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Dan Rauch Promoted at Peterson Machinery
Peterson Machinery Co. is pleased to announce that Dan Rauch has been promoted to Truck Engine Service Manager at the dealership’s Eugene headquarters. He will be responsible for the operations of both the truck shop and EPG (Electronic Power Generation) field service. Rauch is an experienced diesel technician, holding an associates degree from the Universal Technical Institute. He spent 11 years with Halton Cat, in Portland, as service supervisor for field service, truck shop, EPG, and marine engine repair. Rauch joined Peterson Machinery in 2006 as the truck shop foreman at the dealership’s Redmond location.

Changes at Olofsfors
Effective January 1, 2008, all Olofsfors ECO-Track and ECOWheel Track products will be sold by Olofsfors Inc. in North America. A new company, Olofsfors Inc. has been established in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in partnership with the Management of Hultdins Inc. and Olofsfors AB of Sweden. Olofsfors Inc. will be run by the same dedicated people who have brought you the Olofsfors track products through Hultdins Inc.                       

Olofsfors Inc. will be the North American headquarters for Olofsfors Track products with an established production facility and dedicated marketing personnel. The company can be contacted at (519) 754-2190.

New Website for Peterson Machinery
Peterson Machinery Co., the authorized Caterpillar dealership for central and southern Oregon, has launched its newly redesigned website at www.petersoncat.com. The updated and improved site features industry links, articles, store locations and hours, a short and easy-to-remember URL, and direct access to online ordering through Caterpillar’s PartStore.  
                     
“With petersoncat.com, we hope to become the area’s onestop source for Caterpillar machines, parts, and information,” explains Tom Catalano, marketing manager. Peterson has also introduced a new dedicated Parts Hotline where customers throughout the territory can call one central number and arrange their parts purchases, deliveries, and pick ups.                       
The service has already impacted operations, with customers spending less time on hold and enjoying shorter lines at the dealership’s seven locations. “The orders are processed for pickup at the Peterson Machinery store of the customer’s choice, or a parts drop is arranged at one of our many drop locations throughout the state,” explains Roy Walker, general manager, Product Support.                       

To reach Peterson Machinery’s Parts Hotline representatives, customers can call 866-228-3447 (toll-free), extension 8428 or 8438.

Caterpillar Acquires Blount’s Forestry Division
Caterpillar Inc. and Blount International, Inc. announced that Caterpillar is acquiring the assets of Blount’s Forestry Division. In a separate transaction, six Caterpillar dealers have agreed, in principle, to acquire certain assets of Pioneer Machinery, Inc., a premier distributor of forestry products in the southeastern United States.                       

Under the agreement between Caterpillar and Blount, Caterpillar will acquire two Blount manufacturing facilities, a sales office, a service parts warehouse, and product support operation in North America, as well as an assembly operation in Sweden. Since 2003, Caterpillar and Blount have had an agreement to jointly produce and market products globally under the Caterpillar and former Timberking brands. Blount International, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a diverse, high-performing industrial company consisting of two business segments: The Outdoor Products Group and the Industrial and Power Equipment Group, which includes its Forestry Division.                       

“Caterpillar recognizes the value of our experienced workforce and our long history of market-leading products,” said Dennis Eagan, president of Blount’s Industrial and Power Equipment Group. “Our dealers and customers can expect a smooth transition of ownership and will be well served by Caterpillar.”

John Deere Builds Machines for U.S. Marines
In September, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded John Deere Construction & Forestry Company an estimated $125 million contract to build up to 540 Medium Crawler Tractors (MCTs).                       

The MCTs are being built for the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., for delivery to military bases throughout the United States and overseas. “These units will be used in combat and combat support, so they have to operate over the worst possible unprepared terrain, including sand, snow, and mud,” said Sandra Bridge-Chase, manager of government sales for John Deere. “We’ll customize the machines to deliver optimum performance and durability in all sorts of extreme-duty conditions.” She added, “This is the second largest contract we have won with the Marines in less than a year. We’re honored by their confidence in John Deere and are proud to provide equipment that will support and protect our troops.”