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POWERING THE WORLD'S OLDEST FIREBOAT
From fighting devastating fires and fatal explosions to smashing through 2’ of ice during the frigid Buffalo winters, the Edward M. Cotter fireboat has protected and served the city of Buffalo, NY, for over 120 years. The 178-ton vessel has doused the flames of numerous warehouses, grain elevators, and other factories along Buffalo’s waterfront all backed by the power of Caterpillar engines and generators. Read More.
GROWING A ONE-PERSON OPERATION WITH JOBSITE TECHNOLOGY
Mitchell Makowski Inc., a one-person Naples, NY, general excavation operation, is embracing machine technology to enhance productivity and stay competitive. Mitchell depends on his CAT Next Gen equipment and Trimble machine control technology to help him complete every job precisely and efficiently.
Caterpillar’s compatibility with Trimble technology drew Mitchell to Milton CAT and SITECH Northeast. Mitchell explained, “Hiring people is a big challenge for many people in our industry including myself. Any equipment I can purchase that will allow me to work without having employees is an absolute must for me.” Read More.
TRUCK DRIVING LEGACY CELEBRATES THREE MILLION MILES
Jason Williams of Jason Williams Trucking, LLC, a Weare, NH, based company, recently celebrated passing the 3 million mile mark on his 1986 CAT 7FB 400 truck engine. As the first driver to reach 3 million miles in our territory, Milton CAT hosted a congratulatory lunch for Jason and his family at the New Hampshire Peterbilt located in Bow, NH.
The Williams family is a truck driving family through and through. Jason’s brother, Ed Williams explained, “Driving is all we’ve ever known.” Their legacy began with their father, Calvin Williams, and their uncle, Walt Williams Sr., and a 1929 Model TT Ford. Calvin shared all the lessons he learned in his 67 years of driving with his sons. With 30 years of experience under his belt already, Jason is following in his dad’s tire tracks. “From the very beginning he loved driving. If there was a truck around, he was in it,” Jason’s mother, Lois, recalled of her son. Jason has carried on his father’s legacy as owner-operator for the past 22 years. Read More
MILTON CAT CUSTOMERS HELP RESTORE LAKE PLACID TO ITS GLORY DAYS
In an effort to attract more visitors to the Adirondack region and accommodate the 2023 Winter World University Games, major renovation projects are happening at Lake Placid’s main attractions including the revitalization the speed skating oval, ski jumping complex, and Main Street.
The Northern New York town hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1980 and is the site of the legendary “Miracle on Ice” game. The projects aim to reenergize and modernize the area while keeping the legacy of those historic Olympic Games alive. “This is improvement of what is really the hub of all the activity here,” James McKenna, president of the Adirondack North Country Sports Council and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism explained. “I think it’s going to be something where when we are all gone that it’s going to be maintaining the legacy and vision going back to the early 1900s.” Read More
WAKING THE SLEEPING GIANT: MILTON CAT CUSTOMER RESTORES THE BIG NANSEN SKI JUMP
Gorham, NH, contractor and longtime Milton CAT Customer, Lee T. Corrigan LLC is reprofiling the landing base of the Big Nansen Ski Jump in Milan, NH, to bring the jump back up to the sport’s standards.
The historic 80m ski jump, nicknamed the “Sleeping Giant,” was built in 1937 and was the tallest ski jump in the United States for nearly 50 years. Big Nansen hosted the U.S. Winter Olympic Trials in 1938. The site closed in 1988 and sat abandoned until 2017 when it was re-decked for World Champion Sarah Hendrickson’s Red Bull stunt. Her jump ignited the effort to revitalize the site to attract young jumpers and reestablish the sport in the area. The project is being overseen by the Friends of Nansen Ski Jump, a committee of the Nansen Ski Club. Read More.
MILTON CAT 100: AN IMMERSIVE FAN EXPERIENCE
On Saturday, June 5th, Milton CAT sponsored the Milton CAT 100 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH. The 100-lap race was the Modified Racing Series 2021 season opener and qualifier for the upcoming inaugural Whitcomb 125 also presented by Milton CAT.
