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They Built Tractors Here: International Harvester in Bradford

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They Built Tractors Here

From 1955 until 1982, the American tractor company International Harvester operated from a plant at Five Lane Ends, Bradford, which is now the site of Morrisons Supermarket.


Using images from the C H Wood Photographic Archive, held at Bradford Industrial Museum, this story shows the tractor plant at its height, when it employed more than 2,000 people on the 15 acre site.

Perhaps the most famous tractor manufactured in Bradford was the B-250, known as ‘The Little Giant’. Almost 30,000 were produced between 1956 and 1961. Further milestones followed as the plant completed its 50,000th tractor in May 1960 and 100,000th in 1963 (see images on next page).

For a variety of reasons, the plant was forced to close in 1982.

 

Watch the video to see more fascinating images of International Harvester in Bradford.

Look at our other digital stories on My Yorkshire featuring images from the C H Wood archive - see 'Related Links' below.

Much of the factual information for this story was taken from an article by Charles Robertshaw, 'From Jowett to Little Giant', which appeared in the January 2009 issues of Classic Tractor magazine.


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