Jul 22, 2023

O.S. Kelly Company road rollers history in Springfield, Ohio

Before 1889, no road rollers were made in the United States.

The O.S. Kelly Company had been building steam traction engines to pull rollers imported from England, but O.S. Kelly decided it was time to go into the business.

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The Kelly-Springfield Road Roller Company launched its first line in 1902 and by 1910 was the largest producer of road rollers in the world. They merged with their biggest rival, Buffalo Steam Roller in 1913 to become Buffalo-Springfield (inspiring the name of the 1960s band) and eventually becoming Koehring, then BOMAG, U.S.A.

The 1921 Buffalo-Springfield Roller pictured above is on display at the Heritage Center.

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