H.O. Penn Machinery Hosts Open House in Holtsville

📅   Mon October 16, 2017 - Northeast Edition #21


Bill Allen of Allen Industries and Jim Smith, H.O. Penn sales representative, head to the food tent after spending some quality time in the demo area.
Bill Allen of Allen Industries and Jim Smith, H.O. Penn sales representative, head to the food tent after spending some quality time in the demo area.
Bill Allen of Allen Industries and Jim Smith, H.O. Penn sales representative, head to the food tent after spending some quality time in the demo area. Customers gather at registration tent to enter their names for a chance to win one of the many prizes being raffled off at the event. (L-R): Ozzie Pinnello, operator; Nick Golanec, technician; and Louis Morales, operator, all of Patrick Bistrian Jr. Inc. in East Hampton, N.Y., are enjoying the H.O. Penn event. Seen on the right is the Caterpillar 2-D CGC screen and the Trimble 3-D Earthworks TD520 on the left. Desmond Greaves, owner of DG Custom Built, Bayshore, N.Y., pauses a moment for a photo while testing out equipment. Angel Brito, technician of Whitmores Inc., East Hampton, N.Y., is focused on testing out equipment during the event. This Caterpillar fan takes a break from the playground to try out some big construction toys. Sitech was on hand and well equipped to answer any and all technology related questions. Customers line up to take their turn on the Cat 336 equipped with Cat Grade Control. The Cat 323 also drew a large crowd. The demo machines were kept busy throughout the event. Customers enjoying another H.O. Penn open house. The sun sets on another successful H.O. Penn open house. A live demo area was set up to show customers how they can increase jobsite accuracy and eliminate the need for grade stakes, while also making the job site safer. In the demo area, a Caterpillar dozer simulates setting the base layer of a road project, while a Cat excavator digs a detention basin using Trimble technology. Red Tag area machines prior to the open house are ready to find homes. This wooden Caterpillar D6R replica was donated to H.O. Penn by long-time customer, Masone Brothers Inc., in honor of the late Rich Masone. H.O. Penn’s product support showcase tent. Joseph Spee (L), territory manager of Caterpillar Paving Products, assists Christopher Vecchia, president of Suffolk Asphalt in Medford, N.Y. Maurice Corrigan, owner of Maurice L Corrigan and Sons, Southampton, N.Y., checks out the controls of a Caterpillar dozer.

H.O. Penn hosted more than 100 customers at its Holtsville, Long Island, facility on Sept. 21 for an open house event.

During the four-hour event, long-time and prospective customers were able to learn about all of the products and services H.O. Penn has to offer. This included a full product support showcase that provided evidence of how customers of H.O. Penn get “More Than the Machine.”

H.O. Penn also provided a live demonstration area with compact and large machines where attendees were provided with hands-on learning about all the new features and benefits Caterpillar machines have to offer. H.O. Penn's partner, SITECH Metro Northeast, was on site in the demonstration area to educate customers on Trimble technology installed on the machines and how this can vastly improve jobsite productivity.

A 3D design setup was used by a Caterpillar D5K dozer to simulate creating a base layer for a road project, and this allowed operators to perform only a few passes (reverse/forward) to be on grade. The Caterpillar excavators had 2D Cat Grade Control (built in from the factory), and the 336 model excavator had a Trimble 3D systems installed. Demonstrating this machine gave customers an understanding of how quickly they can dig to an exact grade without any grade stakes needed.

Other products and services touted during the event included:

• Parts.Cat.Com (Online Parts Ordering);

• EMServices (Equipment Management Services);

• Cat S•O•S Fluid Analysis Lab;

• Brigade rear view cameras and alarms;

• Cat Certified Rebuild and Repair options;

• New Cat backhoe fuel system tune up;

• Cat Inspect (machine inspection tools);

• Cat kits and parts showcase; and

• Cat Work Tools showcase.

Registered attendees also were entered in the drawing for opportunities to win the following:

• Cat tool box;

• Cat garage stool;

• Two $100 gift cards; and

• One-month rental of any compact Caterpillar machine.

CEG