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Melroe Family & Keller Brothers (1929~1958)

  • 1929, First Pickup on Combine

    Edward Gideon (E.G.) Melroe invents the windrow pickup on his Gwinner, North Dakota, farm.

  • 1947, Established Melroe Manufacturing Company

    E.G. and sons — back home after WWII service — open Gwinner factory to manufacture new design windrow pickup. When service station and schoolhouse sites proved too small, they build factory building in 1948.

  • 1959, M-200 three wheeled loader is released

    Next generation M200 Melroe self-propelled loader introduced.

  • 1960, M400, first 4-wheel-drive skid-steer loader launches

    Melroe contracts with Farmhand to reach broader agricultural market.
    Melroe Manufacturing Company sales hit $1 million, 100 employees on payroll.

Bobcat Era (1962~1968)

  • 1962, The M-440 is released under the “Bobcat” trademark

    After nearly exiting the loader business, Melroe redesigns and rebrands its skid-steer loader, introduced as model M440 “Melroe Bobcat” skid-steer loader with familiar white and red color scheme.

  • 1967, Melroe acquires Reiten Manufacturing

    Melroe brothers expand their agricultural product line and purchase Reiten Manufacturing of Cooperstown, North Dakota, a maker of moldboard plows. Melroe product family now includes windrow pickup, harroweeder, chisel plow and Bobcat loader. By this time, Bobcat sales account for 65% of the company’s business.

  • 1968, Gwinner manufacturing complex expansion

    Gwinner manufacturing complex expands to eight buildings.
    The M-600 is released and remains in production until 1981.

Clark Equipment Company (1969~1994)

  • 1969, Melroe is acquired by Clark Equickment Company

    Sales top $25 million. Growing any larger requires Melroe brothers to either take their company public or find a buyer. In the end, they agree to sell to Clark Equipment Company of Buchanan, Michigan, a manufacturer of Clark forklifts, Michigan wheel loaders, road graders, axles and transmissions. Clark had tried and failed to build its own skid-steer loader, so buying Melroe is a logical alternate choice.

  • 1972, Melroe acquires Kirschmann Manufacturing Company and Gysler Manufacturing

    With new money from Clark, the Melroe Division of Clark buys Kirschmann Manufacturing Company of Bismarck, North Dakota, and its Spra-Coupe self-propelled crop sprayer business.

Rapid Expansion (1995~2006)

  • 1995, Clark Equipment Company is acquired by Ingersoll-Rand

    Clark Equipment Company is acquired by Ingersoll-Rand. Renames to “Bobcat” division in 2000

  • 1998, Bobcat acquires Palm Attachments

    Bobcat acquires Palm Attachment Sales of Grove City, Minnesota, which had been making skid-steer loader attachments since the mid-1980s. Bobcat later moves that manufacturing operation to nearby Litchfield, in west central Minnesota.

  • 2000, “Melroe Company” name changes to “Bobcat Company,”

    “Melroe Company” name changes to “Bobcat Company,” reflecting its primary brand identity. Product focus widens to meet more of customers’ product needs. In 2001, the lineup is still just loaders, excavators and attachments, but two years later the line includes Bobcat telehandlers, loader backhoes, mini-track loaders, utility vehicles and even light construction products.

    Bobcat acquires hydrostatic telehandler pioneer Sambron, whose factory was in Pont Château, France.

Doosan Ownership (2007~Present)

  • 2007, Acquired Ingersoll Rand’s Compact Equipment unit, along with other units

    Doosan Infracore acquired Bobcat, etc., in November 2007. Bobcat has the world’s highest level of competitiveness in the area of small construction equipment.

  • 2008, 50th anniversary of the compact loader

    Bobcat celebrates 50 years since the production of its first loader. Bobcat builds its 750,000th loader.

  • 2014, Established Doosan Infracore Bobcat Holdings Co., Ltd. (DIBH)

    Doosan Infracore established Doosan Infracore Bobcat Holdings Co., Ltd. (DIBH), an intermediate holding company, to pursue more efficient business operations in North America and Europe.

  • 2014, Completed the construction of Bobcat Acceleration Center in North Dakota, USA

    Doosan Bobcat completed the construction of the Acceleration Center, an integrated two-storey research facility with a total floor area of 18,000㎡, at its Bismarck Plant, North Dakota, USA. The center is designed to accelerate the company’s technological breakthroughs and innovations in the area of compact construction equipment.

  • 2014, Completed the construction of Innovation Center in Dobris, Czech Republic

    Doosan Bobcat completed the construction of the Innovation Center, which is dedicated to technological development and support for testing carried out throughout Europe, in Dobris, Czech Republic.

  • 2015, Renamed from Doosan Infracore Bobcat Holdings (DIBH) to Doosan Bobcat Inc.

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