SOURCE: CNH

December 10, 2007 09:00 ET

Turning a Tractor to Gold

RACINE, WI--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Jerry Forsythe must feel like King Midas these days. That's because he's the proud owner of the world's only all-gold Case IH Magnum™ 305 -- a tractor that's normally painted the signature red color of other Case IH farm equipment.

Forsythe, a farmer and businessman from Marshall, Ill., is a long-time collector of unique Case IH tractors. "I got the idea for the all-gold model after learning that Case IH would be producing special edition tractors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Magnum's introduction," said Forsythe.

Case IH is manufacturing 100 Gold Signature Edition Magnum tractors for 2008, but those are painted both red and gold. Forsythe wanted something different -- and worked with his dealer, Kurt Edens from Casey Farm Pride, to specially order a one-of-a-kind, all-gold edition.

Although Forsythe mainly uses Case IH equipment on his farm, his all-gold Magnum will not join the working ranks of the primarily-red fleet used to maintain his 28,000-acre operation. Instead, it will be one of many tractors in his private collection of Case IH and Farmall equipment, which also includes the 100,000th Magnum produced and the very first tractor his dad purchased new, a 1948 Farmall H.

Noting a tradition that began with that Farmall H in 1948, Forsythe recalls, "We always had red on the farm; Farmall and Case IH are productive, dependable machines."

Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment -- for those who demand more. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools. For more information, visit us on the World Wide Web at http://www.caseih.com. Case IH is a division of CNH (www.cnh.com) Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI).

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Jerry Forsythe poses with his one-of-a-kind, all-gold Case IH Magnum tractor, which will join his collection of Farmall and Case IH equipment.

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