A recent trip to Lower Wisconsin took your editor and photographer to Racine where the Case IH Magnum series and New Holland TA tractors are built. Although taking photos of this plant was prohibited, the interesting experience will stay with them a long time. The tour guide took them through the huge plant of 660,000 square feet. Larry, their guide, is a retired machinist who spoke with pride and with hands on knowledge. This place is not just an assembly plant for tractors. They also machine the axles and other housings for other applications in the Case IH line. This plant manufactures 14 different tractors from 180 horse power to 380 horse power that are shipped all over the world ,like Germany, China, Brazil, and the Middle East. Each custom made tractor has a build sheet which tells what goes into it and where it is being shipped. As Mary Spera and Mike Patterson walked through the plant they watched workers create a big beautiful machine which turns out to be 30,000 pounds, with over 10,000 parts. The tractor starts out as a very small piece of cast iron they like to call a bathtub. Built piece by piece, screw by screw until a completed tractor is finished. Case IH still sets the standard of a new era in their magnum series of tractors. This assembly plant uses castings and parts that are manufactured within 150 miles of the plant with a few exceptions, one being, the engines, which are manufactured in Italy. Other than the engines, almost everything comes in as separate parts manufactured locally and is assembled in the plant. Each stage of the components assembly are tested and retested by computers and workers to assure precise and accurate assembly. During the computer testing if something doesn’t meet quality specifications, the computer shuts down (as one did while we were there) the part must be fixed or rejected back to the manufacturer. In one area transmissions are put together using many parts which have to be in a precise order or the transmission will not work efficiently leading to a dissatisfied customer. During the process workers are constantly making sure that the assemblers have the right parts and plenty of them at each station to keep the line moving. These are definitely not-to coin a phrase-your father’s tractor-with available exhaust systems that achieve zero emissions and autoguidance systems which deviate less than an inch season to season, these are modern marvels. There is a choice between an automatic transmission and a manual, which is not really a manual at all as it just uses a button to change gears-no more clutches. All castings are painted with a powdered paint and then put in an oven to cure and seal. These tractors are highly computerized and all of the electrical components are computer tested before they are even put into the tractor. Toward the end of the line the cabs are put on as well as the fiberglass hoods which are shipped in from Upper Michigan already painted red or blue depending on which model of tractor it is going on. The decals are then put on at this factory. The tires are the last thing to be put on and then a worker climbs in and starts the tractor. From there it is taken out to an outbuilding where the tractor is ran at full throttle for a period of time. Then it is inspected and scrutinized to make sure that everything performs as it should and that there are no leaks or other malfunctions. After going through the factory and seeing all the testing, one can certainly conclude that quality isn’t just a word to them; it goes into every tractor built. The entire tour took about 2 ½ hours. If anyone is interested in going on such a tour, just visit their website for information. Article by Mike Patterson and Mary Spera.

Rachel Bray and James Moreau were united in marriage on August 20, 2016 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan. The bride is the daughter of Sid and Margerat Bray of Vulcan and the groom is the son of Matt and Mary Pollard and the late Dennis Moreau. The bride wore a gold lace Stella York gown. She carried a bouquet of cream color peonies and purple roses created by Danielson’s Greenhouse in Norway. The handle of the bouquet, which was made by Patti Blanchette, aunt of the groom, consisted of material from the wedding gowns of both the bride’s maternal grandmother, the late Francis Laabs and the brides mother, Margerat Bray. Matron of honor was Devin DeCator of Grand Rapids, Mi., college friend of the bride. Bridesmades were Kara Rasch of Lowell, Mi., Ashley Bernard of Quinnesec and Bridgett Cazzola of Bay City, Mi., all college friends of the bride. Best man was Joe Moreau of Plover, Wi., brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Nathan Meneghini of Baltimore, friend of the groom, Andrew Mattson of Gladstone, friend of the groom, and Troy Pollard of pembine, Wi., brother of the groom. Ushers were the bride’s brothers, Wyatt Bray of Appleton, Wi., and Isaac Bray of Green Bay, Wi. The reception was held at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris. The bride is a 2008 graduate of Norway High School and a 2010 graduate of Ferris State University. She is employed with Allina Health in Minneapolis as an Information security Engineer. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Norway High School and a 2010 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed at CBRE in Bloomington, Mn. as an Accounting Supervisor. They honeymooned in Oahu and Maui, Hawaii. The couple resides in Bloomington, Mn. with their dog,Toby.


Local chef Chris Van Ende has published a Cookbook titled “Eat Dessert First”! Pictured here on the right is Chris donating one of the cookbooks to the library. The books are now out on sale and highly recommended to anyone who likes to eat... Cookbooks are available at The Norway Current office

Join us for a Family Games Day at the Dickinson County Library—Main and Solomonson Branches, on Saturday, February 25! Kids, teens, and families are invited to drop in any time during the day to play our variety of board and card games, or bring your own games! Bring a game buddy, or challenge other attendees to a friendly competition! Games will be available from 9 AM – 5 PM at the Dickinson County Library—Main Branch in Iron Mountain, and 10 AM – 1 PM at the Dickinson County Library—Solomonson Branch in Norway. F AMILY G AMES D AY A T T HE L IBRARY


Every year the Marquette Choral Society considers whether and to whom to present annual Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Awards, launched in 1991 in celebration of our then twentieth anniver- sary. We invite your nominations for this award, which must be submitted in writing and must show that the nominee has provided at least ten years of service to choral music in the Upper Peninsula (including excellence in teaching, conducting, and/or support for quality choral music). Awards may be presented posthumously; no more than two awards per year can be granted. The deadline for nominations is February 13, 2017. Please send the nomination to: The Marquette Choral Society, c/o NMU Music Department, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.


The Norway Current/Menominee County News FEBRUARY 1, 2017

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