For the first 70 years of the company’s existence, patenting and manufacturing gears and gearboxes was their core business. In 1936 David Brown produced their first tractor, a joint project with Harry Ferguson, creatively called the Ferguson-Brown tractor. By the late 1930’s differing ideas led to David Brown designing his own tractors. During World War II over 7,700 tractors were built for the war effort, making the company very successful. In 1972 Tenneco Inc., owned by J.I Case, purchased the company, before selling it to Textron Inc. in 1998. In 2008 Textron sold the company to Clyde Blowers for £368 million.
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