Yancey Bros. Co. Partnering with Weiler Inc. on Purpose-Built Forestry Products
August 28, 2018 - Austell, Georgia - As previously announced, Caterpillar Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell the Cat® purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, Inc. Yancey Bros. Co. is an existing dealer for Weiler and has a long and successful relationship representing its products in Georgia. Yancey Bros. Co. will work closely with Weiler and Caterpillar to ensure a smooth transition.
"The transition of Caterpillar's purpose-built forestry business to Weiler is a great fit for our dealership and for our forestry customers," observed Trey Googe, Yancey Bros. Co. President. "We are particularly excited that production of the purpose-built forestry products will continue in our home state. We look forward to representing the entire Weiler product line in Georgia."
Weiler will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products out of the existing manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Georgia. It is anticipated that approximately 270 Caterpillar employees currently supporting the purpose-built forestry business will become Weiler employees. Caterpillar will continue to manufacture forestry excavators designed for log loading, processing, and other forestry applications, in addition to supplying core Caterpillar equipment to the forestry industry. Yancey will continue to support sales and service for the complete Caterpillar forestry portfolio, in addition to the full Weiler product line.
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."
“Yancey 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 Yancey.”
Chris Burns, Yancey Bros. Co. Vice President of Machine Sales, noted that "Weiler has a great track record in building highly reliable, durable equipment for specialty applications. Forestry will be a natural fit. Pat and his team bring a customer first approach to the design, manufacture and support of all of their equipment. They will be great partners for us, as we support our forestry customers."