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Western Combine Corporation
Predecessor Massey Combine Corporation
Successor AGCO
Founded 1990
Founder(s) Frank Hasenfratz of Linamar Corporation
Defunct 1996
Headquarters Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Products agriculture machinery swathers, combine harvesters

Western Combine Corporation was a manufacturer based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1990 by Frank Hasenfratz of the Linamar Corporation, when he purchased parts of the Massey Combine Corporation out of bankruptcy. Western manufactured swathers and combine harvesters, mainly for other companies, such as Co-op Implements and New Noble. Western Combine and its subsidiary, Portage Manufacturing, manufactured some combines and swathers for Massey Ferguson. AGCO purchased the company in 1996.[1][2][3]

Portage Manufacturing

Portage Manufacturing Inc. (PMI) was based in Portage, Manitoba, Canada. It was formed in 1991 from assets of Vicon Manufacturing Inc. as they were exiting Canada.[4] Frank Pickersgill, president of Western Combine Corp., John Priest, former manager of Vicon's Portage manufacturing operation, and Alf Weber, former supply manager of Vicon's Portage manufacturing operation purchased the assets of the company, and it became a subsidiary of Western Combine. Portage manufacturerd Massey Ferguson swathers (self-propelled and pull behind) and combine harvesters, PMI, Cereal Implements, Co-op Implements, MeMo, New Noble and Western swathers, and were a primary subcontractor to Western Combine. They also manufactured balers under various brands (Vicon, MeMo, MF, etc) and drying machinery.[5]

1990s Western Combine


Combine Harvester Models built by Western Combine
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
Massey Ferguson 550 Western combine Perkins MF 550 Western combine brochure - 1983.jpg
Massey Ferguson 8570 combine 220 hp (160 kW) Cummins MF 8570 combine (Western Combine).jpg
Western 55 combine
Western 8570 combine 220 hp (160 kW) Cummins Western Combine 8570 (MF) brochure.jpg
Swather Models built by Western Combine (Portage Manufacturing)
Model Year(s) Produced Horsepower Engine Type Misc Notes Photo
Cereal Implements 550 swather Ford Cereal Implements 550 swather - 1987.jpg
Cereal Implements 722 swather 88 hp (66 kW) Isuzu Cereal Implements 722 swather.jpg
Cereal Implements 742 swather Cereal Implements 742 swather - 1984.jpg
Co-op Implements 500 swather
Co-op Implements 550 swather Ford Co-op Implements 550 swather (red) - 1979.jpg
Co-op Implements 722 swather
Co-op Implements 742 swather
MeMo SP3088 swather 1990s Isuzu MeMo SP3088 swather - 1993.jpg
New Noble 722 swather New Noble 722 swather - 1990.jpg
PMI 722 swather
Western 322 swather

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