The 250,000th unit was sold by Wagner Equipment to CF Jordan, a large construction business in El Paso, Texas. John Goodrich, the executive vice president of CF Jordan flew over to Leicester UK to receive the 420E IT for his company. The event was celebrated at the Leicester Visitor Centre with a number of Leicester employees, local dignitaries, and press in attendance. During the celebration there were speeches from Robert Droogleever, Backhoe Loader General Manager, Bruce Wagner, Dealer Principal of Wagner Equipment, and the customer John Goodrich. The 250,000th machine then made a dramatic appearance, suitably adorned with stars and stripes engine side panels, silver buckets and muffler, before unfurling a Texas flag in front of the assembled audience. Robert then handed over the machine keys, a commemorative plaque and gifts to John Goodrich and Bruce Wagner.
In November, Caterpillar reached the landmark of building the 250,000th backhoe loader (BHL) since the product was first introduced 26 years ago. The BHL is now in its fifth generation and started production in Leicester, but has since also been built in Clayton, N.C., Brazil and India.
While it has taken 26 years to reach the 250,000th milestone, the Building Construction Products (BCP) division of Caterpillar anticipates it will be significantly fewer years before the 500,000th milestone is reached.
Watch the 250,000th Cat Backhoe presentation: