Carolina CAT

Pac-Man. Rubik's Cube. Post-it notes. What do all these things have in common? This year marks 40 years since their debut into the market. But at Carolina Cat, there are two other names that can be added to that list — John Hood and Greg Bradley.

Due to the viral nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE), such as hand sanitizer, masks, safety glasses/goggles and gloves, have seen a dramatic increase in need and often are all but impossible to find. When the spread of the virus came to Charlotte, N.C., and created a shortage of hand sanitizer, two well-respected businesses in town teamed up to provide a solution.

The technical term for the work that Black Rock Crushing conducts at its expansive Ramseur, N.C., processing plant is called "un-bonding," and according to general manager and co-founder John Mason, Black Rock wouldn't be nearly as effective at what they do without the tight bond the company has formed with equipment partners Caterpillar and Lippmann.

Back in 2004, RAM Pavement founder and president Rob Miller gambled big with his career on the line and no clear idea whether his risky play would lead to future success in the paving industry. At that time, Miller was working for a company beset by financial management problems, and as an unhappy employee he reached the point where he issued an proclamation to his fellow coworkers in North Carolina.

The city of Greensboro is currently in the midst of executing an ambitious plan to construct a circular walkway around North Carolina's third-most populous municipality that pedestrians can use with ease. The project is largely making use of asphalt for Greensboro's walking trails; however, local contractor Yates Construction Company Inc.

By working at Carolina Cat as a territory sales representative, Chelsea Parker has had the professional good fortune of not having to stray too far from her home base of Swannanoa, N.C. The small western community with a population of roughly 5,000 residents is part of the greater Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which just so happens to be the territory that Parker covers for the Caterpillar equipment dealer.

Carolina Cat hosted a three-day, hands-on event in Cherokee, N.C., from Oct. 23 to 25. Days one and two were for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians; the third day was for local contractors and other customers. About 75 companies came out to test the latest in Cat equipment over the event's three days.

On Sept. 27, Carolina Cat hosted an operator challenge at its South Charlotte location. It's all part of the 2019/2020 Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge Competition. Operators will test their skills against those of fellow operators around the world to determine who can claim the title of "best." In each stage of the competition, operators will be challenged to test their agility, mental toughness and versatility, as well as their competence in using integrated technology to enhance machine performance, such as Cat Production Measurement and Cat GRADE systems.

Mary Katherine Harbin's start in the construction industry can be effectively traced to three centuries ago, when a British monarch long-forgotten by the history books ceded a farm in northeast Tennessee to her ancestors. Presently, that land grant in Johnson County is one of only a handful of farms that boasts continuous family ownership predating America's independence.

Representing the fourth generation of ownership, Carolina Tractor & Equipment's Amanda Weisiger Cornelson had always envisioned working for the family company one day — just not before venturing out on her own first. While on the surface it may seem like a stretch to compare the largely female-driven retail industry to the obviously more male-dominated world of selling and leasing construction equipment, to Weisiger Cornelson a similarity exists between the two at least on the most basic of levels.

On June 14, Carolina Cat hosted a demo day for members of its Women LEAD employee organization in the Charlotte, N.C., area. The purpose of the Women LEAD initiative is to cultivate a diverse and growing employee base by providing targeted opportunities that foster a supportive community for females working in the construction equipment business.