Case celebrated production of its 250,000th skid steer loader on June 17. Case has been among the world’s leading skid steer manufacturers since launching its skid steer line in 1969.
In a ceremony at its global skid steer manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kan., Case presented the 250,000th skid steer to its new owner, Dino Folino of A. Folino Construction, a paving contractor from Oakmont, Penn. The new Case 430 skid steer is Folino’s fourth in a fleet of equipment that includes nine Case machines.
Case began producing skid steers in 1969 with the 1530 Uni-Loader model, and has been innovating ever since with Case-exclusive features like Ride Control and side lighting. Last year, Case marked its 40th anniversary of manufacturing skid steers with Case Rockin’ Block Parties (especially themed dealer open houses) at Case dealerships across North America.
“In 2000, we manufactured our 100,000th skid steer. Then, just 10 years later, we more than doubled our sales,” said Curtis Goettel, skid steer marketing manager. “Today’s achievement testifies that customers around the world prefer Case skid steers. You’ll find Case skid steers digging, hauling, pushing and loading material on jobsites in more than 150 countries around the globe.”
A. Folino Construction is a major paving contractor in the Pittsburgh area. The company was founded by Dino’s father, Anthony, in 1972 and operates a large equipment fleet, including Case wheel loaders, excavators, loader/backhoes and skid steers for a total of nine products, including the new skid steer.
“We’re honored to take delivery of this machine, and we appreciate the attention that comes with owning the 250,000th Case skid steer,” said Dino Folino. “We’ll put it to work right away, like all of our other Case equipment. We have Case skid steers on all of our crews – they’re versatile, dependable and the operators love them. We’ve been very pleased with all of our Case equipment, and with our Case dealer, Groff Tractor.”
Case Construction Equipment Marks 40 Years Making Skid Steers
Case Construction Equipment is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing skid steer loaders. The company began producing skid steers under the Case name in 1969 after acquiring the Uni-Loader line from Universal Industries.
According to Case, in addition to the 40th anniversary milestone, Case is on track to hit another significant milestone in 2009. “Before the end of the year, Case will produce its 250,000th skid steer,” said Jim Hughes, Case brand marketing manager.
For 40 years, construction contractors, landscapers, farmers and others have recognized the value of multi-attachment machines. “In terms of size, performance, productivity, serviceability, operator comfort and control, hydraulics and lift capacity, Case has always pushed the envelope with its skid steer line,” Hughes said. “From the original Case 1530 Uniloader skid steer, to the 1800 Series, the XT Series and the new 400 Series 3, you can track the evolution of features that have put Case skid steers in a class of their own.”
Hughes noted that customers operating current-model Case skid steers will still find the trademark maneuverability that allows the machines to counter rotate. “But today’s Case skid steers include operator comforts – suspension seats, heated and air conditioned cabs, radios with an MP3 port – and productivity features like pilot controls, hydraulic couplers and high flow hydraulics that operators in 1969 couldn’t even begin to imagine,” Hughes said.
Case 400 Series 3 skid steers feature radial- and vertical-lift configurations for greater versatility, redesigned cabs offering more room and better visibility, and superior serviceability for increased uptime. To further boost production on job sites, more than 75 compatible attachments are available for Case skid steers.
Among other features, Case 400 Series 3 skid steers are available with temperature-controlled cabs, hydraulic quick couplers that can be used for the quick exchange of attachments, and Ride Control for maximum load retention and more comfortable operation.
Source: Case Construction Equipment