Bobcat Manufactures 750,000th Skid-Steer Loader

August 20, 2008

WEST FARGO, ND – Bobcat Company has manufactured its 750,000th skid-steer loader, reaching the milestone 50 years after the Melroe and Keller brothers partnered to introduce the Melroe self-propelled loader, later known as the Bobcat skid-steer loader. The 750,000th skid-steer loader was manufactured at the Bobcat facility in Gwinner, N.D.

The 750,000th skid-steer loader manufactured by Bobcat is driven off the line at the manufacturing plant in Gwinner, N.D.

Bobcat employees in Gwinner celebrated this milestone on Friday, Aug. 15, with a special assembly line ceremony. The milestone was also marked during a public celebration of the Bobcat 50th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 16, in Gwinner. That celebration included a program featuring Yongmaan Park, chairman of Doosan Infracore, the parent company of Bobcat, and other Bobcat executives, as well as North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and members of the Melroe and Keller families. The celebration also showcased the Bobcat 50 Years Unleashed North American Road Tour, the 24th stop of a 25-city traveling exhibit of Bobcat history criss-crossing the United States and Canada this summer.

Rich Goldsbury (left), president of Bobcat Americas, and Scott Nelson, CEO of Doosan Infracore International, unveil the commemorative decal on the 750,000th skid-steer loader.

The commemorative 750,000th skid-steer loader was a model S205, with a rated operating capacity of 2,050 pounds. Bobcat offers 12 models of skid-steer loaders. The smallest is the S70, with a 700-lb. ROC and the largest is the S330, with a 3,300-lb. ROC.

Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, N.D., is part of Doosan Infracore International (DII), a U.S.-based subsidiary of Doosan Infracore, a global manufacturer of construction equipment.

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