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DRESSTA CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. Background and History. January 2013. American origins of Dressta begin with International Harvester Company, established 1902. 1902 International Harvester Company (IHC) established 1931 First IHC Crawler Tractor powered by diesel engine labeled ‘TD’

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dressta construction equipment

Background and History

January 2013


American origins of Dressta begin with International Harvester Company, established 1902

  • 1902 International Harvester Company (IHC) established
  • 1931 First IHC Crawler Tractor powered by diesel engine labeled ‘TD’
  • 1946 Opening of the construction equipment plant in Melrose Park, IL
  • 1957-1961 Huge investments in the construction equipment business; product line extension by scrapers, haulers, wheel dozers
  • Late 1960s Expansion in Europe – opening of the plants in Germany and UK

1932 IHC Tractor


In Poland the production of construction equipment at HSW begun in late 60s and early 70s

  • 1938 Metallurgical and Mechanical factory, named the Southern Plant, begins operation in Stalowa Wola, focusing on military production
  • 1939-1944 German occupation
  • 1948 The Southern Plant is renamed to Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW)
  • 1950s and 1960s Production of high quality steel and military equipment for the Polish Army. Searching for other product lines in agriculture, mining and construction equipment
  • 1966-1972 HSW signs cooperation and license agreements with leading construction equipment manufacturers: Jones Cranes,Clark Equipment, Stetter and Coles Cranes

1939 Production for Polish Army


In 1972 a Cooperation and License Agreement is signed between International Harvester Company and HSW

Main Goals

  • HSW buys the license and the know-how for IH crawler dozers, crawler loaders and pipelayers
  • HSW sells machines with IH trademark to the IH distribution network worldwide
  • IH gets a new market for components and machines in Central Europe and Soviet Union

First licensed machines manufactured at HSW in 1973

1973 First TD-15C Crawler Dozer (140 HP)

1973 First 175C Crawler Loader (140 HP)


First licensed machines manufactured at HSW in 1974-75

1974 TD-25C Crawler Dozers (285 HP)

1975 TD-25CSPipelayer (285 HP)


1977 IH Trademark Approval Certificate

  • IH Trademark granted for TD-15C crawler dozer and 175C crawler loader manufactured in HSW

Breakthrough machines introduced in 1977 and 1979


First TD-20E Crawler Dozer (200 HP) The first modular designed crawler dozer in the world

1979 The largest TD-40 Crawler Dozer (450 HP) assembled by HSW

First machine designed by Polish and American engineers


Reasons for Success

  • Identical versions of machines manufactured in parallel in the U.S. and in Poland
  • Access to high quality components from the U.S. like engines, torque converters, bearings, hydraulic and electric components
  • Same quality, same engineering and manufacturing standards and procedures
  • Close cooperation of the U.S. and Polish engineering and technical production teams

In 1982 a Cooperation Agreement is signed between Dresser and HSW

  • DRESSER becomes new owner of IH Construction Equipment Division
  • HSW was granted an order of 480 machines for DRESSER distribution
  • The new TD-40B Crawler Dozer (520 HP) launched

In 1988 a Joint Venture – Komatsu Dresser, becomes a new partner of HSW

  • Komatsu enters into a 50/50 Joint Venture with Dresser industries – formation of Komatsu Dresser
  • New three small tractors TD-7H,-8H,-9H and three medium tractors TD-12C, TD-12C XP, TD-15E launched at HSW
  • New licensed wheel loaders 560B, 520C, 515C and 510C launched at HSW

In 1992 Komatsu America becomes a new partner of HSW

  • Komatsu takes over 100% shares in Komatsu Dresser Co. – Komatsu America International Company (KAIC) becomes a new partner of HSW

In 1995 HSW and Komatsu America form a Joint Venture Company – DRESSTA Co. Ltd.

Main Goals

  • HSW through DRESSTA takes over the DRESSER distribution network in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
  • DRESSTA takes over the DRESSER trademark and logo
  • DRESSTA takes over the Conequipco Company in Singapore and the Miami Rep Office
  • DRESSTA supports HSW in R&D programs
  • KOMATSU AMERICA gains in DRESSTA a reliable organization responsible for the execution of their machine orders, product support and quality control

In 1999 DRESSTA Trademark and Logo replace DRESSER

DRESSTA trademark is a composition of design elements specific for Dressta machines i.e. dozers and loaders



February 2005the Komatsu-HSW Cooperation Agreement expires

  • HSW becomes an exclusive manufacturer of the crawler dozers, pipelayers and wheel loaders originated by International Harvester and DRESSER
  • DRESSTA Co. Ltd. becomes an exclusive exporter of this construction equipment to worldwide markets
  • HSW becomes a 100% owner of Dressta Co. Ltd.

While our roots are deeply embedded in the American heartland, DRESSTA is truly a world class organization

The DRESSTA brand is known for a robust and long-life operation all over the world


February 2012Guangxi LiuGong Machinery takes over HSW Div. I and DRESSTA

  • January 10, 2012 – Signing of the Conditional Agreement
  • January 30, 2012 – Signing of the Final Agreement Planned
  • February 1, 2012 – Take-over of HSW Div. I and DRESSTA by Guangxi LiuGong Machinery