Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company (MTM) was founded in 1887, and began producing steam traction engines just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1889 and the town of Hopkins, Minnesota was founded and grew because of MTM. In 1893, a "VICTORY" threshing machine and steam engine built by MTM won several medals at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
By 1911, MTM was building tractors under the Minneapolis name. MTM built many large tractors until the Minneapolis-Moline merger, but these tractors were better suited for sod breaking and not row crops. After building a couple row-type tractors, MTM marketed their Minneapolis 17-30 Type A and Type B. These were cross-motor row-crop tractors and were built even after the M-M merger. In the 1920's until the M-M organization, MTM products were advertised as part of "The Great Minneapolis Line".