Fabick Cat Celebrates Centennial Anniversary With Open House at Its St. Louis Headquarters Facility

📅   Wed August 23, 2017 - Midwest Edition #17


Craig McArton, executive vice president and COO of Fabick Cat, thanks the customers and employees of Fabick Cat for attending.
Craig McArton, executive vice president and COO of Fabick Cat, thanks the customers and employees of Fabick Cat for attending.
Craig McArton, executive vice president and COO of Fabick Cat, thanks the customers and employees of Fabick Cat for attending. 
Fabick Cat CEO Doug Fabick addressed those in attendance and shared his thoughts on the company’s centennial. 
Randy Besand, Pace Construction, won fantasy batting practice with the St. Louis Cardinals. 
Doug Weible, Fred Weber Inc. and Jerome Guilford, regional manager of the western United States and Canada of Caterpillar. 
Tim Casper, Casper & Son Inc., and Harry Fabick, chairman of Fabick Cat, share a few stories at the 100th year anniversary celebration. 
(L-R): John Ballmann, Ballmann Earthworks, and Matthew and Tom Kelpe of Kelpe Contracting Inc., enjoy the barbeque lunch at the anniversary celebration. 
(L-R): John IV, Kelli, Doug and Jeré Fabick thank all of their employees and customers at the centennial anniversary. 
Approximately 1,500 Fabick Cat employees, customers, Caterpillar representatives and community leaders joined a centennial celebration at Fabick Cat headquarters in St. Louis on July 28. 
A St. Louis Police helicopter landed on site and was on display throughout the day. 
The day’s festivities included an antique Caterpillar tractor display compliments of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) and long-time Fabick Cat customer Frank Twehous. 
Joe (L) and Linda (R) Maloney of KPMG LLP, are greeted by John Fabick IV, of Fabick Cat, at the 100th anniversary celebration.
Caterpillar Region Manager, Jerome Guilford, congratulated Fabick Cat and Fabick Family on being among the rare group of less than 1 percent of United States businesses to reach their 100th anniversary. 
St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Fredbird was popular with everyone in attendance. 
Fabick Cat Senior Vice President, John Fabick IV expressed gratitude to all employees past and present for making achievement of this milestone possible. He was joined by his daughter Kelli Fabick, representing the fifth generation of the Fabick family involved in the business.
Company President, Jeré Fabick, made a surprise announcement that in celebration of the company’s 100th Anniversary, Fabick Cat and the Fabick family were making a $100,000 donation to six charitable partners — a total contribution of $600,000. 
Sandy Koller of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital presents Doug Fabick with an award. St. Louis Blues alumni were on hand to sign autographs, including (L-R) Jamal Mayers, Terry Wake and Cam Janssen. 
(L-R): Gary Crean, Craig McArton, Fabick Cat vice president and COO, Brent Phelps and Marilyn McArton enjoy their time at 100th anniversary celebration. 
(L-R) are Bob Seppa, director of equipment asset management, Fabick Cat; Mike Madden of Tom Madden & Sons Construction; and Doug Fabick, president and CEO of Fabick Cat. 
Michael Luhr (L), Luhr Brothers Inc., catches up with his old friend, Tom Fichter, retiree of Fabick Cat. 
(L-R): Paul and Cheryl Drury, both of Patriarch Contracting; Terry Hennessey, Fabick Cat; Tom and Scott Drury, Bloomsdale Excavating; and Chris Drury, Central Fleet, attend the celebration. 
Segs4Vets is a non-profit organization that awards Segways to severely injured veterans to help solve mobility issues in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial. (L-R): Jerry Kerr, Retired Airforce General, Hal Hornburg, Aly Gaines and Patti Ireland represented the organization at the celebration. 
Curt Ruff and Dana Bussen, both of Bussen Quarries, tour the facility. 
(L-R): Jim Whelan and Sheryl and Bob Metzger, all of Luhr Brothers, attend the event.

Fabick Cat, one of the oldest and most successful Caterpillar dealers in the world, according to the company, serves a six-state region that includes major portions of Missouri and Illinois, one county each in Kansas and Oklahoma, the entire state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The company is celebrating its centennial anniversary throughout 2017 with several different customer, community and employee events, including an open house that took place at its St. Louis headquarters on July 28. The event began at 10:00 a.m. with community, charity and antique tractor displays. In addition to enjoying a lunch buffet, the roughly 1,500 guests in attendance could take a guided tour of the sprawling facility, check out vintage equipment, learn more about local charity organizations and even meet with St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues alumni.

The day's festivities were capped off in a very special and meaningful way with the Fabick family surprising six of the company's charitable partners with a $100,000 donation each to commemorate Fabick's 100 years in operation. The organizations honored were:

1. The MASTERS:

Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society — providing financial aid for a trooper's immediate surviving family member (wife or husband) and children if he or she is killed in the line of duty.

2. St. Louis Police Foundation:

Supporting the difficult work of the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments through the donation of funds, goods and services.

3. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital:

Helping make the delivery of exceptional health care, in state-of-the-art facilities, available to all children in need of care.

4. Boy Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Area Council:

Helping train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.

5. Wings of Hope:

An aviation non-profit delivering humanitarian programs around the globe to lift people in need towards self-sufficiency.

6. Segs4Vets:

A non-profit organization that awards Segways to severely injured veterans to help solve mobility issues in a manner which is both psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial.

“For 100-years, Fabick Cat has supplied equipment and services that help make progress possible and improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Doug Fabick, Fabick Cat CEO. “Since 1917, our motto has always been, 'To Ever Serve Our Customers Better.' To this day, these words remain the foundation of our success.”

Company President Jeré Fabick emphasized that commitment to service also applies to community support.

“As a family-owned business spanning five generations, Fabick Cat has a long history of giving back, and we are honored to affirm this deep commitment to our community by making this $600,000 contribution to our charitable partners.”

Continuing its centennial celebration on July 29, Fabick Cat also partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals to allow the first 30,000 fans to take home a Replica 1919 jersey, courtesy of Fabick Cat, when the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks. 4,000 Fabick Cat employees and families, retirees, customers and friends were provided tickets to the game. In addition, as a special thanks to the St. Louis community, Fabick Cat sponsored Jersey night and fireworks at Busch Stadium. The game set an all-time attendance record.

CEG