Bobcat Corporate Timeline

A farmer and inventor, Edward Gideon “E.G.” Melroe founded Melroe Manufacturing Company in Gwinner, North Dakota, in 1947. His notable inventions included the Melroe pickup, a combine attachment that would pick up windrows of grain, and the harroweeder, a spring-tooth harrow for weeding row crops. Melroe died in 1955, leaving his sons Lester, Clifford, Roger and Irving, and son-in-law Eugene Dahl, in charge of the business. The prosperous farm implement business changed course in 1958, after the brothers met with inventors Cyril and Louis Keller, from Rothsay, in western Minnesota.

2007 – Present – Doosan Ownership

1995-2006 – Rapid Expansion

1969-1994 – Clark Equipment Company

1962-1968 – Bobcat Era

1929-1960 - Melroe Family & Keller Brothers

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Product Timeline

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Branding and Trade Dress Timeline

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The Bobcat Story

The Bobcat Story

Bobcat's rich history started in 1947 in Gwinner, North Dakota. 

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