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History

Louisiana Cat has been proud to represent Caterpillar® for 4 continuous generations in the state of Louisiana.  We strive to be the leader in the markets we serve by offering superior value and an exceptional customer experience.

Founded as a levee contractor in 1928 on the banks of the Mississippi River in Tallulah, Louisiana Tractor and Equipment Company became the 1st Caterpillar dealer in the State by 1933.  The history of our company is one of continuity. From 1928 to the present day operations of Louisiana Cat we have believed in focusing on the needs of our customers and satisfying them completely.

Starting with one location in Vidalia, La. we grew to four locations by 1954 establishing Monroe, La. as corporate headquarters. These locations handled sales, service and parts of Cat heavy dirt moving equipment involved in levee construction, petroleum site development, and land clearing. The company continued to grow during the next three decades as our customers built interstate highways, locks and dams and developed Louisiana’s lignite mines. During this time Louisiana Machinery also became one of Caterpillar’s most experienced Forest Products dealers.

In 1991 Louisiana Machinery Co. became the statewide dealer for Cat equipment in Louisiana, purchasing five additional locations. We moved our corporate headquarters to Reserve, Louisiana, outside of New Orleans.  This allowed the company to grow the engine and generator business in the marine and petroleum markets.

We have a diverse marketplace with demand for nearly every Cat product application including underground salt, stevedoring, industrial plant and coastal restoration and have one of the largest rental fleets and the 7th largest excavator market in North America.  Nearly half our business comes from Power Systems Sales, Parts and Service so we dropped ‘machinery’ from our brand name in 2011.

Our Power Systems headquarters, located within the Port of Iberia in New Iberia, Louisiana, is a ISO 9001 DNV GL certified design, fabrication and customized packaging operation which designs and builds to the most demanding offshore requirements for diesel and natural gas prime power, standby and gas compression applications.  We consistently rank as the top Caterpillar marine engine dealer in the Americas, offering dockside service in Morgan City and field service support to marine customers globally.

Today our company has locations across Louisiana and the gulf coast and continues to focus on the needs of customers in the diverse heavy equipment markets throughout Louisiana as well as the global engine markets worldwide.  With our highly skilled workforce, Louisiana Cat faces the challenge of meeting the needs of the booming industry.  First in Louisiana and Built to Last.

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