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Davenport Locomotive & Manufacturing Corporation

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The W.W. Whitehead Company began manufacturing locomotives in Davenport, Iowa, in 1901. The firm was renamed Davenport Locomotive Works in 1904, then Davenport Locomotive & Manufacturing Corporation

Sometime after September 1930, it was licensed to assemble and market R.G. LeTourneau, Inc. products under the Davenport-LeTourneau brand. This arrangement presumably ended with LeTourneau’s move to Peoria, Illinois, in 1935. Davenport also sold Davenport-Winchell three-wheel roller conversions of industrial wheel tractors. Davenport-Frink snow plows, built in license with Carl H. Frink - Frink Sno-Plows, Inc., and Mov-Mor rotary scrapers were manufactured under “Reynolds patents”; any relationship to Reynolds Manufacturing Company - Reynolds International L.P., which was founded in 1953, is unknown.

Following reorganization in 1933, Davenport Locomotive & Manufacturing became Davenport-Besler Corporation. Davenport-Besler acquired HK Porter Company, Inc. in 1950, and continued its designs. Canadian Locomotive Company acquired Davenport-Besler in 1955.

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