Industry and Farmers:


| November/December 2000

UAW Local 662 2025 Hillcrest Drive Anderson,Indiana 46012

While some collectors were busy celebrating the beginning of a new millennium during the wintertime, many were busy sanding away the rust, oiling parts, repainting those dulled parts, and polishing, so once more they could show their tractors and gas engines in near-mint condition.

Passionately, 203 exhibitors registered to display their treasures at the United Auto Workers Region Three Antique Tractor and Trade Show, June 1-3, 2000.

The year 2000 finally presented the show with a weather-perfect Indiana weekend, and crowds from all over the United States.

The Marion County fairgrounds, located southeast of Indianapolis, was the site for this year's show. The UAW Gas Engine and Tractor Show originated at UAW Local 662 in Anderson, Indiana, but has been combined with the UAW Corporate/Employer Trade Fair, and is made possible by Region Three UAW, Terry Thurman, Director.

While preparing this article it has come to me how the workers in industry and the farmers are really 'partners in history.' Many of the workers in our plants have come from the farm, where good work ethics are formed. They have taken pride in producing implements and tools to go back onto the farm, then the farmers purchase those tractors and implements and the cycle repeats itself. Now, many of those 'farm boys' working in industry are collecting and restoring those tractors and gas engines that were once used by them or their dad and grandfather.