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Holt Cat® President And Coo Allyn Archer Announces Retirement After Distinguished 43-Year Career

HOLTHOLT CAT® (, the Caterpillar® Equipment and Engine dealer for South, Central, North and North East Texas, announced today that its president and chief operating officer, Allyn L. Archer, has decided to retire on December 31, 2014 after a distinguished 43-year career with the company.

Archer joined the company as a service technician lead-man in 1971 in Corpus Christi.  He received numerous promotions and worked in multiple sales and service roles across the company, ultimately ascending into senior management.

Allyn Archer

Allyn Archer

In 1986, HOLT CAT CEO Peter M. Holt appointed Archer executive vice president and general manager. In this position he was responsible for leading all HOLT CAT divisions.

Archer became a partner with Peter M. Holt in 1993 and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 1995.

Under Archer’s leadership, HOLT CAT grew from one of the smallest Caterpillar dealerships in the U.S. to the largest, based on sales volume. In 2002, Archer helped engineer a landmark acquisition of Darr Equipment Company, which doubled the company’s size and extended its operating territory to 118 counties in Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

“Allyn’s career has been distinguished by a relentless commitment to excellence, integrity, values and service,” said Holt.  “He has left an indelible mark on this company and on the lives of countless customers and employees who have benefitted from his expertise and example.

“Under his leadership our business has grown dramatically to serve new markets and new lines of business, becoming the #1 Caterpillar dealer in the nation, Holt added.

“That is an outstanding legacy, and we will miss him. But after 43 years of loyal service, I’d say he’s certainly earned the right to spend more time with his family and enjoy his favorite hobbies: ranching, hunting and fishing.”

Archer is a native of McAllen, TX, graduating from McAllen High School and attending Pan American University in Edinburg. Prior to joining HOLT CAT he served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.

 Allyn Archer and David Harris

Allyn Archer and David Harris

Holt also announced that HOLT CAT executive vice president and general manager David Harris will succeed Archer, effective January 1, 2015

KOBELCO Opens New North American Headquarters In Katy, TX.

vcsPRAsset_2790566_65668_f044f888-080b-4100-8a56-123f85e1b646_0Eight months after announcing plans to build a new, US based corporate headquarters, KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA opened the doors to its expansive new facility in Katy, Texas. The company will service dealers and customers throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America from this location.

According to Pete Morita, President of KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA, “Our new building was constructed to support the rapid growth of KOBELCO excavators in North America. Everything from the design to the construction of the facility was seamless. From selection of the site location to move-in day, every partner, vendor and KOBELCO employee worked tirelessly to ensure that the project stayed on track. With an extremely aggressive timetable, we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result. Our new headquarters is symbolic of KOBELCO’s success, reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to the marketplace and solidifies our worldwide position as The Excavator Authority.”

The LEED certified headquarters is located at 22350 Merchants Way in Katy, Texas. A major design consideration centered on the company’s parts warehousing capabilities. “The new facility has a custom designed floor plan and racking configuration to accommodate KOBELCO’s exponential increase in on hand parts, ensuring timely parts deliveries to authorized dealers throughout the United States and Canada,” states Eric Hoffman, National Parts Manager for KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA.

The central location of KOBELCO’s new North American headquarters allows the company to operate on extended hours to accommodate the work hours of dealers and customers across the country. Ease of access to Houston’s airports and multi-access shipping systems will allow the company to receive all shipments from overseas at local ports and ship products to dealers and customers via rail, freight or air, depending on the timeframe and need of the customer, product or part being transported.

“Parts and service is an integral and growing piece of our business. Customers demand the best and quickest service possible so we set up the new headquarters to ensure that we can react as quickly as possible to customer requests,” states Hoffman.

vcsPRAsset_2790566_70455_441bb7db-c264-4bcd-a10d-defdc1cec38b_0Along that same vein, the facility was set up for the onsite sales and service training of KOBELCO dealers. According to George Lumpkins, National Service Manager for KOBELCO, “Our new state-of-the-art training facilities will allow us to bring dealers in from all over the country for hands-on training. Our nationwide network of authorized dealers have long been regarded for their exemplary service. We work as a team to ensure KOBELCO dealers are able to continually provide these high standards of service. By partnering with our dealers on this level, we are helping ensure their success with the product line.”

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA originally anticipated building a US Headquarters within 5 years of its independent brand relaunch, but expedited plans to do so before the end of its first year in late 2013. In January, the company officially broke ground at the site of the new facility and moved into the building in mid-September.

“Not only will this facility allow us to continue to increase KOBELCO’s brand presence throughout North and Latin America, but it will also allow us to support the local economy by creating jobs in our community,” states Morita. “KOBELCO always looks for ways to positively impact other businesses and the general population in the areas where we operate.”

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is dedicated to producing a full range of crawler excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 184,000 lb. classes for the rental, landscape, construction, aggregate, roadbuilding, material handling, site preparation, recycling and ancillary markets, including zero tail swing, standard, long-reach and compact models. KOBELCO is well-known worldwide as The Excavator Authority for its steadfast focus on improving and enhancing its singular line of products. KOBELCO machines are well-regarded for their advanced technologies, including an innovative noise and dust reduction system, advanced hydraulic circuitry for reduction of pressure loss and superior fuel efficiency.

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Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. announces new dealer for San Antonio and Austin Texas Markets – Nueces Power Equipment

LiebherrLeveraging its product depth and industry expertise Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. remains focused on building strong partnerships.

Nueces Power Equipment, has accepted dealer sales and service responsibility for the full line of Liebherr earthmoving and material handling equipment for the San Antonio and Austin Texas markets.

Headquartered in Corpus Christi, Nueces Power Equipment has been serving the construction and heavy equipment industry for more than two decades. The company was founded in 1989 and has expanded its operations since then. Nueces Power Equipment operates seven locations across South Texas.

“We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the entire Nueces Power Equipment team to the Liebherr group. Texas is an important market for us and we look forward to our mutual success” said, Peter Mayr, President of Liebherr

Liebherr’s Regional Business Manager, Robert Klima, will be working closely with all seven Nueces locations to help them successfully introduce the Liebherr line to their extensive customer base.

Dire States – Texas and Proposition 1

CASE, ASCO Equipment and the Dire States team joined forces with Texas Good Roads to tour the state and raise awareness to Proposition 1 – a ballot initiative in Texas that will direct approximately $1.7 Billion annually into road and bridge highway improvements.

Strata Systems, Inc. Hires Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Soil reinforcement product manufacturer and distributor, Strata Systems, Inc., has recently selected Scott Czewski, P.E. as its new Midwest Regional Sales ManagerCzewski joins Strata as part of an initiative to develop new business opportunities in the Midwest, and in Strata’s growing base reinforcement and road infrastructure business, and to manage all of Strata’s existing partners.  He’ll service all Midwestern states from Texas, north to the Canadian border and east to Indiana.

Czewski was selected due to his extensive civil engineering and sales background, which totals more than 15 years. He was previously employed at CSI Geoturf in Michigan as a project consultant where he generated engineering specifications for products, developed concepts and methodologies for cost-effective design and performed internal sales and installation training. Czewski holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

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