In April of 1893, Bucyrus Steam Shovel and Dredge established a manufacturing footprint in the South Milwaukee community by moving their operations from Ohio to Wisconsin, building a long-lasting mining legacy. The facility initially produced steam powered shovels, like the ones used to dig the Panama Canal. Over the years, many other models of excavation machinery where built there, including today's electric rope shovel.
This past summer, the South Milwaukee facility celebrated 120 years of operation by participating in an Evening on the Avenue block party hosted by the South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. The event was held in conjunction with the Chamber's Heritage Week celebration.
South Milwaukee Visitor Center Program Manager Paul Johnson attended the event.
"Participating in Evening on the Avenue was a great way to show Global Mining's commitment to the South Milwaukee community. We're proud to be a part of this community," Johnson said.
Various downtown businesses participated along with vendors, food, live music and demonstrations. Several visitors stopped by the Caterpillar exhibit, and volunteer museum docents spent some time with the inquisitive visitors.
The exhibit, prominently featuring our products, facility and people, has since been retrofitted and is now on display at the Heritage Museum located inside the Heritage Building on the South Milwaukee campus.