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Q: old Milwaukee companies ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: old Milwaukee companies
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: kentheb-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 22 Jun 2004 18:32 PDT
Expires: 22 Jul 2004 18:32 PDT
Question ID: 364819
The Trackson Company was established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1922.
 Who were the founders of Trackson?
Subject: Re: old Milwaukee companies
Answered By: googlenut-ga on 22 Jun 2004 22:22 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello kentheb-ga,

According to the University of Wisconsin ? Milwaukee, ?Founding
Industries Of Wisconsin Project?, Walter Stiemke was the founder of
Trackson.  Trackson was purchased by Caterpillar in 1951.


Founding Industries Of Wisconsin Project "T"
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

(Scroll down to Trackson in the list.  Scroll all the way to the right
to see the name of the founder)

Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Walter and Olive Stiemke Fund
Walter Stiemke was an industrialist who built three successful
engineering companies in his lifetime. His wife Olive was at one time
the society reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel.

According to the following link, Walter Stiemke was the head engineer
of Trackson and the company was owned by Arnie Frahlic:

Antique Tractor Internet Services
Traxcavator History (LONG) Part1
?About this same time, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Trackson Company
was making a track system which replaced the wheels on Fordson
Tractors and other wheeled machines to give them increased flotation
and traction. The head engineer of Trackson was Walter Stiemke.
Stiemke recognized the potential of combining the Trackson track
system with the Lessman lifting mechanism for digging or excavating.
Stiemke convinced the owner of Trackson, Arnie Frahlic, to buy Lessman
Manufacturing to pursue a marriage of the two systems for the machine
sales opportunity and the earthmoving work Stiemke felt was possible.?

I had some trouble with this link.  If it doesn?t work for you, try
the Google cache of the page:

Antique Tractor Internet Services
Traxcavator History (LONG) Part2
(Google cache of the page)
?In 1948, design and research began between Caterpillar and Trackson
on a hydraulic Traxcavator tractor. In 1951 Caterpillar bought the
Trackson Company and integrated operations.? - Search inside the book (you must be registered at Amazon
to use this feature)
Caterpillar Chronicle: The History of the World's Greatest Earthmovers
by Eric Orlemann

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kentheb-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
I'd seen that chart 3 to 4 times before, in my search for the
founder(s), but I'd not thought to scroll to the right!

Subject: Re: old Milwaukee companies
From: googlenut-ga on 23 Jun 2004 06:53 PDT
Hello kentheb-ga,

Thank you for the 5-star rating and the tip!

I'm glad I was able to help.


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