Altorfer CAT held its annual Iron Night customer appreciation event Oct. 11 in Elmhurst, Ill.
Approximately 150 guests attended the event, which was held for the first time at Altorfer's newly acquired facility in Elmhurst following the company's recent acquisition of Patten CAT.
Demonstrations of the Cat 320 and 323 Next Generation excavators were among the many highlights of Iron Night, during which guests had opportunities to get behind the controls and test out the Next Gen machines for themselves.
In addition to the new excavators, the Cat RemoteTask skid steer was on site for customers to demo, and several other machines were on display for customers to inspect.
Booths also were available for guests to stop by and discuss Altorfer's product support capabilities and Cat financing, where representatives of Cat corporate were on hand to assist.
Altorfer CAT executives, including Derek Altorfer, president and CEO, were on hand to meet with customers.
Altorfer brought in Steamboat Barbecue of Wheaton, Ill., to prepare dinner and Cater by Design of Morton Grove, Ill., to provide refreshments.
Before dinner, attendees listened to Brian Stellbrink, excavator market professional of Caterpillar, deliver a presentation on the Next Gen Hex. The presentation focused on the new Cat Connect technology that comes standard from factory: Cat Grade with 2D, Cat Grade with Assist, Cat Payload with 2D.
Stellbrink also talked about optional upgrade features such as Cat Grade with 3D and Cat Grade with Advanced 2D, as well as the new safety and efficiency features that offer 45 percent increased efficiency, 25 percent reduced fuel consumption, and 15 percent lower maintenance costs, all leading to a safer and more comfortable experience for the operator.
Upon arrival at Iron Night, all attendees received an Altorfer CAT-branded bag, hat, Koozie and flashlight. They also received an "event passport" that directed them to different stations throughout the event. A completed passport earned the bearer a chance to win a Caterpillar cooler.
For more information, visit www.altorfer.com.
Attendees listened to a presentation on the Next Gen Hex.
Demonstrations of the Cat Next Generation excavators were among the many highlights of Iron Night.
Altorfer CAT executives on hand to meet with customers.
In addition to the new excavators, many other machines were on display.
Mike Grubbs (L) of Altorfer CAT shows Jim Hager of Hager Excavating around the demo area at Iron Night in Elmhurst, Ill.
Waiting to show off their operating skills at the Remote-Task skid steer competition (L-R) are Tim Coffey, Dan Borr, and Cody Coffey, all of Coffey Excavating.
Brian Cain (L) of Caterpillar goes over some instructions for the remote-task skid steer competition with Wes Sears of Midwestern Contractors.
Bill Pavin (L) and Vince Caputo, both of Ozinga Materials, came to see the latest Cat iron at the Altorfer CAT Iron Night
Larry O’Neill (L), Altorfer CAT, welcomes everyone to Iron Night. (L-R): Jacob Mrugacz, Bluff City Materials; Daryl Seymour and Chad Seymour of William Charles Construction; Chris Rooney and Oscar Carranza of Advanced Disposal; and Jared Bontz, Altorfer CAT.
(L-R): Jim Vukelich, Altorfer CAT; Craig Robeen, vice president, sales and marketing, Altorfer CAT; and Jim Hager, Hager Excavating, stand in front of the Cat 320 Next Generation excavator.
(L-R): Dave MacNeill, Altorfer CAT; Chris Zupan, Altorfer CAT; Steve Sieracki, Central Teaming; and Matt Bush, Altorfer CAT.