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Plote Teams With Patten CAT for ’Green’ Upgrade

Sat June 05, 2010 - Midwest Edition
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Darick Franzen of Plote Construction Inc. welcomes everyone to the Plote office in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Darick Franzen of Plote Construction Inc. welcomes everyone to the Plote office in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Darick Franzen of Plote Construction Inc. welcomes everyone to the Plote office in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (L-R): The Plote family, Ray, Jan, Heather, Dan and Mary, stand in front of one of the three repowered Cat 980G wheel loaders. U.S. Representative Melissa Bean, 9th Congressional District of Illinois, talks about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. U.S. Representative Bill Foster, 14th Congressional District of Illinois, speaks about the stimulus funding. Doug Whitely, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, addresses the need for jobs in Illinois. Dan Plote, president of Plote Construction Inc., receives a plaque of the story that ran in Construction Equipment Guide’s May 1 issue from Garrett Patten, dealer principal and general manager of Patten CAT. (L-R): U.S. Representative Melissa Bean, 9th Congressional District of Illinois; Dan Plote, president of Plote construction Inc.; Ray Plote, founder of Plote Construction Inc.; Garrett Patten dealer principal Patten CAT; and U.S. Representative Bill Foste Plote Construction Inc. President Dan Plote welcomes Jennifer Krug, vice president of K-Five Construction Corp., and Green Council chairperson to the upgraded equipment unveiling. (L-R): Larry O'Neill, executive sales manager Patten CAT; U.S. Representative Melissa Bean; and Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley pose in front of one of the upgraded Cat 980G wheel loaders. (L-R): Guy Ackerman, partner at Plante & Moran, Jan Plote of Plote Construction, Dan Shepard of Plote Homes, and Sarah Shepard, partner at Plante & Moran, were on hand for the event.

Plote Construction took a big step toward creating a “greener” environment for the future as it partnered with Patten CAT on a project to upgrade three of its older pieces of heavy machinery.

The project, which received aid from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, resulted in a 50-percent reduction in NOX emissions and a 54-percent reduction in particle matter from each machine. The partnership also kept 10 technicians from Patten CAT employed during the four-month upgrading process.

The joint project was celebrated with a June 2 unveiling and return of the three Cat 980G wheel loaders to Plote Construction’s main building in Hoffman Estates, Ill.