The Advance-Rumely Company of La Porte, Indiana was one of the largest and most successful thresher manufacturers in the United States during the late 1800s.
The company was founded in 1856 by Jacob Rumely, who emigrated from Alsace, France to America in 1837.
Rumely's first machines were steam-powered threshers that he sold throughout the Midwest. In 1886, he partnered with Advance Thresher Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, and the newly formed Advance-Rumely Company became one of the leading suppliers of steam-powered threshing machines in the country.
In 1909, Rumely began experimenting with gasoline-powered engines, and by 1911 he had developed a successful model that was used to power his company's threshing machines.
In 1929, Rumely formed a new company, Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, to manufacture a wider range of products including tractors.
By the 1920s, Advance-Rumely had a full line of tractors ranging from the small 15-30 model to the large 60-90 model. The company also produced a line of combine harvesters and other agricultural equipment.