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Allis Anti Trust Question

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xenon172
Does anyone know the basis for the anti trust lawsuit against Allis Chalmers? International, John Deere, Case, and other manufactures had both garden and full size tractors on the market in those days. Why Allis Chalmers and not the others?

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gwiseman
My recollections: [1]Anti-trust suit was all encompassing of the total Allis Chalmers company and the numerous industries it was involved in at the time. It was not specific to garden tractors. [2]Justice dept considered Allis Chalmers a threat to monopolizing US commerce. AC manufactured ag equipment, construction equipment, garden/lawn equipment, electrical power generation equipment, electrical transformers, and many others and participated heavily in government contracts including space program. [3]One stipulation to breaking up (potential or percieved) Allis Chalmers industrial mfg monolopy was to separate the garden tractor companies. However this wasn't the nucleus of the case.

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Kent
I don't know the details, only the impact on the manufacturing of these garden tractors. It was in response to the suit that Allis opened the Lexington SC plant and built their own designed tractors there, using a few Simplicity-manufactured parts, but intentionally making them incompatible with Simplcity. Once that case was resolved in 1974 (or thereabouts), Allis closed the Lexington plant and moved production back to Port Washington... followed by the birth of the 7000 series Simplicity and 700 series Allis...

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