History

2017

September 1, 2017, a new ownership acquisition of Morris, whose management is led by former President, Ben Voss. This new era in ownership for Morris marks a significant commitment to growth and re-investment in the company. Morris will be undertaking an ambitious and exciting plan as a market leader.

2015

Prototype Tender Cart shown.

 

9s Series Air Cart introduced.

2014

August 2014, an 8000sq foot expansion announced for the Minnedosa, MB plant.

 

ProAG 2200 Bale Hiker released.

 

Release of the RAZR double-shoot option.

 

Release of the Injected Polymer opener for the C2 Contour.

2013

September 2013, the RAZR wins Henty Machine of the Year award at a competition in Australia.

 

9 Series Air Cart and Input Control Technology (ICT) introduced.

2012

RAZR Disc Drill introduced.

2011

16K PLUS released.

 

900 Hay Hiker released.

 

CX 8105 released.

 

C2 Contour Air Drill released.

 

Hydraulic tine introduced for the Field Pro Heavy Harrow.

2010

April 1, 2010, Morris introduces Morris 360 Service.

2009

Spread Tip Boot released for Contour Drill.

 

Side Band Boot released for Contour Drill.

2007

Contour Air Drill introduced.

 

June 1, 2007, Morris was sold to Casey Davis (and a group of minority shareholders) , who had served as President and CEO since 2001. This ended 78 years of ownership of Morris Industries Ltd by the George Morris family.

2006

Expansion at Minnedosa, MB plant.

2005

EIGHT XL Series Air Cart introduced.

 

Product first shipped into Russia.

2003

Product first shipped into Kazakhstan.

 

EIGHT Series Air Cart introduced.

2002

Xpress Air Drill introduced.

 

Never Pin Air Drill introduced.

 

Morris expanded its line of hay hauling and stacking equipment by acquiring ProAG Designs, Inc., a Montana-based manufacturer of large bale hauling and stacking machines.

2001

Casey Davis appointed CEO and President of Morris Industries.

2000

Aero Planter System introduced.

1999

Single Row Tool Bar Row Crop Planter introduced.

 

Maxim II introduced.

1998

Minnedosa, MB plant expansion.

1997

VRT 7000 Series introduced.

 

Magnum III Chisel Plow introduced.

 

Wendy Morris becomes the sole owner of Morris Industries purchasing her family's interest in the company.

1995

Grain Shuttle introduced.

 

Field Pro Heavy Harrow introduced.

 

130S Air Cart introduced.

 

Concept 2000 introduced. Name changed to Concept in 2015.

1994

7000 Series Air Cart introduced.

1993

7000 Rod Weeder introduced.

1992

1400 Hay Hiker introduced.

 

Maxim Air Drill introduced.

1991

9100 Tillage Tool introduced.

 

Wendy Morris was appointed CEO.

1990

Rangler III introduced.

 

9000 Tillage Tool introduced.

1989

6000 Series Air Cart introduced.

 

8900 Tillage Tool introduced.

 

Death of George Morris. There was a change in management from Mr. Morris to his family.

1988

There was a company name change to Morris Industries to reflect the wider product line.

 

80 flex wing harrow bar introduced.

 

50-60-70 Harrow Bar introdced.

 

MH-3100 Hoe Drill introduced.

 

M-1100 Seed-Rite introduced.

 

Rangler packer-harrow bar with a coil spring-shaped packer in front of the harrows introduced.

1987

Rangler II introduced.

1986

Genesis II (170 & 100) introduced.

1985

HR-36 Rod Weeder introduced.

 

MP-912 introduced.

 

Packer wheels, replacing the Rod Weeder were made available for the Seed-Rite.

1984

Magnum II Chisel Plow introduced.

 

Challenger II introduced.

 

Plant in Ortonville closed.

1983

MH-310 Hoe Drill introduced.

1982

Naiper (M600 & M620) Air Cart introduced.

 

M-11 Seed-Rite introduced.

1981

M-10 introduced.

 

TD-81 Tandem Disc introduced.

 

881 Hay Hiker introduced.

 

45-56-68-79 Harrow Bars introduced.

 

Morris bought the patents and the rights to the Melroe Moldboard Plow. Started producing Moldboard Plows in 1982.

1979

Manufacturing facility purchased in Minnedosa, MB.

 

800 Hay Hiker introduced.

 

Magnum Chisel Plow introduced.

1978

6 Series Chisel Plow introduced.

 

Harrow Draw Bars went into production.

1976

January 1976, manufacturing began in Ortonville, MN.

1975

January 1975, two Rod Weeders were sold in India.

1974

December 17, 1974 Morris tillage equipment dropped into Algerian soil.

 

Welding operation set-up in Minot, ND where the company's sales head office was for the American market. Was turned into a manufacturing facility the following year.

 

November 28, 1974, a press conference was held at the Heat Treat Plant. It was announced the facility was under construction, and anticipated to be in operation early in 1975.

 

5 Series Chisel Plow introduced.

1973

Unionization of the Yorkton facility.

1972

Feb. 2, 1972 was the official opening of the Minot, ND facility.

1971

March 1971 the first Dealer Sales & Service clinics began.

 

B3-36, 30, 18, 48 Rod Weeder introduced.

1970

80 Series Seed-Rite introduced.

 

Challenger (light cultivator) designed for seed bed preparation introduced.

 

Australians approached Morris with farming methods and problems that were similar to those on the prairies 40 years earlier - plowing and creating massive erosion problems. As they switched to minimum tillage, Morris was the first Canadian implement company to do business down under.

1969

The Multiplex joined the line of equipment (with Rod Weeder, Seed-Rite and Chisel Plow). The Multiplex had cultivator shanks in front of the Rod Weeder to loosen the soil.

1966

October 20, 1966 was the official opening of new manufacturing facility in Minnedosa, costing in excess of $1,000,000.

1960

September 19, 1960 manufacturing started in Minnedosa, MB.

 

Morris Seed-Rite invented.

 

The new plant opened in Yorkton (started manufacturing Rod Weeders in Yorkton). Every year for the next 18 years there were more expansions. The plant was built on York Road.

1951

The original Rod Weeder was restored and donated to the Western Development Museum in Yorkton. It is still on display today.

1950

Snowblower and left-hand swather were invented.

 

First dealers to carry the Morris Rod Weeder were both located in east-central Saskatchewan.

1949

June 1949, the official opening was held of the renamed Morris Rod-Weeder & Equipment Co.

1948

The decision was made to move the business to Yorkton. Setting up of a new shop began.

1932

April 1932, a new patent on the re-designed Rod Weeder was issued.

1930

Luke Battersby of Goodeve sent a letter to George Morris saying he was interested in buying a Rod Weeder. Mr. Battersby used the Rod Weeder on his farm for 21 years.

1929

George Morris created the world's first automatic trip, a device that trips over stones then lowers back into the ground to continue working.

 

Mr. Morris started this company. Originally it was called Morris Rod-Weeder.

1924

George Morris opened a garage in Bangor SK, called Morris Garage.