Former Case plant to be razed
The Milwaukee Business Journal
CNH Global N.V. said Tuesday that its shuttered tractor
plant and other properties along the Lake Michigan shoreline
in Racine County will be razed, clearing 100 acres of
lakefront property for redevelopment.
The Lake Forest, Ill.-based agricultural and construction
equipment maker has reached an agreement with recycling
and demolition company Champion Environmental Services
Inc., Gilberts, Ill., for the removal of the company's
empty facilities. Champion will recycle nearly 98 percent
of the steel, brick, wood and concrete contained in the
tractor plant, foundry and power plant located on the
site. The demolition is expected to be completed within
CNH said the site is the largest single lakefront parcel
available for development between Milwaukee and Chicago.
"In addition to job creation and retention, a primary
objective of Racine County's economic development plan
is the enhancement of the county's tax base," said Gordy
Kacala, executive director of the Racine County Economic
"CNH's lakefront property provides a unique opportunity
to create a substantial new development that would blend
well with nearby residential, open space, and public uses.
With proper planning, the property could be a key component
in the future development of the village of Mount Pleasant."
Built in 1913, the Mount Pleasant tractor plant is the
former manufacturing home of the company's Case tractor
family, producing 920,000 tractors in its 89 years of
operation. CNH closed the facility in 2002, moving U.S
production of Case IH and New Holland tractors into the
company's expanded manufacturing operations four miles
to the west.