The manufacturing facility opened in 2001 as a joint venture with Caterpillar Inc. and the combines were originally marketed as Caterpillar combines, with Lexion as the model. The company continues to grow through the support of a dedicated manufacturing and engineering team that continuously develops new technology for the requirements of the North American market.
The North American LEXION combines range is distributed and serviced by Caterpillar Dealers.
The LEXION brand is recognized for being among the world's largest and most reliable combines, being showcased on television shows such as Modern Marvels.[citation (source) needed]
In 2002, Caterpillar sold their interest in Claas Omaha back to Claas, and as a result, the Cat name and emblems have been shrinking over the years. As of 2010, the combines began carrying the Claas Lexion name, but continued in their Cat-yellow color. The largest model(s) now use a Mercedes-Benz engine.
There is confusion between Lexion and Challenger combines, as Lexion combines were formerly partly owned by Caterpillar, and they used Cat engines. The Challenger brand of combines by AGCO use the same color-schemes, and Cat engines. The Challenger brand is used under license from Caterpillar as AGCO bought the tractor business from Caterpillar.
Two very different combines, similar colours, but that ends the similarities. (Claas) Lexion are Claas combines. Challenger is a Gleaner/Massey Ferguson combine.