Tigercat 20th Event
Published on: Friday 6th July 2012
BRANTFORD ON, JULY 6, 2012 – Tigercat celebrated its 20th year in business over the days of June 21-22. Formal events included factory tours, a dinner and party for 1,300 guests as well as the premiere screening of ’20’, a new film by Tigercat that tracks in super high definition the beginnings of the company, some of the challenges faced, and what the Tigercat brand means today to customers throughout the world.
Speakers included Bobby Goodson of Swamp Loggers fame and prominent southern US loggers, Joseph Parnell and Charles Johns. Tigercat also took the opportunity to acknowledge the retirement of Joe Kemp, branch manager for B&G Equipment, Magnolia. Joe has been a dedicated manager and tireless proponent of Tigercat machinery for nearly twenty years and B&G, which took on the Tigercat line in 1993, is the longest running Tigercat dealer.
Tigercat began in 1992 when a small group of professionals with extensive experience in all facets of the logging equipment industry teamed up with the Cambridge, Ontario based fabrication company, MacDonald Steel.
Extensive field research determined that the performance of drive-to-tree feller bunchers — popular in the southeastern United States — were falling short of the expectations of loggers. Focusing on the input and reactions of southeastern US loggers, Tigercat set out to design a technically superior alternative. The result was the 726 feller buncher. The 726 was quickly recognized as a more durable, reliable machine capable of achieving greater production. The 726 also proved to deliver a longer useful life with significantly higher uptime than competing machines.
The immediate success of the 726, coupled with Tigercat’s high regard for customer feedback and satisfaction, set a high standard early in the game which the company constantly aims to surpass.
Now twenty years later the company has achieved what few thought was possible. Tigercat has been at the forefront of the development and evolution of forest harvesting equipment. The company has made forestry machines more durable and reliable, more productive and far more efficient while focusing on operator ergonomics and access to components. Tigercat has a long list of major engineering achievements, including ER boom technology, the electronically controlled hydrostatic skidder drive, TurnaroundTM and high capacity bunching saws and shears.
In a few months Tigercat will build its 12,000 machine. Its product offering has grown to nearly 50 carriers and attachments. Tigercat is a bright, shining light in a southern Ontario landscape that is increasingly devoid of manufacturing companies. None of this would be possible without the dedication of the Tigercat team, the partnerships forged with dealers and suppliers and most of all the support and feedback from Tigercat owners and operators.
The film ’20’ will be available as a special, limited edition DVD and Blu Ray later this summer.
Tigercat Industries designs and manufactures premium quality forestry and off-road equipment with manufacturing facilities in Canada and worldwide distribution. The diverse product range includes complete full-tree and cut-to-length harvesting systems, a growing line of land clearing and vegetation management equipment and specialized off-road industrial and material handling machinery.