The Winners of the
How Bobcat Unleashed Me Contest


After an exciting 21 weeks of reviewing entries from Bobcat® compact equipment enthusiasts, Bobcat Company officials have selected a grand prize winner, five second-place winners and 10 third-place winners in the How Bobcat Unleashed Me Contest.

The How Bobcat Unleashed Me Contest asked compact equipment users to share how Bobcat equipment helped them in performing work better, smarter and faster. Equipment users across the continental United States and Canada submitted brief essays and photographs about their experiences with Bobcat equipment.

The grand prize winner is Gregory Stone of Excavation Details, Rock Stream, New York. He will receive a $75 000 Bobcat gift certificate, good for products or attachments of his choice at a designated Bobcat dealership in North America.

Gregory Stone was selected from among many superb entries because of his inspiring story. Formerly a skilled professional with a custom cabinet and millwork company, he wanted to make more of his life and had a passion to operate compact equipment for a full-time job. He recognized a niche application in vineyards and developed a process to dig precise draining systems while preventing damage to the vines and valuable soil. Mr. Stone purchased a Bobcat skid-steer loader and backhoe attachment - after some guidance from a Bobcat sales specialist - to install the complex drainage systems in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The compact loader and backhoe attachment proved to be perfect for his niche application.

In addition, five second-place prize winners will receive $1000 gift certificates, good for Bobcat products or attachments of the winners' choice at designated Bobcat dealerships in North America. The five second-place winners include the following individuals:

  • Michael Lowes of Lowes' Landscaping from Cuba, Missouri;
  • Eric Austin of Austin's Landscape Construction Inc. from Yorba Linda, California;
  • Terry Reed of Four Seasons Construction from Whitehall, Montana;
  • Bob Pedatella of Kodiak Landscape Design from Haskell, New Jersey;
  • Ray Benoit Jr. of Eagle 88 Enterprises from Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Ten third-place prize winners will receive an authentic Bobcat jacket. They are:

  • Robert Ott of C&C Excavating LLC from La Crescent, Minnesota;
  • Joe Emigh from Utica, Pennsylvania;
  • Otto Trebing of Tanglewood-Destiny; from Roopville, Georgia;
  • Dennis Goecke II from Tipp City, Ohio
  • Josh Ginther of Ginther Farms from Abingdon, Illinois;
  • Jethro Montgomery of Turf Concepts LLC from Elida, Ohio;
  • Marvyn Pickering of Marvyn Pickering Bobcat from Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, Canada;
  • Devin Scheel of CRS from Draper, Utah;
  • Marion Perret of Trans-Speed International from Jefferson, Louisiana;
  • Richard Meffert from Raeford, North Carolina.

Fifty years ago, Bobcat Company unleashed a way to work better, smarter, faster. During 2008, the company is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bobcat compact equipment, which began with the Melroe Self-Propelled Loader - a three-wheeled front-end loader - in 1958. That machine evolved into the Bobcat skid-steer loader and spawned the worldwide compact equipment industry. Today, Bobcat continues to lead the world in the design, manufacture and distribution of compact equipment.

Source: Bobcat Company

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