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Bobcat Celebrates Company Milestone With One Millionth Loader

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A major leader in the compact equipment industry has reason to celebrate. Bobcat is rolling out it's one millionth loader since it started up in Gwinner back in 1947. The milestone comes just a few years after the business took a major hit.

Preparations are underway in Gwinner to celebrate Bobcat coming back from the brink, and that means a little Do Si Do.

"Every celebration they have it's always the square dance with Bobcats," employee, Marcus Anderson said.

An impressive site as the crew practices their jig for the big celebration... Rolling out the one millionth loader after nearly 60 years.

"It's exciting to have been here to build a million machines," Anderson said.

But Marcus Anderson isn't just celebrating the seven-figure number, he's celebrating being with Bobcat for over 40 years, making him the "Top Cat."

"I've enjoyed my time here. I've seen a lot of people come and a lot of people go," Anderson said.

In good times and in the worst. Anderson was here when Bobcat's business took a turn just six years ago.

"The industry really took a head down dive at that point. Housing starts went from two million to half a million," Communications Director, Laura Ness Owens said.

Which meant massive cuts for Bobcat: more than 350 people at two North Dakota plants lost their jobs. At that time, the layoffs were described as "indefinite." As orders picked back up, so did the jobs. During the recession, customers were still coming in, buying attachments for products they already had and as people starting building again, they looked to Bobcat for help. 

"It's a combination of our business strategy as well as the customers needing to diversify and keep their businesses going," Owens said.

Versatility: an attractive piece for builders that has grown Bobcat's business. And though for workers like Anderson - who may have a different future in mind.

"To me, you're just getting closer to retirement," Anderson said.

But as Bobcat's new campaign goes: they're unstoppable and looking forward to the next million to keep the Do-Si-Do tradition going.

Anderson will be given the "Top Cat" award at Bobcat for working with Bobcat the longest at an employee and community celebration on July 12th.  

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