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Root Manufacturing Company was founded by A.J. Root, Sr. in 1942 or 1943. The company originally made caps for armor piercing ammunition. By 1949 the company had expanded in size to more than a quarter of a city block and produced power lawn mowers, cultitiller hoes, vegetable slicers, corn stick pans and bacon and egg grills. It employed 60 people in the fall and winter and twice that amount in the spring and summer. Art (Pop) Root and his three sons; Art Jr.. Bob and George were in charge of the company. The 1950ís saw the company continue to grow as it added such outdoor products as the Whiz basic power unit and later riding lawn mowers. From the late 1950ís till the early 1970ís, the company flourished and added a four wheeled garden tractor and a line of chain saws. Their product line names included the Pathfinder, Range Rider, Sweep Clean, Whiz, Clod Buster, Lumberjack and The Flying R Line of Champions. The mid to late 1970ís saw the demise of the company as larger competitors virtually took them over and closed their doors forever.

While in business Root made products for other companies including Fairbanks Morse, Unico, David Bradley, Sears, Gravely, etc.



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