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HOLT CAT® Purchases Part Of Expanded Cat Mining Distribution Business From Caterpillar®

C3110C6B-8B25-4EAC-9F5D-C75D81DF6770HOLT CAT®, the Caterpillar® dealer for South, Central, North and East Texas, today announced the acquisition of the expanded Cat mining equipment distribution and support business for its respective territory.  As a result of the acquisition, HOLT CAT has created a new Mining Solutions Division – HOLT CAT’s Mining Solutions Group—led by General Manager Scott Perlet, through which the company will continue to provide outstanding customer service throughout its territory.

“HOLT has been a highly respected supplier to the Texas mining industry for a long time, and our newly expanded mining product line is a positive move forward. This acquisition will enhance our diversity and position in the market while allowing our company to expand its core Caterpillar business,” J.K. Baxter, HOLT CAT Senior Vice President and General Manager, Machine Division.

The acquisition is part of an $80 million commitment HOLT CAT is making in facility upgrades, new buildings, and business expansion across the state of Texas.

Forty-seven employees will move from Caterpillar and join HOLT’s 2,000-plus workforce. This acquisition allows the company to broaden its scope in mining by providing a comprehensive and superior product line, while continuing to provide legendary service that customers have come to expect from HOLT CAT.

“Caterpillar dealers know more about helping customers get the most from Cat products than anyone else, and there are none who share a more storied history with Caterpillar than the Holt family,” said Steve Wunning, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for the Resource Industries group. “The creation of HOLT CAT’S Mining Solutions group is building on the rich history, expertise, resources and commitment to support the products and deliver the services for all of our mining customers in HOLT’s territory.”

HOLT CAT joins other Cat dealers around the world who are selling, servicing and providing world-class support for the expanded Cat mining product line, which includes Draglines, Unit Rig mining trucks, Room & Pillar and Longwall equipment, Electric Rope and Hydraulic Shovels, Highwall Miners, Drills, Belt Systems and various lines of other equipment.

Caterpillar has announced similar transactions with other dealers over the last several months. Caterpillar continues to hold discussions with other Cat dealers that have mining activity in their territories and will continue to operate the former Bucyrus distribution business until the transitions have occurred in a given territory.


HOLT CAT®, DBC16B4D-0F68-4CC6-9D16-215948FCD8B1the Caterpillar® dealer for South, Central, North and East Texas has partnered with the US Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program to provide priority interview consideration to Army soldiers who have completed one term of enlistment.  Through the PaYS Program, HOLT CAT® will have access to a talent pool with valuable skills, leadership qualities and discipline through US Army training.

“What veterans bring to the table is what every American company needs: strong values and a core work ethic. At HOLT, our values-based leadership culture leads to successful careers for our employees, and that is something we take pride in,” said Peter John Holt, General Service Manager of the Machine Division.

Approximately 17 percent of HOLT’s employee base is former military and the company is a strong supporter of veterans in the workforce.


HOLT CAT and PaYS commemorate new strategic partnership. In the photo, from L to R: Bruce McIntyre, Technical Recruiter; Patty Dooley, Director of Employment and Employee Relations; Ron Craft, Vice President Machine Product Support; LTC Rob Patton, Battalion Commander and CSM Torrey Vap, Battalion Command Sergeant Major

HOLT CAT and PaYS commemorate new strategic partnership. In the photo, from L to R: Bruce McIntyre, Technical Recruiter; Patty Dooley, Director of Employment and Employee Relations; Ron Craft, Vice President Machine Product Support; LTC Rob Patton, Battalion Commander and CSM Torrey Vap, Battalion Command Sergeant Major

“PaYS is proud to be partnering with HOLT CAT to provide employment and training opportunities for our veterans,” said LTC Rob Patton, Commander of Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion. “HOLT CAT’s commitment to the military is a prime example of what it means to care for our heroes when they leave service. That’s what we look for in our valued partners.”

Through the PaYS Program, HOLT can load job opportunities onto the PaYS job board database, review resumes of soldiers who show interest in the positions, and guarantee them interview opportunities.

“This unique public-private partnership will help HOLT fill more positions with individuals who bring expertise, training and strong values to the organization,” said Bruce McIntyre, HOLT recruiter and retired Navy Petty Officer. “HOLT’s culture appeals to veterans because of the leadership model we implement into our business operations.”

To commemorate the signed Memorandum of Agreement, Ron Craft, HOLT’s Vice President of the Machine Division, met with PaYS representatives LTC Rob Patton, Battalion Commander and CSM Torrey Vap, Battalion Command Sergeant Major in a private ceremony on Tuesday, November 12. For more information on job opportunities at HOLT, please visit

About Holt Cat®

HOLT CAT sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines, generator sets and trucks in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande.  HOLT offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King® water tankers. HOLT is the dealer for Link-Belt Cranes in the Eastern half of Texas as well as the El Paso area. They are the dealer for AGCO/Challenger and Claas farm equipment for the Eastern half of Texas and portions of Arkansas and Missouri.

The Holt name has been associated with heavy equipment and Caterpillar for over 100 years. Peter M. Holt, Chief Executive Officer of HOLT CAT, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the “Caterpillar.” HOLT CAT has come to be synonymous with quality, integrity and commitment to customer service. The HOLT CAT team is committed to providing rock solid stability with superior products and services to heavy equipment and engine users from Brownsville to Texarkana, Texas. For more information, visit


Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. Schedules Demonstration of “The Largest Variable Reach Forklift in the World”

Kirby smithOn Tuesday, October 8 from 8 am to 5 pm Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. will be introducing to the Permian Basin construction and energy market the Manitou MHT102

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25, 49,000 lb. capacity variable reach forklift and the Komatsu “Intelligent Control Dozer” the D61i-23. The event is an all day, with lunch being served from noon to 1 pm, introduction and demonstration of these units at Kirby-Smith Machinery’s branch location at 7301 E I-20, Odessa, Tx ,79765. The branch location is right off of I-20 and Loop 338 in Odessa, TX.

“Manitou is a leader in variable reach forklifts and has targeted the Permian Basin area at its strategic market for North America to introduce this one of a kind 49,000 lb. telescopic forklift”,

D61PXi_Front_Cover_Image“Komatsu and Kirby-Smith Machinery will also be introducing at this event the World’s First Automated Grade Control Dozer to the Permian Basin market. “Finding operators for the energy sector is tough but finding operators that have the needed experience for grade control is virtually impossible,” states Kevin Demel, Territory Manager for Kirby-Smith Machinery. “The new Intelligent Control System offered on the D61i-23, with the click of a button, gives contractors that strategic advantage in mastering grade control efficiency”, concludes Demel.states Fabien Ledebt, Americas Market & Sales Support Manager for Manitou. “We will be demonstrating the MHT10225 lift capacities at this event and its unique advantages over other types of lift designs inOdessa/Midland”, concludes Ledebt.

Kirby-Smith Machinery has been servicing the oil field construction and crane industry for more than 30 years and is recognized as one of the premiere heavy construction equipment and crane dealers in the country. With more than 2,000 pieces of equipment in their rental fleet alone, Kirby-Smith Machinery is able to help customers with whatever job they might have.

Kirby-Smith has service locations in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Lubbock, Kansas City, Odessa, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, and Tulsa. Komatsu, Wirtgen Group, National Crane, Manitou, Gehl, DoppstadtUS, Atlas Copco, and Gradall are just a few of the premiere products they service.

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Manhattan Construction Group Announces 
John Reyhan as New President of Subsidiary Manhattan Construction Company

UnknownOklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Group, a nationally ranked civil and building construction firm, has named John Reyhan as president of its building construction subsidiary, Manhattan Construction Company.

Reyhan will be responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction and the achievement of specific company goals and objectives, including performance of quality construction services and development of career opportunities for its employees.

Manhattan has operations in in Dallas, Austin and Houston, Texas; Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa, Fla.; the Washington, D.C. Regional area; Atlanta, Ga.; and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla. Reyhan will be based in Atlanta.

“We are fortunate to have John join our management team,” said Francis Rooney, chairman of Manhattan Construction Group. “His integrity and both personal and professional values closely align with our own culture. He brings a breadth and depth of experience to Manhattan which will assure that we can continue to provide innovative and responsive construction service to our clients.”

Reyhan has 27 years of construction industry experience. He previously worked for Skanska USA since 1998, where he has held a succession of leadership roles. He has led the business units for sports, higher education, and federal market sectors, and has served as general manager for the company’s Georgia region, including much of the Southeast United States.

Reyhan’s operational experience is complemented by his commitment to philanthropic, community, and industry leadership. He serves on the Board of Directors for Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (Board Chair 2012), and the American Heart Association (Heart Ball Chair 2012). Formerly, he served on the Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Board of the Directors for the Hispanic Contractors Association of Georgia, as an At-Large Director for the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) – South Atlantic Chapter, and as a member of the State of Georgia’s Mentor – Protégé program.

He graduated from the University of Illinois where he received his bachelor in business management in 1986.