As previously announced, Caterpillar Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to sell the Cat® purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, Inc. Gregory Poole will work closely with Weiler and Caterpillar to ensure a smooth transition for customers.
“We are excited about this partnership and how it will position us to better serve our forestry customers. We have been very pleased with Weiler’s products, quality and support since becoming a Weiler dealer in 2012. They have strong customer focus and react quickly to customer and dealer feedback.,” commented Eddie Williford, Group Vice President of Gregory Poole Equipment Company.
Weiler will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products out of the existing manufacturing plant in LaGrange, Georgia. Caterpillar will continue to provide forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing and other forestry applications, in addition to supplying core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry. Gregory Poole will continue to support the sales and service for the complete forestry portfolio.
Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long-standing history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment and they currently produce an extensive portfolio of products distributed through the Cat dealer network.
“We have a strong commitment to customer success and a proven track record of working with Cat dealers all over the world,” commented Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc. “We are an engineering-led company that focuses on reacting quickly to customer needs. Our company structure allows us to make decisions quickly and execute efficiently. We are confident that our existing product line experience, our flexible design and manufacturing strategy, and our dedication to customers provide a strong foundation to successfully serve the purpose-built forestry segment.”
Gregory Poole customers remain our top priority. In this transition period, we will continue to take orders for purpose-built forestry products and support those machines for their life in the field. We are committed to working with Caterpillar and Weiler to ensure the customer service you expect from us.
“Our goal is to ensure our customers that these changes will not affect our unwavering commitment to providing them with the best service and equipment possible, as we have throughout our 67-year history,” commented Williford.
The sale of the purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, expected to be finalized by early 2019.