Ohio Cat conducts its operations through four divisions: the Equipment Division, Power Systems Division, Growth Opportunities Division, and Ohio Ag Equipment. The company offers rental equipment through The Cat Rental Store, with many locations across the region. The Complete Hydraulic Service location re-manufactures and repairs all makes of hydraulic and machining components in Bolivar, Ohio. In addition, online support is provided for equipment and parts sales online through Shop.Cat.com and Parts.Cat.Com. Aggregates Industries benefit from Ohio Cat Con/Agg equipment and service, offering equipment, parts, expertise, and financing options for crushing, screening, and conveying systems.
The History of Ohio Cat
The company’s origin dates back to 1945. Initially headquartered in Columbus, 39 Ohio Machinery Co. employees provided Caterpillar products throughout 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties. In 1946, the company was incorporated, and the headquarters were relocated to Cleveland. Following post-war growth and infrastructure development, the business grew rapidly, adding numerous employees and locations throughout Ohio. In 1961, the founding owners retired and Caterpillar reorganized the company’s territory by reducing the number of counties from 66 to 25 in Eastern Ohio. At that time, Thomas H. Taylor, Sr. and his son, Thomas H. Taylor formed Ohio Machinery Co. (now Ohio Cat), and for the next 42 years the company operated only in Eastern Ohio.
In 1988, Ken Taylor joined Ohio Machinery Co. as the third generation of the Taylor family to own and run the business. Ken learned the business while working in parts and service, sales finance, machine sales, and product support management. In 1994, Ken assumed leadership as the company President.
On April 25, 2003, Ohio Machinery Co. acquired Holt Company of Ohio’s Caterpillar region in western Ohio, and became Ohio Cat, serving 80 of the 88 counties in Ohio. In the years that followed, with the acquisition of western Ohio, the company has positioned itself financially and organizationally to become the leader and preferred supplier in all of the markets it serves. Through exceptional sales relationships, customer service and product support efforts, together with ongoing teamwork and interdepartmental cooperation, Ohio Cat has become a top Caterpillar dealer, employing over 1,500 people in more than 22 locations.
The Equipment Division
The Equipment Division operates out of Ohio and northern Kentucky, serving a diversity of markets that include natural gas, coal mining, quarry and aggregates, waste, heavy/highway construction, building/general construction, manufacturing/industrial, scrap, landscaping, and forestry. The Equipment Division sells a broad array of Cat products-everything from Skid Steer Loaders and Backhoe Loaders used in general construction, to Hydraulic Excavators and Motor Graders used on highway projects, to Track Type Tractors and Wheel Loaders used in coal mining. The Equipment Division provides its customers the highest overall parts availability in the industry, and the service personnel and capabilities are second to none. The Con/Agg segment of Equipment sells, rents, and supports high quality aggregate processing equipment which is used in crushing, screening, and conveying aggregate materials. Product lines represented include products from Screen Machine Industries, Inc., IROCK Crushers LLC, and Lippmann Crushing Equipment.
The Power Systems Division
Ohio Cat’s Power Systems Division (PSD) ranks highly among PSD’s nation-wide, in sales, rentals, and profitability. The Power Systems Division focuses on Commercial Engine Sales, Truck Sales, Temperature and Control and Power Generator Rentals, Truck Engine Service and Product Support. PSD handles commercial engine sales, service and product support throughout the territory, and provides commercial engine and related product rentals primarily in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, with world-wide coverage. In the area of Temperature Control Sales and Rentals, Ohio Cat is designated by Caterpillar as a “Rental Resource Dealer”, which assigns Ohio CAT the role of supporting other Cat Dealers who are growing the Temperature Control segments of their businesses. Also within the Power Systems Division, is Thomas Bus, Northern Ohio Peterbilt, and the International Fuel Systems (IFS) business segment in Findlay, Ohio. Ohio Cat acquired IFS from Caterpillar at the beginning of 2008, and IFS focuses its sales and operations on the repair and remanufacturing of all makes of diesel fuel systems, diesel injectors, and related components.
Ohio Ag Equipment
Ohio Ag Equipment serves the agriculture industry in Ohio out of six ag-dedicated facilities in Millersburg, Napoleon, New London, Salem, Upper Sandusky and Washington Court House. Ohio Ag Equipment proudly sells and services a wide variety of farming equipment including Challenger, Massey Ferguson, Fendt, Gleaner, RoGator, TerraGator, Willmar, White Planters, Sunflower, Woods, Lexion, MacDon and Geringhoff. Back by the support of Ohio CAT, Ohio Ag Equipment provides exceptional customer service and support with highly trained ag technicians, 24/7 emergency support and a best-in-class parts distribution system.
In 2019 Ohio Cat acquired property in Lima, Ohio, further expanding accessibility and convenience to customers in the area.