LP Heritage Center to celebrate grand opening
La PORTE — The Rumely Allis-Chalmers La Porte Heritage Center will celebrate their grand opening on Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.
The Rumely Company was started in La Porte in 1853 and produced mainly harvesting machines, most notably threshing machines and large tractors. Rumely was purchased by Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company in 1931.
Allis-Chalmers was interested in Rumely’s line of threshing and harvesting machines and their sprawling plant in La Porte. Also of interest to Allis-Chalmers was Rumely’s extensive dealer network, which was instantly converted to the complete Allis-Chalmers product line.
The La Porte plant, as Advance-Rumely’s main headquarters was now called, became known as the “Harvester Capital of the World” thanks to its production of Allis-Chalmers’ successful All-Crop harvester line. The company closed in 1985 due to difficult economic conditions.
The Rumely Allis-Chalmers La Porte Heritage Center is dedicated to promoting, through its Center and projects, a better understanding and appreciation of the agricultural and industrial heritage of the Rumely and Allis-Chalmers companies, and their employees.
Visit us to see some awesome Rumely and Allis Chalmers farm equipment, plus loads of memorabilia from each company. If you wish to show off your toys, please feel free to bring them, just let us know what you’re bringing ahead of time so we can prepare areas for setup.
Admission is free and there will be food and refreshment available for purchase. The Heritage Center is located at 2859 W. Ind. 2, La Porte.