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Carter Machinery Company Excited to Partner with Weiler on Purpose-Built Forestry Products

Salem, Virginia – As previously announced, Caterpillar Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell the Cat® purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, Inc. Carter Machinery Company will work closely with Weiler and Caterpillar to ensure a smooth transition for our customers.

Drew Parker, Carter Machinery Company Dealer Principle commented, “We are excited about the partnership with Weiler that this sale creates.  We already have a strong relationship with the Weiler team and are looking forward to continuing to working together as we take the next step in the Cat forestry product legacy.”

Weiler will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products out of the existing manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Georgia. It is anticipated that approximately 270 employees currently supporting the purpose-built forestry business will retain employment with Weiler.  Caterpillar will continue to provide forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing and other forestry applications, in addition to supplying core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry. Carter Machinery Company will continue to support the sales and service for the complete forestry portfolio.

Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long-standing history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment and they currently produce an extensive portfolio of products distributed through the Cat dealer network.

“We have a strong commitment to customer success and a proven track record of working with Cat dealers all over the world,” commented Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc.  “We are an engineering-led company that focuses on reacting quickly to customer needs.  Our company structure allows us to make decisions quickly and execute efficiently. We are confident that our existing product line experience, our flexible design and manufacturing strategy, and our dedication to customers provide a strong foundation to successfully serve the purpose-built forestry segment.”

Carter Machinery Company customers remain our top priority.  In this transition period, we will continue to take orders for purpose-built forestry products and support those machines for their life in the field.  We are committed to working with Caterpillar and Weiler to ensure we continue to provide the customer service our customers have come to expect from us. 

Drew Parker went on to say, “We remain highly committed to our Forestry customer base as well as their long term success.  We want them to know that they can continue to count on us to support the Cat machines that we have sold over the years as well as those that we will sell in the future. In fact, we believe this partnership with Weiler will give us the speed to market and quality to serve them even better in the long term and going forward.”

The sale of the purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, expected to be finalized by early 2019. 

If you have any questions about this announcement, please reach out to your Carter Machinery Sales Representative or Sales Manager.