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H.O. Penn Machinery Holds Celebratory Open House

Thu July 13, 2023 - Northeast Edition #15
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One hundred years in business is a major milestone. H.O. Penn Machinery has been marking its centennial anniversary by hosting celebrations at each of its facilities, the latest of which was held at its Newington, Conn., location.

"Traditionally, the Newington branch has drawn the largest crowd for our events," said John Murphy, marketing and business development manager of H.O. Penn. "But this year's turnout was huge, even by Newington standards, with well over 600 attendees.

"We are elated to celebrate this unique business milestone with a rare collective of fellow centenarians. In attendance were Manafort Brothers, The L Suzio York Companies and O&G Industries, all celebrating 100 years in business. These iconic companies, all of which started out as smaller operations, serve as in inspiration to all contractors demonstrating that with hard work and determination anything is possible," Murphy said.

Visitors were treated to a wide range of activities including live music, operator challenges, equipment and product displays, raffles, door prizes, food, antique equipment, children's activities and much more. The next event is scheduled for H.O. Penn's Holtsville (Long Island), N.Y., branch on Aug. 3, 2023.

For more information, visit www.hopenn.com. CEG

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More than 600 attendees turned out for the milestone celebration.
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This was the largest attended event ever held by H.O. Penn, with well more than 600 people gathering to help celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
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Simulators produce such a realistic experience for the operator it can be hard to distinguish what is real and what is not.
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Every aspect of H.O. Penn’s Caterpillar offerings was represented at this event.  Here, H.O. Penn employees discuss a customer’s undercarriage needs.
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Bryan Nix (L), general service manager, catches up with Jeff Mitchell, president of H.O. Penn.
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Plenty of kiddie toys were on hand for the younger operators.
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H.O. Penn’s John Murphy (R) shares his years of wisdom with Chris Dwyer, who has a summer apprenticeship with H.O. Penn while he attends Purdue University.
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Caterpillar excavators come in a range of sizes. Here, the Cat 302 mini (approximately 5,000 lbs.) shares space with a Cat 374 (approximately 158,000 lbs.).
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The centennial celebration offered a great opportunity to kick tires and get a little seat time.
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Willing participants competed in an excavator operator challenge.
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The Caterpillar chopper custom, which was made by the famous Orange County Choppers.
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Plenty of good food was available for guests of the open house.
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Pete’s Tire Barn, headquartered in Orange, Mass., displayed its tire services.
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Town of Newington Deputy Mayor Gail Budrejko reads a proclamation from Mayor Beth DelBuono congratulating H.O. Penn on 100 years in business.
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H.O. Penn’s Rick Rodriguez demonstrates Caterpillar’s latest fleet management tool, VisionLink.
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A Caterpillar long-reach excavator provides the perfect welcoming arch for guests as they arrive.
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A 1929 Cat No. 10 tractor, originally purchased from Cicel Brothers in Stamford, Conn., for $450, was on display. These tractors were manufactured between 1928 and 1933; this one is owned by Dave Alaks of H.O. Penn Machinery.
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This Cat 22, manufactured in 1938, is owned by Dick Hallberg, Earth Inc.
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From the Cat merchandise exhibit, Michael Fanelli offers a Caterpillar O-ring kit.
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A couple of attendees enjoy a game of Corn Hole.
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Old Glory was proudly on display.
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This 17-yd. capacity bucket belongs to a Caterpillar 992 wheel loader. The 992 wheel loader weighs 233,000 lbs. and is powered by an 825 hp engine. The wheel loader and bucket will be delivered to Tilcon this fall.
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Sitech Northeast was on hand to discuss the latest developments in grade technology.
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