Details about Bobcat Diggers
The Doosan Group of South Korea owns the Bobcat Company, which is a farm and construction equipment manufacturer based in the United States. Its American headquarters, which were previously located in Gwinner, North Dakota, have relocated to West Fargo. Bobcat's European headquarters moved from Waterloo, Belgium, to Dob (near Prague), Czech Republic, in 2017. From 1995 to July 2007, it was a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand before being sold to Doosan Infracore for US$4.9 billion. Skid steer loaders, compact excavators, side-by-sides, compact tractors, and other small hydraulic equipment are all sold under the Bobcat name. It's one of the few big manufacturing companies in the state.
Louis and Cyril Keller created Keller Welding and Repair in the 1950s near Rothsay, Minnesota. In 1956, Eddie Velo, a local turkey farmer, approached the Kellers with a request for a machine small enough to travel within a pole barn and light enough to work on its upper level. The brothers presented Velo with a modest three-wheeled design with a belt-driven transmission on February 4, 1957. After learning about the shortcomings in the belt-driven gearbox, the Kellers invented and patented a more durable clutch-based transmission system in 1958. The redesigned transmission was used to build the Melroe M60 loader.
The Kellers' uncle, who worked for Melroe Manufacturing Company in Gwinner, North Dakota, suggested that Melroe market the machines, which led to Melroe inviting the Kellers to exhibit at the 1958 Minnesota State Fair. Melroe introduced the four-wheeled M400 "Skid-Steer Loader" in 1960, and the 440-model loader was the first to carry the "Bobcat" brand name in 1962. Les Melroe and advertising agent Lynn Bickett brainstormed names on the way from Minneapolis to Gwinner and came up with "Bobcat." Bickett and Sylvan Melroe coined the slogan "tough, fast, and nimble" to sell the early loaders.
Clark Equipment Company bought Melroe Manufacturing Company in 1969, and Ingersoll-Rand bought it in 1995. Clark Equipment Company, along with the rest of Ingersoll-construction Rand's equipment business, was sold to the Doosan Group of South Korea for US$4.9 billion in 2007. Clark Equipment Company is now known as Bobcat Company. Bobcat Company holds trademark registrations all over the world for the name "Bobcat."
In 2009, Hermann Simon recognised the company as a role model for other small- to medium-sized businesses in his book Hidden Champions: Lessons From 500 of the World's Best Unknown Companies.
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