December 2005 News

Tailgating Goes Hi-Tech

Honda Shares Party Preparations with Portable Generators that Score Big

Having sufficient power to back up your operations is essential for every contractor out on the field. But after a hard day’s work on the jobsite, a generator can also be used for powering a plethora of recreational activities — like tailgating. Whether you’re off to watch your favorite college team or a professional matchup on the field, tailgating can be more hi-tech than ever before, equipped with a portable generator and the right food and supplies.

After a long week at work, it’s time to tailgate, so keep the following checklist handy so your own party is well equipped and entertaining for fans all around.

The Party Favors:

1. Paper products: paper plates, forks, spoons, napkins, paper towels, trash bags, table cloths, (all in team colors when possible), toilet paper (for when the supplies in on-site bathrooms run out) 2. Wet wipes (particularly handy when eating barbeque)
3. Food storage bags for storing after-game leftovers
4. Plenty of ice
5. Serving utensils and bowls, including a sharp utility knife and bottle opener
6. Chairs (only rookie tailgaters forget these)
7. Tent or tarp
8. Tables for serving and/or eating
9. Stereo and TV
10. Satellite dish
11. Blender for adult beverages (other than beer)
12. Personal beverage glasses (having a distinguishable cup makes it easy to discern from your neighbor’s)
13. Grill, charcoal, lighter fluid and matches (must-haves for a cookout)
14. Food that is packed well to travel (all perishables should be contained in ice)
15. Gallon of water to extinguish hot charcoal when you finish cooking (it’s easy to forget and leave embers burning when you’re rushing to see the kickoff)
16. Rain gear

Where’s the Power?

The right generator is the real power behind the party. To keep from disturbing other tailgaters, particularly in tight parking situations, make sure your generator is a quiet one. Having enough fuel to operate the generator is key, and it’s always a good idea to bring extra gas for the generator (stored in a safety-approved container) just in case the party runs longer than expected. A power strip for plugging multiple appliances into the generator is another important item to have at the ready.

Kubota Achieves One Millionth Tractor Unit Sold

Kubota Tractor Corp. (KTC) has reached a retail milestone, announcing the sale of its one millionth Kubota unit sold in the United States. Gary Pittman, owner of a 1,200-acre farm near Dallas in Millsap, Texas, recently purchased a Kubota M125X, marking the one millionth Kubota unit sold.

Kubota’s model M125X was Kubota’s premier entry into the 100 plus PTO hp market and was sold to Pittman by Kubota dealer Ellis Topline Equipment in Weatherford, Texas.

“We’ve been selling Kubota products for 25 years, and we are excited to be the dealer who sold Kubota’s millionth unit,” says Steve Watson, president of Ellis Topline Equipment. “Gary Pittman has purchased multiple Kubota products from our store, and we’re pleased to see this unit sold to a previous Kubota owner.”

“I was delighted to hear that I had been the purchaser of Kubota’s one millionth unit,” says Pittman, owner of several Kubota products including a ZD21 mower, M9000 tractor, RTV900 utility vehicle and his new purchase — the M125X.

KTC presented Pittman with a gift in recognition of this important milestone — a “Thanks a Million” travel award to one of 10 resorts or cruises, including round-trip airfare and a Kubota merchandise gift certificate.

“We’re very proud of our one millionth sale,” says Greg Embury, Kubota vice president of sales and marketing. “The sale of one million Kubotas since KTC’s beginnings in the United States in 1972 is the result of the strength of our outstanding dealer network combined with Kubota’s commitment to offer quality, high-performing, durable products that serve our customers well.”

KTC is the United States marketer and distributor of Kubota branded equipment including a complete line of tractors up to 103 PTO hp, performance matched
implements, compact construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles.

Caterpillar Announces Global Alliance with JLG to Supply Telehandlers

Caterpillar Inc. recently announced that it has signed definitive agreements to enter into a global alliance with JLG Industries Inc. to produce a full lineup of Caterpillar branded telehandlers. The alliance is a strong strategic fit for both companies and will give Caterpillar dealers and customers greater access to a quality range of Cat branded telehandler products.

The deal is expected to close prior to the end of the year, subject to consultation with employees and their representatives.

“This alliance leverages our respective strengths, combining Caterpillar’s global brand, distribution expertise and component capabilities with JLG’s strong design capabilities in the telehandler and lift industry, to deliver world-class telehandler products to our customers,” says Ed Rapp, vice president of Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products division.

“JLG is very pleased to be able to form an alliance with Caterpillar and its global dealer network to build on JLG’s core strengths in the access market to provide a broad lineup of quality telehandlers to customers throughout the world,” says Bill Lasky, chairman of the board, president and CEO of JLG.

Caterpillar’s telehandler products are currently produced at BCP’s plant in Leicester, England, along with four other machine product groups. Under the alliance agreement, JLG will develop and manufacture for Caterpillar a line up of Cat branded telehandlers for global distribution. Caterpillar will retain responsibility for the B-Series telehandlers and earlier models, manufactured and sold by Caterpillar prior to the transition of production to JLG, including warranty and service.

“The actions we’re taking with our telehandler product group are important to revitalizing our Leicester operations,” Rapp says. “These changes will strengthen our operations and keep us in a position to be competitive and profitable. Ultimately that’s good for the employees and communities in which we live and work.”

As telehandler production is shifted from Caterpillar’s Leicester operations to the JLG facilities, BCP’s European operations will undergo a strategic restructuring to better position the manufacturing of its four other product groups consisting of backhoe loaders, small wheel loaders, compact wheel loaders and compact hydraulic excavators. Caterpillar will continue production of these existing machines at Leicester.

Massey Ferguson’s Tractor Giveaway

Massey Ferguson N.A. in cooperation with Hunley Sales and Service Inc. in Austin, Ind., presented Ray Carter of R-N-M Lawn and Landscape, Louisville, Ky., with a GC2310 tractor loader backhoe (TLB) Oct. 27. Carter was one of more than 385 entrants in a giveaway sponsored by Massey Ferguson. Entrants were asked to answer questions from the company’s Web site,, present their answers to company employees at the International Lawn, Garden and Power Equipment EXPO in Louisville, Oct. 14-16. Carter’s name was drawn on the final day of the show.

The GC2310 TLB is a 22.5-hp tractor with a three-cylinder diesel engine, two-range hydrostatic transmission, rear- and mid-PTO and a backhoe with 12-in. bucket. A very enthusiastic winner, Carter says: “I was so surprised to receive the phone call, I had to put the phone down so I could jump up and down
and scream.”

Since receiving the tractor, Carter has put it to work pulling tree stumps for his church, mowing lawns and raking gravel. He also plans on plowing snow in the winter. Carter and his wife Marguerite have been operating their lawn and landscape business for three years.

“This tractor is just the right size for my business,” says Carter. “All the attachments are so easy to take off and put on. This tractor, of all the ones I’ve ever used, is the easiest to operate.”

Polaris to Open New Training Facility at DeKalb Technical College

Polaris Industries this week announced plans to establish a dealer-training center at DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston, Ga., near Atlanta. The facility, which will continue to house the college’s Motorcycle Service Technology certification program, also will accommodate Polaris dealer training courses year-round.

Through Polaris’ Master Service Dealer Training Program, dealers from across North America spend four to five days in training courses for servicing Polaris ATVs, RANGERs and Victory Motorcycles. DeKalb Technical College’s ease of access, location and passion for industry partnerships were major considerations for the company to locate there.

“We’re very excited to open our newest dealer training center at DeKalb Tech,” said Chris Wolf, service dealer development manager at Polaris. “The college has been great to work with, and its facilities are perfect for our program. With hundreds of Polaris dealers in the southeastern part of the country, our decision to locate in the Atlanta area was an easy one.”

Polaris currently conducts dealer-training courses at Central Tech in Drumright, Okla., at the State University of New York in Canton, N.Y., and at Polaris headquarters in Medina, Minn. The first training course was held on Oct. 17. By hosting the program on its campus, DeKalb Technical College will have access to Polaris products for use in its own certification program.

“It’s been great to welcome Polaris to our college and we’re eager to begin working with the company as its program takes shape,” said Mike Sachs, motorcycle service technology instructor at Dekalb Technical College.

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