The Rumely Companies


Side One

Meinrad Rumely (1823-1904), a German immigrant, founded a blacksmith shop here 1853, which grew into a dominant company through reorganizations and acquisitions. Rumely companies in La Porte benefited from available rail transportation plus German and later Polish immigrant laborers. Products included a wide variety of agricultural machines.

Side Two

Rumely's prizewinning thresher later became one of the earliest powered by steam. Thousands of OilPull tractors sold worldwide 1910-1930. Rumely companies were at the forefront of mechanization of American and world agriculture and had significant impact on La Porte. Allis-Chalmers acquired the firm 1931 and closed La Porte plant 1983.

On Lincolnway, LaPorte, (On the right when traveling west)
Indiana Historical Bureau, and Rumely Historic Recognition Committee.(Marker Number 46.2003.1.)
Official (Historical Marker Database)
Date of Dedication: 
Place Location: