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

HOLTHOLT CAT® (holtcat.com), 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

Mike Rowe Visits DFW to Celebrate HOLT CAT’s $1 Million Commitment to Skilled Trades Educational Programs Across Texas



B50CA41D-F9B1-45CE-88B7-65FDACC784C4 76D25CF5-13C6-4CFD-8C6E-7E7D79864E0A EDAC8D87-543C-4775-B203-E343822AF2FEPep Rally at Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie Honors Students in Vocational Education Tracks; Highlights Value of Public-Private Training Partnerships

HOLT CAT®, the Caterpillar® Equipment and Engine dealer for South, Central, North and North East Texas, today pledged $1 million to support the workforce in “trading UP for a better future” with trade-skills and technical training across Texas over the next three years. The commitment will provide select Texas high schools and technical colleges with funding and resources for job skills training in industries looking to hire.

To mark the commitment and celebrate skilled trades training education, host and executive producer of “Dirty Jobs” and the new series on CNN called, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Mike Rowe joined Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Hull and HOLT CAT and Caterpillar officials for a pep rally at Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie. In addition to the $1 million commitment to vocational education and training in Texas, HOLT CAT presented the Dubiski School of Transportation $10,000 through the CAT Dealership Excellence Fund, which supports classroom guidance materials, equipment purchases and other materials to further technical training and education at the school.

Mike RoweMike Rowe began working with Caterpillar several years ago around the joint interest of driving skilled workers into the American workforce. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation was created to “campaign for hard work and skilled labor,” and applauds schools like Dubiski Career High School that are geared toward giving students training at the primary level that can help them in their future career paths. During the pep rally, Rowe fired up the students and encouraged and praised the value of old-fashioned hard work. The students also presented him with a gigantic banner with all 1,500-plus student signatures committing to Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, “Skilled and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.”

Dubiski and HOLT CAT first formed the “trading UP” internship program in 2012 to offer junior and senior students world-class mentoring with paid internships to learn about repair and maintenance of heavy equipment, including hydraulics, electronics and diesel engines.  Interns graduate from Dubiski with the basic skills to join the workforce as entry-level heavy-equipment technicians.

“Texas depends on skilled trades to get big projects done, and HOLT CAT needs skilled techs,” said J.K. Baxter, HOLT CAT Senior Vice President and General Manager, Machine Division. “By partnering with Dubiski Career High School and other Texas schools, HOLT is investing in the future of individual students as well as the economic well-being of the state.”

“We are proud of the partnership we have with HOLT CAT,” said GPISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Hull. “Our students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in high school before transitioning to great jobs after high school.”

HOLT’s unique internship program with Dubiski has boosted opportunities for youth interested in a career in the skilled trades by giving them access to industry-leading technical training and real-life on-the-job experience. Ten recent Dubiski graduates are currently full-time HOLT CAT technicians and seven current students are completing the internship program with HOLT. Since 2012, more than 80 percent of the Dubiski student internship participants have been offered full-time positions with HOLT CAT.

About HOLT CAT®

Left to right: Eric Hermann (Caterpillar Houston District Manger), Peter John Holt (HOLT CAT Vice President of Power Systems Division Commercial Engine Sales), Rick Elmore (Director, School of Transportation, Dubiski Career High School), JK Baxter (HOLT CAT Senior Vice President and General Manager).

Left to right: Eric Hermann (Caterpillar Houston District Manger), Peter John Holt (HOLT CAT Vice President of Power Systems Division Commercial Engine Sales), Rick Elmore (Director, School of Transportation, Dubiski Career High School), JK Baxter (HOLT CAT Senior Vice President and General Manager).

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 more than 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.”

About Dubiski Career High School

Mike Rowe with Dubiski Tech StudentsJohn A. Dubiski is a GPISD public high school of choice with a focus on equipping students with the skills they need for 21st century professions.  The five Schools within Dubiski are aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor Career Clusters. Students choose a sequential course of study designed to prepare them for a 2 year or 4 year college or enter the work force with a license or certification. Dubiski offers a variety of graduation degrees.  www.gpisd.org/dubiski

About mikeroweWORKS

As part of Mike Rowe’s “PR campaign for hard work and skilled labor”, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation was established to provide tool stipends, help fund scholarship programs and support other initiatives that reinvigorate trade school enrollments and industrial arts programs around the country.  It has awarded over $3MM in “Work Ethic” Scholarships to students pursuing an education in the trades. Mike’s website, mikeroweWORKS.com, focuses on all the issues related to the widening skills gap, aging workforce, high unemployment and millions of unfilled jobs.

