West Fargo, N.D.-based Bobcat will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008, and to commemorate the event the company last week announced its “How Bobcat Unleashed Me” contest.
The How Bobcat Unleashed Me contest asks users to share how Bobcat equipment has helped them in performing work better, smarter and faster.
Some fifty years ago, Minnesota turkey farmer Eddie Velo asked blacksmith-inventor brothers Cyril and Louis Keller to build a self-propelled loader light enough to be lifted to the second floor of Velo’s turkey barns and small enough to clean around the poles that supported the floor above. In 1958, North Dakota-based Melroe Manufacturing Co., which later became Bobcat Co., partnered with the Keller brothers. This partnership led to the creation of the skid-steer loader and, over time, the compact equipment industry.
In 2008, Bobcat will commemorate the partnership between Melroe Manufacturing and the Keller brothers that created a world-class company that has unleashed generations of customers, in many markets, from the drudgery of hard labor.
To enter, equipment users need to write a brief essay about their experiences with Bobcat equipment and fill out an entry form at the Bobcat 50 Years Unleashed website, www.bobcat.com/50. The grand-prize winner will receive a $75,000 Bobcat gift certificate, good for products or attachments of the winner’s choice at a designated Bobcat dealership in North America.
In addition, five second-prize winners will receive $1,000 gift certificates, good for products or attachments of the winners’ choice at designated Bobcat dealerships in North America. Ten, third-prize winners will receive a Bobcat jacket, and 50 monthly winners will receive the Limited Tailgate Edition of the book Bobcat: 50 Years of Opportunity, 1958 – 2008. Weekly winners will receive a Bobcat 50th Anniversary hat. The grand-prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners.
Selected winning entries will be posted on the Bobcat 50 Years Unleashed website. Entries will be judged on creativity, quality, completeness and originality of answers, as well as any supporting documents. The How Bobcat Unleashed Me Contest concludes on May 30.