50 years for world's top tractors

Basildon Recorder: 50 years for world's top tractors 50 years for world's top tractors

A TRACTOR factory employing hundreds of south Essex workers is celebrating 50 years of production.

New Holland, based in Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, was set up as Ford Tractors in March 1964 and its first tractors rolled off the production line only a few days after.

Since then it has produced three million engines and 1.6 million tractors.

Although the site no longer produces engines, its tractors are as popular as ever and are shipped across the globe.

Bosses are celebrating their landmark by inviting past employees to visit the factory and see how it has progressed while meeting current workers.

The factory, which had a visit from Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg in 2012, was also credited with producing a “Papal tractor” for Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council said: “It’s excellent we have a business like New Holland in Basildon. It’s gone from strength to strength through difficult economic times. In fact they have taken on more staff over the last few years.

“Not only that, but they engage with the local community and council.

“Basildon should be proud to have New Holland in the ý Visitors – David Cameron and Nick Clegg town.”

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10:06am Sat 15 Mar 14

bob7 says...

Well done to them. I remember going there as a Ford apprentice. I believe it had one of the longest moving production lines at the time.
Well done to them. I remember going there as a Ford apprentice. I believe it had one of the longest moving production lines at the time. bob7
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10:33am Sat 15 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

bob7 wrote:
Well done to them. I remember going there as a Ford apprentice. I believe it had one of the longest moving production lines at the time.
They used to have the biggest illuminated Ford sign in Europe.
[quote][p][bold]bob7[/bold] wrote: Well done to them. I remember going there as a Ford apprentice. I believe it had one of the longest moving production lines at the time.[/p][/quote]They used to have the biggest illuminated Ford sign in Europe. Howard Cháse
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11:44am Sat 15 Mar 14

BasildonMovement says...

Bring back ford!
Bring back ford! BasildonMovement
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11:58am Sat 15 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

BasildonMovement wrote:
Bring back ford!
They could open a radiator plant....
[quote][p][bold]BasildonMovement[/bold] wrote: Bring back ford![/p][/quote]They could open a radiator plant.... Howard Cháse
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4:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Johnny B. Goode says...

The story I read once about the beginnings of Ford tractor production in Essex was that Henry Ford was on his way to Germany on a private train, from London to Harwich, and they stopped for lunch in a siding between Springfield and Boreham. It was the middle of the depression and seeing the derelict fields from the train gave him a determination that he was going to make a difference to British agriculture – the result being the tractor plant and a model farm in Boreham. Wikipedia has more: http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Boreham_Hou
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The story I read once about the beginnings of Ford tractor production in Essex was that Henry Ford was on his way to Germany on a private train, from London to Harwich, and they stopped for lunch in a siding between Springfield and Boreham. It was the middle of the depression and seeing the derelict fields from the train gave him a determination that he was going to make a difference to British agriculture – the result being the tractor plant and a model farm in Boreham. Wikipedia has more: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Boreham_Hou se Johnny B. Goode
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