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This Independence Plant was production plant for Gleaner combines. I actually spent much time at other plants that did machine work for the combines at the Indep. plant. Much of the casting machine work on heavy castings was done at the Topeka, Kans. industrial machine plant. Much of this machine work was later transferred to the North Kansas City machine production facility. During all of this the final assembly was produced at the Indep. plant. About the time of the big ALLIS downfall the United States and Mexican governments combined to build a Gleaner assembly plant in Old Mexico. This was a venture doomed from the start. I spent two years in Mexico, along with many other production supervisors, in a vain attempt to make this plant a viable facility. It was never to be consumated. 129 machines were FINALLY assembled and shipped to the Indep. plant as payment for the service of the supervisors. These machines were so bad they had to be completely disassembled, worked over and reassembled. They were serialed as built at the Indep. plant. They were junk. ALLIS picked up speed going downhill. The U.S. government then attempted to initiate the same procedure with the government of Bolivia. ALLIS folded before that happened. Now the Indep. plant no longer builds Gleaner combines. I don't think any are built any more. No engines were ever built at the Indep. plant, all of the ALLIS engines came from the Harvey engine plant, the GM, Ford, and Chrysler engines came from those respective plants, built and machined to go on the combines. The Gleaner was one of the better combines built in it's heyday. Upper Echelon mismanagement killed Gleaner as well as ALLIS-CHALMERS.
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