Along with the Jordan Company, There were a few other types of spreaders that were built by different company's. Most of these were built as competitors to O.F. Jordan. Examples of these include:
Mann McCann Spreaders:
There is not much information around about these spreaders. These spreaders had the cab in the back and used 2 pairs of wings, along with a nose plow. The thing was the wings were not easy adjusted like a Jordan, thus much time was lost changing the angle of the spread. 3 of these spreaders went to the Burlington northern when it was formed, and one of them survives and is preserved today. It is NP 642 ( BN 972602 ) owned by the The Northern Pacific Railway Museum. Mann McAnn spreaders gained notoriety for work on the Panama Canal project. More info will be added as it becomes available. In 2014 we came across a Mann McAnn spreader brocure. Click on the photos to view larger versions.
Northern Pacific 641 at an unknown location. From the collection of John C. LaRue Jr.
A clearance diagram of BN Mann Mcann Spreaders.