Bobcat Names Winners of Million Loaders Contest

September 10, 2014

A second-generation Bobcat compact equipment owner won a Special Edition One-Millionth Bobcat T650 compact track loader during Bobcat Company’s “Unstoppable” campaign and Million Loaders Celebration contest.

Steven Klumker, of Mancos, Colo., visited the Bobcat of Durango equipment dealership believing he was being interviewed as a finalist for the contest. Instead, he was presented the grand prize with his family on-hand to celebrate with him.

“This is a dream come true for me — Bobcat machines have been our family’s livelihood and our lifestyle my entire life,” Klumker. “And I cannot wait to show this loader off.”

Klumker’s entry was selected from more than 12,000 that came in over six months, based on his answer to the question, “How does Bobcat make you unstoppable?”

“Steve’s was exactly the type of entry we were looking for,” said Gary Hornbacher, Bobcat Company vice president of sales and marketing. “He described how Bobcat equipment has helped his entire family — first- and second-generation Bobcat equipment owners — build a successful business that spans more than 40 years and has covered six states. He and his family were early believers in Bobcat machines, and Steve is a great example of how a customer can be unstoppable with the right equipment and a solid relationship with his local dealer.”

The contest’s second prize went to Troy Hieb, of Newcastle, Wyoming, who will receive $1,000 in merchandise credit to spend at any authorized Bobcat dealer location. Hieb, a lieutenant with the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department, currently owns a Bobcat T180 compact track loader, which — most notably — was used to help move debris during a home fire.

“The use of my Bobcat T180 allowed the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department to safely, quickly and fully extinguish a fire that could have caused far more damage to the home if not completely extinguished,” Hieb wrote in his entry. “Bobcat has built a tool that has made me unstoppable.”

Fifteen third-place winners will receive Bobcat jackets for telling their stories.

The “Unstoppable” campaign started in January, marking Bobcat Company’s year-long celebration of the production of their 1 millionth loader. Contest entrants were judged on individual completeness and creativity.