Thompson Machinery Opens CAT Rental Store in Tenn.

📅   Wed April 26, 2017 - Southeast Edition #9


Greg Martin (L) and Cody Magness came over from Pickwick Landing State Park of the Tennessee State Parks Department to look over some of the machines available for rent at the CAT Rental Store.
Greg Martin (L) and Cody Magness came over from Pickwick Landing State Park of the Tennessee State Parks Department to look over some of the machines available for rent at the CAT Rental Store.
Greg Martin (L) and Cody Magness came over from Pickwick Landing State Park of the Tennessee State Parks Department to look over some of the machines available for rent at the CAT Rental Store. Del Reid (L), Thompson CAT Rental Store salesman,  provides a product demo of a towable JLG T500J boom lift for Hector Lagares of Personnel Placements, Jackson, Tenn. (L-R): Steve Lainhart, general manager of Thompson Power, Memphis, Tenn., talks to the Cat representatives who came out to the event from Nashville, including Matt Peterson, Cat GCI service rep; Jonathan Russell, Cat rental & used operations; and Adam Ackerman, Cat BCP sales and  service representative. (L-R):David Thompson, JLG district manager, McConnellsburg, Pa.; George Kidwell, Skyjack business manager, Ontario, Canada; and Brian Phillips, MultiQuip district manager, Carson, Calif., came out to support the event. (L-R): John McCarty, Thompson Machinery, Jackson, Tenn.; Mark Welch and Joe Baumgardner, both of Jackson Energy Authority, Jackson, Tenn.; and Bill Dement, Dement Construction, Jackson, Tenn., attend the event. (L-R): Jimmy Harris, mayor of Madison County, Tenn.; Bill Dement, president of Dement Construction, Jackson, Tenn.; and Del Reid, CAT Rental Store territory sales, discuss the construction projects under way in the Jackson area Brian Cornelison (L) of Jackson Energy Authority held the winning ticket for a Cat RP3600 generator, and received the prize from Del Reid, CAT Rental Store territory sales.

Thompson Machinery held a grand opening event to promote the addition of a CAT Rental Store to its Jackson, Tenn., location on April 13. More than 200 guests turned out to celebrate the new addition, which includes upgrades to the showroom, entryway and parts area. Attendees enjoyed a barbeque lunch and live music, and picked up some great giveaway items. They also had the opportunity to win some terrific door prizes, including Cat generators, a Yeti cooler and a Cat tool box.

Plenty of Cat machines and specialty rental machines were on hand for attendees to check out and representatives from Caterpillar, as well as representatives of JLG, Skyjack and Multiquip, were on hand to answer questions about the products on display.

Mike Rattan, CAT Rental Store general manager, said, “This was a great event. We had a lot of local customers come by. This store has been here for 20 years, so we wanted to hold this event to promote the new addition of the CAT Rental Store at this facility. We wanted to get the word out that we are more than a supplier of earth moving company. We now provide aerial equipment and general line and specialty machines to help with new construction, industrial work or even homeowner rental needs. We now offer a full line from start to finish for their projects.

“Our motto is — you expect it, we deliver it, and that also will be the philosophy of the new rental store. I want to thank our customers for coming out to see us and thank our staff for their support.” —CEG