- The Litchfield Manufacturing Company was founded in 1879 at Webster
City, Iowa, by Lyman Litchfield.
- In 1903 it was moved to Waterloo and incorporated as the Litchfield
- The company employed 85 people and the plant covered 3700 feet
of floor space.
- The company manufactured all kinds of farm machinery.
- In 1917, the Litchfield Manufacturing Company focused on making
just one product and making it very well. It was the Litchfield
Manure Spreader. The company actually made lots of models to meet
the needs of farmers across the country and throughout the world.
- By 1922, the company had grown to where it owned a factory site
of 30 acres on West Parker Street and employed 450 people.
- When manufacturing the manure spreaders, the company purchased
only the raw material such as steel and lumber. From wheels to wagon
springs, all other parts were made in the Litchfield factory.
- The Litchfield Company believed that manufacturing all of the
parts in their factory would guarantee the quality of their product.