The Birth of Allis-Chalmers
Thomas Chalmers, an immigrant from Scotland, begins work with P.W. Gates of Chicago. Gates builds a variety of equipment including the first steam powered sawmill in the country.
Edward P. Allis
arrives in Milwaukee and quickly establishes himself in the business community.
Iron Works of Milwaukee opens for business. Under the ownership of Decker &
Seville, the business mostly does repair work and various custom jobs centered
around flour and lumber milling equipment.
|Edward P. Allis purchases the bankrupt Reliance Iron Works and soon revitalizes the company. Under his leadership, the company begins to develop it's own products and expands rapidly. Flour milling equipment, pumps, and stationary steam engines are among the early successes. Edward will remain active in the company until his death in 1889.
|Thomas Chalmers forms the Fraser and Chalmers company. The firm manufactures mining equipment, boilers, and pumps. Later, stationary steam engines were added to the line. The Chalmers family remains involved with the Gates Iron Works, which now manufactures a line including rock crushers and cement milling equipment.
|During a financial panic, Reliance Iron Works enters bankruptcy
a second time.
Fortunately, Allis is able to secure new backers and the company is soon reorganized as the Edward P. Allis Company.
In a three-way merger, Edward P. Allis, Fraser and Chalmers, and Gates Iron Works are combined to form the Allis-Chalmers Company.
A new Allis-Chalmers factory opens just West of Milwaukee Wisconsin.
The area is soon renamed West Allis.
This same site will be the company's home for the next 80 years.