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HOLT turns 85

image L-R: Phil Kelliher, Corinna Holt Richter and Peter J. Holt

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said it best when describing the legacy of HOLT CAT by saying it “started back when horsepower was measured by actual horses.” Truer words could not have been spoken about the five-generation legacy Benjamin Holt started with the design and manufacture of the first continuous tracks for use in tractors, paving the way for heavy agricultural and construction machinery for years to come.

 

    Holt’s invention forever changed the world as the use of horse drawn power applications became a thing of the past.
    On Oct. 26, HOLT CAT CEO Peter J. Holt and President and Chief Administrative Officer Corinna Holt Richter welcomed several distinguished guests, friends and media at the beginning of the 85th anniversary celebration. The event took place at the new state-of-the-art HOLT CAT headquarters with opening remarks by Richter.
    “We’re celebrating a number of milestones today. The biggest one is our organization’s 85 years in business. This weekend we will celebrate with a few thousand of our employees and their families to mark our history and impact in industrial innovation. We’re also celebrating our legacy as the largest Caterpillar dealer in the United States. “We are honored to represent an iconic brand like Caterpillar. It’s really our people who make HOLT who it is and why our customers choose us. We will have an antique tractor show on our campus showcasing many of the products that our ancestor Benjamin Holt developed that forever changed industry worldwide and of course, we are celebrating are newly expanded corporate headquarters building which houses 250 of our 800 San Antonio employees.
    “It’s 80,000sf and has state-of-the-art conference and training rooms, collaborative workspaces, employee gym, outdoor walking trail and cafeteria. We are very proud of it.
    “My brother, Peter and I, feel a great responsibility to ensure that our 2,700 employees have the resources they need to support our thousands of customers across the state. As the next chapter of history for Holt unfolds, we are proud of where we have been and excited to share the future with you,” says Richter.
    The celebration continued as Holt greeted Mayor Ron Nirenberg; District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran; South Central Texas Regional Director for Senator Ted Cruz, Javier Salinas; Southside Chamber President Al Arreola, Jr. and Caterpillar Vice President Americas & European Distribution Services Phil Kelliher as they all presented the Holt family with commemorative gifts in honor of HOLT CAT’s 85th anniversary.
    The party didn’t stop there. On day two of the 85th anniversary celebration, more than 2,000 HOLT CAT employees and their families from across the state of Texas gathered at the HOLT CAT headquarters for a true day of celebration. The employees and their families were treated to some of the best foods, activities and entertainment. In addition, they were able to enjoy the antique tractor show being held on the HOLT grounds which included a parade and live machine demonstrations.
    The all day event provided plenty of activities for all including games for kids of all ages. There was rock climbing walls, moon bounces, a giant hamster ball race track, bungee joust, face painting, petting zoo, pony and horse rides and much more. No child could complain they had nothing to do. Even the adults had plenty to keep them occupied.
    The progression of where HOLT is now and for their future, both in their new facility and the technology that is in all of their new equipment is “just a wonderful balance between the foundational legacy of where we are coming from and the innovative future that we going towards,” HOLT CAT CEO Peter J. Holt stated during the company’s 85th anniversary celebration.
    HOLT CAT, the largest dealer of Caterpillar equipment headquartered in San Antonio, TX. –cmw


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