History

1924

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

1929

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

 

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

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.

1932

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

1948

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

1949

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

1950

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

 

Snowblower and left-hand swather were invented.

1951

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

1960

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.

 

Morris Seed-Rite invented.

 

September 19, 1960 manufacturing started in Minnedosa, MB.

1958

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

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.

1970

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.

 

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

 

80 Series Seed-Rite introduced.

1971

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

 

March 1971 the first Dealer Sales & Service clinics began.

1972

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

1973

Unionization of the Yorkton facility.

1974

5 Series Chisel Plow introduced.

 

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.

 

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

1975

January 1975, two Rod Weeders were sold in India.

1976

January 1976, manufacturing began in Ortonville, MN.

1978

Harrow Draw Bars went into production.

 

6 Series Chisel Plow introduced.

1979

Magnum Chisel Plow introduced.

 

800 Hay Hiker introduced.

 

Manufacturing facility purchased in Minnedosa, MB.

1981

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

 

45-56-68-79 Harrow Bars introduced.

 

881 Hay Hiker introduced.

 

TD-81 Tandem Disc introduced.

 

M-10 introduced.

1982

M-11 Seed-Rite introduced.

 

Naiper (M600 & M620) Air Cart introduced.

1983

MH-310 Hoe Drill introduced.

1984

Plant in Ortonville closed.

 

Challenger II introduced.

 

Magnum II Chisel Plow introduced.

1985

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

 

MP-912 introduced.

 

HR-36 Rod Weeder introduced.

1986

Genesis II (170 & 100) introduced.

1987

Rangler II introduced.

1988

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

 

M-1100 Seed-Rite introduced.

 

MH-3100 Hoe Drill introduced.

 

50-60-70 Harrow Bar introdced.

 

80 flex wing harrow bar introduced.

 

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

1989

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

 

8900 Tillage Tool introduced.

 

6000 Series Air Cart introduced.

1990

9000 Tillage Tool introduced.

 

Rangler III introduced.

1991

Wendy Morris was appointed CEO.

 

9100 Tillage Tool introduced.

1992

Maxim Air Drill introduced.

 

1400 Hay Hiker introduced.

1993

7000 Rod Weeder introduced.

1994

7000 Series Air Cart introduced.

1995

Concept 2000 introduced. Name changed to Concept in 2015.

 

130S Air Cart introduced.

 

Field Pro Heavy Harrow introduced.

 

Grain Shuttle introduced.

1997

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

 

Magnum III Chisel Plow introduced.

 

VRT 7000 Series introduced.

1998

Minnedosa, MB plant expansion.

1999

Maxim II introduced.

 

Single Row Tool Bar Row Crop Planter introduced.

2000

Aero Planter System introduced.

2001

Casey Davis appointed CEO and President of Morris Industries.

2002

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.

 

Never Pin Air Drill introduced.

 

Xpress Air Drill introduced.

2003

Eight Series Air Cart introduced.

 

Product first shipped into Kazakhstan.

2005

Product first shipped into Russia.

 

Eight XL Series Air Cart introduced.

2006

Expansion at Minnedosa, MB plant.

2007

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.

 

Contour Air Drill introduced.

2009

Side Band Boot released for Contour Drill.

 

Spread Tip Boot released for Contour Drill.

2010

April 1, 2010, Morris introduces Morris 360 Service.

2011

Hydraulic tine introduced for the Field Pro Heavy Harrow.

 

C2 Contour Air Drill released.

 

CX 8105 released.

 

900 Hay Hiker released.

 

16K PLUS released.

2012

RAZR Disc Drill introduced.

2013

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

 

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

2014

Release of the Injected Polymer opener for the C2 Contour.

 

Release of the RAZR double-shoot option.

 

ProAG 2200 Bale Hiker released.

 

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

2015

9s Series Air Cart introduced.

 

Prototype Tender Cart shown.