Yancey Bros. Co. Celebrates 90 Years in Business With Two-Day Anniversary Shindig in Austell, GA

Wed April 28, 2004 - Southeast Edition

The nation’s oldest Caterpillar dealer, Yancey Bros. Co., celebrated its 90th anniversary April 16 to 17 at the company’s headquarters in Austell, GA.

“As we celebrate 90 years of success, we also celebrate our customers, our employees and our supplier, Caterpillar,” said Jim Stephenson, Yancey Bros. Co. president.

Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Jim Owens and a number of other key Caterpillar executives joined Yancey’s staff on April 16. Dignitaries from Cobb County, GA, and the city of Atlanta also turned out to recognize Yancey Bros. Co.’s many years of success.

“We’re very proud of what Yancey has been able to accomplish,” said Owens. “Their corporate campus is one of the best in the country, including Yancey Power Systems, which is a world-class facility.

“I’ve known Jim [Stephenson] for 10 years. The company is very business-unit driven and has been a great business partner for Cat,” he said. “I’m very pleased with the overall focus of Yancey. They’ve done a good job of reinvesting in the company.”

The two-day celebration included tours of the various facilities and division offices that make up the Yancey “Corporate Campus.” The staff put on product demonstrations, displayed machines and held an equipment rodeo. And, of course, great food was in abundance.

The No. 22 Caterpillar racecar also was on display as well as the Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology (ACERT) tractor-trailer, a rolling exhibit of the newest Caterpillar technology for engine emissions reduction.

Owens noted that there are 200 Cat dealers worldwide with an average of 50 years as the same company or remaining in the same family.