Shaping Wausau: Wausau Iron Works
One of the first effective and most popular snowplows used across the Midwest was produced here in Wausau. And for much of the 20th century, you could stumble upon a Wausau Snowplow in use to clear the snow off highways and city streets, from Maine to Montana.
Wausau Iron Works originally found success fabricating bridges and boilers from their facility on West Ave (just south of Marathon Park). But in 1922, they started to produce the “Wausau Snowplow” after a few years of development with help from Ed Drott. The use of new hydraulics equipment to mount the plows allowed the Wausau Snowplow to be easily repositioned in the field, to clear piles of snow without damaging the roads being cleared. WIW discontinued the product in 1981.
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