeline

McLaughlin Body Company's history of providing ROPS/OPS safety and comfort for operator-controlled work equipment, military vehicles and agricultural machinery continues today.

Riding the Currents. McLaughlin Body Company took root beside the Mississippi River in 1902 and has been living, moving and evolving to its rhythms ever since.

Through two World Wars, developing the first Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) for International Harvester's Farmall Tractor, and diversification into a wide range of vehicle and equipment markets, McLaughlin Body Company is now a seamless extension of many prominent original equipment manufacturers.

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1902
Wright Carriage Co. begins to build buggy bodies & surreys in Moline, IL

1906
Name changes to E.H. Wilson Mfg. Company

Old Car

1914
The auto arrives: Wilson makes bodies for Velie & Root VanderVoort cars, with sheet steel installed over wood frames. By 1928, Velie had turned out 75,000 cars.

1916-1918
Expansion of business occurs to make war products for France; car body lines include Velie, Moon, Stutz and Sterns-Knight

1929
Great Depression: Ray Cundy and Harry McLaughlin, a former E.H. Wilson patternmaker and draftsman, form Moline Mfg.

Factory

1931
Name changes to McLaughlin Body Company as company moves into manufacturing truck cabs for Diamond T and panel truck bodies for GM; produces tractor cabs for Minneapolis Moline during the 1930's

Military

1939-1945
WWII: McLaughlin Body Company supplies cabs for U.S. Army half-tracks

1956
McLaughlin Body Company moves into East Moline plant, first of the two sites in production today

A McLaughlin Body Company Timeline

1959
Builds first cab for John Deere Combine

1960's
Develops the first Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) - for IH'S Farmall Tractor

1970's
Produces galvanized steel cab for Mack Truck

Military

1980's
Reestablishes truck cab business with military, which continues to this day

1987-88
Produces Ford CL-9000 aluminum truck cab; first in industry to install e-coat paint system

Component

1990's
Expands into diversified markets such as construction and front-end header equipment; first to apply urethane sound, vibration and thermal insulation

Welding

2000's
Optimizes processes with automation, laser cutting, robotic welding and environmentally friendly powder coating

Military

2008
Produces more than 18,000 Armored Cab Frames for the LTAS truck

2009
Produces the Front-in Grain Header for CNH, support harvester equipment in China, Europe, Australia and North America

A McLaughlin Body Company Timeline

2010
Awarded Prime Contract from TACOM for armored weapon interface ring; produces new generation Grain Header for CNH

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