Gale Manufacturing Company
Gale Manufacturing is established in Albion, Michigan in 1864 by Horatio Gale, A. J. Gale, and E. C. Hollingsworth. The Gale family brings many years of experience manufacturing plows having operated manufacturing concerns in Hillsdale and Jonesville before settling in Albion. The business is prosperous and incorporates in 1874. Soon after a fire in 1885, a new management team forms providing additional capital. Between 1886 and 1890, Horatio Gale, A. W. Butt, and E. P. Burrell acquire Albion Manufacturing with each owning one third interest. The acquisition adds the Albion spring tooth cultivator, Daisy and Giant hay rakes, Albion broadcast seeder, and Albion bean harvester to Gale’s steel, combination, and chilled plows as well as the highly successful “Big Injun” line of plows. A major expansion occurs in 1888 with construction of a new 150,000 square foot building erected on the old grounds and containing the most modern equipment of the time. In 1890, Gale establishes an important branch in Los Angeles, California headed by J. T. Richardson. The California market is just beginning expansion and provides an important new opportunity. The cultivator interest of Castree-Mallery of Flint, Michigan is added in 1892. In 1919, the Moore Plow & Implement Company of Greenville, Michigan acquires Gale Manufacturing selling the Gale line of plows under the Moore-Gale name.