A. Gibson founded
Washington, in 1933 to build railroad cars to transport loggers and
supplies to and from logging camps. The company began to build small
tractors as a sideline during
slack periods. The Gibson trademark was registered in 1943. Tractor production continued in Seattle after a plant
was opened in Colorado.
workers threatened to unionize, Harry’s son Wilber F. Gibson moved
production to a
new factory in Longmont, Colorado, in 1945. Longmont is located forty
miles northwest of Denver. The company's arrival was touted as "the
first new heavy industry to locate in Longmont in over forty years." A
variety of models were
1946 to 1952, including the Model A, the D Series (D, SD, Super D
Super D2), the E Series (E, EF, EW & EWF), the Super G, the H
Series (H, HFS
HFA), and the I Series (I, IFS & IFA). Models A, D and SD were
with a tiller (lever).
beginning with the SD had hoods, grills and fenders. The Super SD was
to have a steering wheel; the Super D2 was the first to have a
engine. Tractors from Model G on were full-sized tractors with four and
engines. Row-crop models, adjustable front axles, tire options, and
systems were available in later tractors. The two longest-lived Gibson
models were the Super D and the Super D2--both being built from 1948
into the 1950's.
A’s were yellow or gray; Model D’s were gray with red wheels. All other
were red with steel-colored rims (some had yellow inner rims).
Models A, D and E were built; less than 500 each of Models H and I were
tractors were sold
United States and in over two dozen foreign countries. By 1948, the company had
expanded its facilities and employed over 200 workers. A Gibson tractor
was advertized as the "Master of 1000 Chores. The tractor is ideally
adapted for use on the small general farm, truck farm, orchards or as a
auxiliary tractor for large farms, ranches, country estates and
municipalites, along with park systems."
The Gibson Company manufactured forklifts for the Navy during the late 1940's and
early 1950's. Tractor production had ceased by 1952, when the company
was sold to
Industries. The Gibson Manufacturing Company then was
as a division of the Fox Metal Company of Denver, Colorado.
tractors were produced; the firm sold parts. Western American
Industries in Longmont, Colorado, took over tractor production and
built approximately 1,000 Models D, SD, and Super D until 1958, when
production was discontinued and the company ceased to exist.