Weiler Forestry, Inc. announced the launch of Weiler purpose-built forestry products following its acquisition of Caterpillar’s purpose-built forestry business.

The product line consists of wheel skidders, track feller-bunchers, wheel feller-bunchers, and knuckleboom loaders. 

Weiler Forestry facilities now include the former Caterpillar manufacturing plant and warehouse in LaGrange, Ga., a demonstration and training center in Auburn, Ala., the Prentice engineering and product development center in Prentice, Wis., and the legacy Prentice parts distribution center in Smithfield, NC.

Founded in 2000, Weiler produces an extensive portfolio of paving products and has a long history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network.

“Over the past several months we have been listening to forestry customers and dealer personnel. We are excited to implement product expansion plans quickly to better serve the forestry market,” comments Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler, Inc.

“I am looking forward to continuing to listen to our customers so we can offer them the products that best serve their needs through the best dealer network in the world,” adds Bill Hood, VP of Weiler, Inc. 

Weiler Forestry will design and manufacture purpose-built forestry products, which will continue to be available through the Cat dealer network.

Weiler entered into a preliminary agreement with Caterpillar, Inc. in August 2018. Weiler stated it anticipates retaining the approximatey 270 employees supporting the forestry business, adding to the nearly 500 employees currently employed at the Knoxville, Iowa based manufacturer’s corporate office and manufacturing facility.