Johnson Tractor was born in 1980 in Darien, WI. The business was formed when Ray Johnson and his son, Leo bought the former Clinton Implement from partner Bruce Lucas. Bruce and Ray had run Clinton Implement and Hatchery from 1953 until 1980 as an International Harvester dealership…..and for a short time a chicken hatchery! Clinton Implement’s history dates back to pre-World War II with original owners Burdette Rogers and Foss Winniger.
As with many International Harvester dealerships in the mid ‘80s, a life changing event happened with the Johnsons when JI Case bought International Harvester in 1984. The end result was the sale of the Darien, WI facility to a trucking company and the purchase of the CaseIH company store at Janesville, WI.
Today, Ray’s two sons, Leo and Eric own and operate 4 CaseIH dealerships in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois with 90 employees covering 20 counties including some of the best soils in the Midwest. Rounding out the management team are Eric Reuterskiold and Sue Johnson. The dealerships primary brands are CaseIH and Kubota, plus a number of “short lines” to meet our diverse customer’s needs.