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New Holland celebrates 700,000th square baler milestone

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The recent unveiling of the 700,000th square baler made at the New Holland , Pennsylvania USA plant was accompanied by a celebration to commemorate the continuing success of one of the most significant labor-saving inventions in the mechanisation of world agriculture. Also recognised and celebrated during the event were recent upgrades made at the facility to strengthen its worldwide standing as the centre of hay tools excellence.

The first successful automatic self-tie square baler, the machine that revolutionised haymaking, was invented by Ed Nolt, a farmer from New Holland, Pa., more than 70 years ago. It soon brought worldwide attention to New Holland Agriculture as the premier manufacturer of haying equipment.

Today, the New Holland facility in Pennsylvania is the largest of its kind in the world, with balers and other hay tool equipment shipped from New Holland to countries around the world. The most recent facility enhancements came in the form of a $US34 million upgrade project including a plant expansion and renovation with two new, state-of-the-art paint systems.

In addition to square balers, the New Holland manufacturing facility produces round balers, pull-type forage harvesters and other haying equipment. The 700,000th square baler made at New Holland was unveiled and presented to farmer Ken Myer of Elizabethtown, located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pa. Ken has purchased over 20 New Holland square balers in the past two decades, upgrading his baler for a new model every year.

The 700,000th New Holland square baler, a Model BC5070, is one of the new generation square balers New Holland Australia has introduced for 2009. The commemorative unit features unique decaling designed to represent the era when New Holland introduced the first automatic self-tie baler, launching its reputation as an innovator and leader in hay harvesting technology.

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