In the final restart, 19-year-old Jacob Perry overtook two drivers to score his first Modified Racing Series victory and secure a starting position in the Whitcomb 125. Milton CAT is proud to congratulate Perry on his success. In a celebratory Facebook post, Perry wrote, “Caterpillar machines have been a big part of my family for years as my great grandfather was a diehard CAT operator/owner and all he used at Perry Motors. Proud to put the #47 Jack Bateman modified in victory lane with the Milton Cat guys.” Read More
YOUTH IN CONSTRUCTION: KADEN CONNELL
17-year-old entrepreneur, Kaden Connell recently purchased a used 259D skid steer from Milton CAT for his business, Connell Enterprises. This is Connell Enterprises’ first Caterpillar machine.
Kaden is an ambitious high school senior from Haverhill, MA who has grown up in the construction industry. Kaden’s father, Robert Connell, has been in the industry all his life and taught Kaden everything he knows. From the very beginning, Kaden was on jobsites with his dad. He developed the same passion for work his dad has. Kaden explained, “It’s really all I know. I really do enjoy work.” Read More
MILTON RENTS PORTLAND OPENS
On January 25th, Milton Rents Portland, our first Maine location, opened its doors. Expanding into Maine enables Milton Rents to provide a whole new customer base with quality equipment and outstanding service.
The store is in a prime location that makes it convenient for our customers. The facility is easy to access and has a modern 10,000 sq. ft showroom with equipment displayed and eye-catching signage. The store is sanitized daily and face masks and social distancing are required to keep customers and employees safe. Read More
MILTON CAT AND UVM ATHLETICS PRESENT HERO OF THE GUT
For the last three years, Milton CAT has been a lead sponsor of the University of Vermont’s athletic program. This alliance has brought our company a lot of good exposure and provided us the chance to connect with customers and supporters of the Catamounts throughout the state.
This year, Milton CAT has partnered with University of Vermont Athletics to present the Hero of the Gut initiative. Throughout the 2020-2021 season, we will be honoring front line workers, active or retired military members, public safety officers and other heroes without capes. We recognize the sacrifices these heroes make to help others and we want to honor those individuals in our community. Read More
MILTON CAT'S ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN
Through our annual Toys for Tots campaign, Milton CAT helped create Christmas Magic for local less fortunate children.
Here at Milton CAT, we have been extremely fortunate and want to give back to our local community as often as possible. We have had the privilege to participate in the Toys for Tots campaign for over 20 years. Although this year was different due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our campaign was as successful as ever and many children received the gift of hope for Christmas thanks to the generosity of Chris Milton, our Marines and faithful employees.
TONAWANDA GROUND BREAKING
As a continuation of our previous story, we are happy to report Milton CAT successfully broke ground at the site of our future Tonawanda facility on October 14th. Tonawanda officials, including Mayor Rick Davis, and local and city news outlets joined Milton CAT for this exciting event.
The Tonawanda facility on Wheeler Street is the former home of Spaulding Fibre. The manufacturing company had been open 80 years before it closed in 1992. Five mayors and almost 30 years later, the town is elated to see the site productive again. Read More
NYPA WELCOMES BREAKER II INTO THEIR FLEET OF CAT POWERED VESSELS
Here at Milton CAT, we are versatile and support the operations of several diverse industries. Whether our customers are on land or in the sea, Milton CAT is here to provide quality equipment and outstanding service!
One of our coastal customers is Rhode Island boatbuilder, Blount Boats. Milton CAT and Blount Boats have had a working relationship for decades. Recently, Blount Boats constructed the multipurpose Breaker II for the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project. Read More
MILTON CAT ON THE JOB - UNDERGROUND
Watch how a brand new 77-ton CAT R2900 loader needs to be taken apart, sent down an elevator shaft in pieces, and then reassembled 1200 feet below ground, before it can begin its first day of work at a New York state salt mine.
