The Ariens Company Museum
in Brillion, Wis., will host an open house during Thanksgiving weekend for community members who wish to learn more about the company's history. The open house is Saturday,Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The event is free to the public and will be hosted in conjunction with the
Brillion Historical Society's Christmas Open House, which is open on the same days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year, Ariens Company will display its newly recreated two-wheeled tractor, the
Pro-QXT™ Tractor. The tractor is a legacy product for Gravely, as it was the first product Benjamin Franklin Gravely, the founder of Gravely, patented in 1916. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the patent, the product was relaunched to the market this year. Ariens Company had ceased producing the tractor in 2004.
The museum has recently been expanded to feature a replica of the original Gravely factory from Dunbar, W.V. Inside the replicated building, several historical products from Gravely's product lineup are on display.
In addition to getting a glimpse of past and present Ariens and Gravely products, guests can see how Ariens Company products had changed over time in response to the evolving needs of farmers, homeowners and professionals. Opened in 2003 to celebrate the company's seventieth anniversary, the museum celebrates a heritage of employee ingenuity, mechanical problem-solving and the very best of Midwestern manufacturing culture.
Museum staff will be on hand during the open house to provide tours and a historical overview to guests.
"We're excited to show off the museum's new Gravely addition, which is a replica of the brand's first factory building," said Mel Edinger, one of the Ariens museum volunteer staff. "This open house will be a great time for the public to get a glimpse at some of the newest products in the Gravely lineup, while they travel through decades of Ariens Company history."
Located at the company's original manufacturing plant in downtown Brillion, Wis., the museum features 7,500 square feet of display space. Within the museum is a full-scale replica of Henry Ariens' garage — the building where the first Ariens tiller was invented.
Other highlights include original equipment from eight decades of business, memorabilia from company founders, a company timeline wall mural, photos, advertisements and catalogs from early equipment, and a nine-foot metal outdoor sculpture called "Man and Machine."
The museum is located at 109 Calumet St., Brillion, Wis