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Alban CAT Holds Fifth Annual Cat-A-Thon Sale & Expo in Baltimore; Mike Rowe Meets, Greets With Guest

Fri November 18, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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Jamie Alban (L), president and owner of Alban CAT, introduces Mike Rowe and presents him with an Alban vest.
Jamie Alban (L), president and owner of Alban CAT, introduces Mike Rowe and presents him with an Alban vest.
Jamie Alban (L), president and owner of Alban CAT, introduces Mike Rowe and presents him with an Alban vest. During Alban’s Cat-A-Thon, the Caterpillar CT660 vocational truck drew heavy interest from both potential buyers and curious onlookers. Steve Nagy of Indexator demonstrates the Rototilt attachment. Sold items accumulate during Alban CAT’s recent Cat-A-Thon. Cole Bacon (L), advertising manager of Alban CAT, emceed a Q&A session during the Cat-A-Thon with Mike Rowe. Thirty allied vendors, including representatives of Fire-X Sales & Service Corp. (shown here), participated in the expo portion of the Cat-A-Thon. Hundreds of pieces of equipment were available with special one-day-only pricing. Mike Rowe (second from L) mingled with the crowd chatting, signing autographs and posing for photos. Here, Joe Camelio (L) and friends of B & M Contractors meet up with Rowe for a photo-op. Mike Rowe (second from R) smiles for the camera with Alban CAT sales representative Jerry Hoehn (second from L) and the gang from Davis Industries. Mike Rowe operates a mini-excavator at one of the equipment rodeos. Alban CAT’s Elizabeth Nolan carved a special pumpkin for the event featuring the new Caterpillar CT660 vocational truck. Derek Arnold of Whitehall, Md., works the controls of a Caterpillar 303C mini-excavator during the equipment rodeo portion of the day’s events.

Alban CAT held its fifth annual Cat-A-Thon Sale & Expo Nov. 1 in Baltimore, Md.

The event featured special deals on hundreds of pieces of Caterpillar equipment, attachments, allied equipment, tires and tracks and more. Cat-A-Thon guests also were eligible to receive product support specials. By simply attending, guests could do one of the following to either receive a $1,000 credit to their account or to win a new 64 GB 3G iPad:

• Sign up one or more of their machines — Caterpillar or non-Caterpillar — for a customer support agreement (CSA);

• Order a Certified Machine or Powertrain Rebuild of their Caterpillar equipment; or

• Open a PartStore account and spend $2,500.

Attendees also were treated to two special guests. Baltimore’s own Mike Rowe, creator, executive producer and host of the Discovery Channel’s popular show, “Dirty Jobs,” paid a visit.

Cole Bacon, advertising manager of Alban CAT, emceed a Q&A session with Rowe. Bacon and Cat-A-Thon guests asked Rowe a host of questions about “Dirty Jobs” as well as “Deadliest Catch,” another popular show for which he narrates. His favorite boat captain? Rowe answered the late Phil Harris, former captain of the Cornelia Marie.

The other special “guest” was the new Caterpillar CT660 vocational truck. Announced at this year’s ConExpo, the CT660 has been making pit stops at Caterpillar dealerships across the country. During Alban’s Cat-A-Thon, the truck drew heavy interest from both potential buyers and curious onlookers.

Other highlights of the Cat-A-Thon included a compact equipment rodeo, facility tours, a GPS seminar with Alban and Trimble experts and 30 allied vendor exhibits. A free lunch also was served to all who attended.