History of ERTL Toy farm tractors

History of ERTL Toy farm tractors

The ERTL Company, the largest manufacturer of toy farm tractors in the world was founded in 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa by Fred and Gertrude Ertl. Fred Ertl licensed the designs of Case IH and John Deere agricultural equipment companies and, with the help of his five sons, he crafted his first tractor replicas. From the start, Ertl believed that both the young and the old would enjoy durable, detailed toy tractor replicas. Fred Ertl, Jr. , at age eighteen, became Vice President of the ERTL company and remained actively involved for forty-seven years. In 1959, the ERTL company was relocated to Dyersville, Iowa, home of the National Farm Toy Museum.

In its history of over six decades, the ERTL company expanded from toy farm tractors into other related areas. In 1973, ERTL began manufacturing plastic model kits for toy tractor, plow and farm wagon replicas. Unlike the plastic model kits, the American Muscle line of diecast cars and trucks produced in the early nineties was popular with baby boomers. ERTL also produced model kits for popular franchises such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Star Trek and Speed Racer. Today, the ERTL brand continues to produce tractor replicas of major industrial brands including John Deere, Case IH and New Holland.

In 1999, Racing Champions (now RC2 Corporation) acquired the ERTL Company. Under the RC2 corporation (acquired by Takara Tomy in 2011), ERTL farm toys remains a quality brand in which toy farm tractors are "just like the real thing, only smaller".ERTL continues to be one of the top manufacturers of die cast toy tractors to this day.


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