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2060I Old State Road, Haubstadt, Indiana 47610

In January 1914, the first engines were manufactured at the new plant. So began one of the major gas engine manufacturing companies in North America. The buildings still stand today.

About 400,000 Hercules and Economy engines were made before production ceased some 20 years later. In addition, a number of less common brands were also made. They included Thermoil, Arco, Jaeger, Champion, Reeco, Servel, Rohaco, Loane, Saxon, Enen, Atlas, Barnwall, Williams and probably others.

Several of us here near Evansville, Indiana are working to gather together information and history. We hope to reconstruct and tell the story of the Hercules Gas Engine Company and its successors.

Our local club, Southern Indiana's Antique &. Machine Club, Inc. (SIAM) is planning a special show in 1989 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hercules venture into the gas engine business.

If you have information to share or own one or more of these engines, we'd like to hear from you. We have a special form to send to you for listing your engine and its characteristics that go with the serial number. Eventually, we plan to put this all together in a publication to be made available to collectors and enthusiasts.