CAT AT WORK - AARON CHASE
One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is making connections with customers throughout our territory. The relationships we form enable us to provide superior personalized service and are mutually beneficial. Milton CAT has been fortunate enough to establish a relationship with Professional Mountain Biker Aaron Chase. Read More
To strengthen Milton CAT’s presence throughout western New York, we are establishing a location in Tonawanda which is part of the Buffalo metro area. The Tonawanda facility is designed to attract and retain more customers in the region, particularly Erie and Niagara Counties. We have been diligently planning and developing procedures and practices to consistently ensure an excellent customer experience. Read More
TONAWANDA LOCATION UPDATE
Exciting things are happening at Milton Rents! While practicing proper COVID-19 precautions, our new Uxbridge and Shrewsbury locations are open for business and staying busy while the former ProQuip stores are fulfilling customer demands. Development of the new Portland, ME facility is under way, with interior demolition set to begin in August.
UPDATE ON MILTON RENTS
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Milton CAT Completes Certification to The International Standard, ISO9001: 2015 Quality System
Milford, MA, March 2, 2018 - Milton CAT, Power Systems Division is pleased to announce their certification to the International Standard, ISO9001:2015 quality system. Milton CAT is the only Caterpillar Dealer in North America with this certification.
This certification provides assurance to our customers that we are focused on continual improvement and customer satisfaction and provides confidence that Milton CAT is dedicated to:
- Standardized product
- Standardized processes
- Continual improvement
- Rigorous subcontractor auditing
First certified in 1999, Milton CAT, Power Systems Division is audited every year and must be recertified every three years to the current ISO standard. If the standard has changed, Milton CAT must evaluate its existing procedures and align them with the new standard requirements and business systems. Major changes to the quality system and overall processes were made to meet the new ISO9001: 2015 standard which include extensive process mapping and merging business system processes with the new quality standard. This is Milton CAT’s third recertification to a new standard.
Milton CAT Holds "Paving Essentials" Workshops At The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY On Feb. 8th & 9th
Nearly 350 individuals representing 43 companies/municipalities braved a snow storm to attend the "Paving Essentials" workshops where they heard from industry expert, Terry Humphrey, who provided information on the latest techniques and services needed to stay ahead of the competition. Attendees were given the opportunity to view a broad line of paving products offered by Milton CAT including equipment from Weiler and the latest Trimble paving technology from SITECH Northeast.
Milton CAT Hosts ARAM Monthly Meeting On March 15 At Their Milford, MA Location
On March 15, Milton CAT hosted ARAM (American Rental Association of Massachusetts) for their monthly meeting. Over 80 individuals (including employees from several Milton CAT Rental Alliance members) gathered for a reception in the lobby and dinner in the CCE (Compact Construction Equipment) Service Shop. After the dinner, attendees moved upstairs to the main conference room where they listened to a presentation from a representative of the MASS DOT.
Milton CAT Hosts Forestry Training Day
In conjunction with the Empire Forest Products Association, Milton CAT hosted the Association's annual "Day of Training".
The event was held at Milton CAT's Batavia location and over 65 individuals representing Timber Harvesters, Lumber Manufacturers, and Pulp and Paper Companies from throughout New York State were in attendance.
Left: Milton CAT Sales Manager Steve Earle gives the attendees an overview of the day ahead of them.
Right: Tim Carnsdale of the New York State Department of Transportation provides an understanding of the on-highway transportation regulations for the wood products industry.
Left: Jim Haighty of the New York State Department of Transportation gives a walkaround through the eyes of an inspector - what they are looking for and how to keep your vehicles safe and up to regulation.
Right: Peter Miller of the New York State Department of Conservation addresses oil and fuel spills in the woods and in the shop - how to prevent them and how to control them when they happen.
Left: Jard Utz, Milton CAT Product Support Sales Manager, talks about how to avoid contamination in your machine's systems and the many problems that can result.
Right: Consulting Forrester Sue Keister presents on Geographic Information Systems and how they can improve your bottom line.
Left: Milton CAT Forestry Industry Manager Peter Collins and Technical Communicator Todd Fillinger cover "Today's Skidder" - why, what size, and how to maintain.
Right: Tours of the Milton CAT facility were a big hit with the visitors.