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RACINE, Wis. (November 9, 2007) – The Northeast Illinois Boy Scout organization faced a tough decision last year. The engine blew up on a tractor that mows grass and handles other maintenance chores at the Scouts' summer camp in northern Wisconsin. Repairing the engine would cost more than the tractor was worth – and a new machine would cost many thousands of dollars.

Case IH, a farm equipment company based on Racine, Wis., has come to the rescue. Thanks to Case IH, a shiny red Farmall tractor soon will be heading north to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation in Pearson, Wis. 

"With more than 1,500 acres to maintain at the camp, we really appreciate this tractor donation from Case IH," says John Mosby, CEO of the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America. "The value of the new tractor is over $16,000, and purchasing it out of our annual operating budget may have required reductions in programs and supplies for some of our youth programs. The generosity of Case IH means we now have a state-of-the-art piece of equipment for our camp operations, without causing any programs to suffer from lack of funds."

The Case IH DX31 Farmall tractor features 31 engine horsepower and is equipped with roll-over protection for the safety of the operator. 

"Case IH is pleased to have the opportunity to support the Boy Scout organization by providing this Farmall tractor," says Shawn Boone, Case IH tractor marketing manager. "We have great respect for the work that the Boy Scouts do to instill values and prepare young men to be leaders of tomorrow."

"Next year is the 85th anniversary of the first Farmall tractor so this is a great way for Case IH to support the community and also celebrate this milestone in our history," he adds.

Boone and other representatives from Case IH will officially present the tractor to the Boy Scouts during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:15 a.m. at Libertyville High School. The ceremony will be part of Council Training Day – a Scout volunteer leader training program with 75 different courses and workshops being held Saturday at the high school.

The Northeast Illinois Council serves 18,000 Boy Scouts and 4,000 volunteer leaders, from Evanston north to the Illinois border, and from Lake Michigan west to Wauconda. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

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 Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE:CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Group (FIA:MI).