It also provides comprehensive resources for anyone looking to explore those vocations, as well as continue to focus the country on the real dilemmas facing our trade workers, miners and farmers. www.mikeroweWORKS.com

HOLT CAT® to Host Grand Opening of New Store in Edinburg, TX

80815ACD-AAAF-4A3F-BAFB-2667D91D6ADCEVENT DATE: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

WHAT:          HOLT CAT® CEO Peter M. Holt will join company executives and local and state officials for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s newest store, located at 10701 US 281 North (Exit El Cibolo Road and take the turnaround – NOTE – This is a new location and NOT our truck service facility on 281 and 25th street).

21627D5F-F5BF-401B-8C6C-0E49824ACE65This 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will provide heavy equipment and engine parts, service, sales and rentals to customers across the Rio Grande Valley. The facility will continue to deepen the roots HOLT CAT has in this vitally important region and support continued business growth.

HOLT will also salute the contributions of our military veterans with a skydiving show by retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman. a former member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights.  . Bowman is a double-amputee who lost his legs in a military skydiving accident and is an internationally-recognized inspirational speaker and wounded warrior advocate. HOLT employs 366 veterans, approximately 17 percent of its workforce. 

WHERE:        HOLT CAT Edinburg Full-Service Location

10701 US 281 North

Edinburg, Texas (Hidalgo County)

WHEN:          Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

VISUALS:     Grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony andopen house. Aerial show skydiving event led by former U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman. HOLT CAT CEO, Peter M. Holt, HOLT CAT President and Chief Operating Officer, Allyn L. Archer, and other HOLT CAT executives and employees will be present. Local and state officials are also expected to attend.

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 CAT 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 more than 100 years. Peter M. Holt, Chief Executive Officer of HOLT, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the “Caterpillar.” HOLT 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.

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Caterpillar closing three Illinois production facilities

il-peoria_logoCaterpillar Inc. plans to shutter three component production facilities in Illinois, affecting about 170 jobs in Sterling and Dixon, movingAR-140609362-1.jpg&MaxH=225&MaxW=225 the work to a similar facility in Michigan.

The sites, all Anchor Coupling facilities — a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar — make or distribute hydraulic hose assemblies for both Caterpillar and other equipment manufacturers. The work will be moved to an existing site in Menominee, Mich., in an attempt to cut costs and boost efficiency, the company said in a Friday afternoon news release.

“You’ve got three facilities spread out across two (locations) in Illinois that are doing essentially, primarily the same work as one facility is doing in Menominee,” company spokeswoman Rachel Potts said by phone Friday.

Combining them in the site about an hour northeast of Green Bay, Wis., will allow the company to eliminate some “redundancies in management structures” and internal logistics costs that come from having the work spread out over four locations, she said.

Production at the Illinois plants — one in Dixon and two in Sterling — will be slowed during the fourth quarter this year, and complete the consolidation in the first quarter of 2015, the company said in a news release.

Existing employees will have opportunities for relocation to the combined site, Potts said, though she could not cite the exact number of positions that would be available on the Upper Peninsula for Illinois-based workers to be considered.

The company eyed “a variety of locations across North America” before settling on the existing Michigan location, which will expand operations into a building across the street that Caterpillar currently leases, Potts said.

“In the end, the financial analysis just showed the team that the location in Menominee is a better location for efficiency reasons,” she said.

The analysis not only looked at overall business climate, but also at other costs. She said the Illinois sites also were reviewed, but would not detail what other locations in the United States or Mexico also were considered.

“We recognize that this decision will be difficult for our employees,” said Greg Folley, vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar’s Remanufacturing, Components and Work Tools Division, in a prepared statement. “We value and appreciate the work that our Sterling and Dixon employees have contributed and their dedication to producing and distributing quality products. This decision is not about the performance of these plants, but rather about improving efficiency across the component manufacturing footprint and reducing the cost structure driven by three independent facilities, while providing the highest quality products to our customers.”

This is the latest in a series of plant closures or consolidations for the company, which shed 10 percent of its total work force — about 13,000 employees — last year according to the International Business Times.

The shifts include the closure of a Pulaski, Va., coal hauler plant and the planned shutdown of a marine engine plant in South Carolina that was announced in April. Jobs at that latter facility are expected to be moved to other facilities in Georgia and Texas.

Chris Kaergard can be reached at 686-3135 or ckaergard@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisKaergard.

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