Vanair Manufacturing is pleased to announce the company has reached an agreement for the acquisition of Air N Arc, Inc. Air N Arc operations will relocate to Vanair's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Michigan City, Indiana from their current facility in Hiawatha, Kansas.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History recently acquired 56 cubic feet of records from Bobcat Co., which manufactures compact construction and agricultural equipment and is based in North Dakota. This donation includes corporate records relating to American manufacturing and marketing as well as business development. Housed in the museum's Archives Center, these papers join the museum's extensive collection of agricultural, industrial and business papers. A selection of these records is scheduled to be on view from Nov. 30 through Jan. 17, 2010.
Bobcat Co. originated as Melroe Manufacturing Co., a Gwinner, N.D., family-owned agricultural equipment maker founded in 1947. The original compact loader was invented by Louis and Cyril Keller, who operated a small family blacksmith shop in Rothsay, Minn. Based on a request from a local turkey farmer, the brothers set out to develop a small loader that was lighter and more maneuverable. After a few prototypes, a move to North Dakota and an acquisition by Melroe Manufacturing Co., the three-wheeled Keller loader went into production in 1958 as the "Melroe
self-propelled loader." In 1962, as a four-wheeled model, it was branded the "Bobcat" skid-steer loader, because of its "tough, quick and agile" characteristics and "skid-steering" ability to turn within its own length. This single product became so successful that the company later took the Bobcat name, while adding several other machines to its product line.