Predecessor Melroe Manufacturing Company
Founded 1960
Headquarters West Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Products Construction Plant
Parent Doosan
(formerly owned by Ingersoll Rand)
formerly owned by Melroe Manufacturing Company
Bobcat Skidsteer withBrush attachment

Bobcat S130 Skid Steer with Brush Attachment

Bobcat S175 with Red Rhino 2000 crusher - IMG 7681

Bobcat S175 driving a Red Rhino crusher unit

Bobcat Company is a manufacturer of farm and construction equipment with headquarters in West Fargo, North Dakota, USA and manufacturing plants in Gwinner, North Dakota and Bismarck, North Dakota, USA, Dobris, Czech Republic and Wujiang, China.

The company markets skid steer loaders, compact excavators, compact utility vehicles and other small hydraulic equipment under the Bobcat brand name. It is one of the few major manufacturing companies operating in North Dakota, and the only manufacturer building compact excavators in the United States.


The skid steer loader was introduced by the Melroe Manufacturing Company when they produced the M-400 in 1960. Melroe Manufacturing Company was founded in 1947 by Edward G. Melroe. The Bobcat name was first used in 1962 on the 440 model loader; the contemporary dictionary definition of 'bobcat' included the adjectives of "quick, tough, and agile" which were well suited to the small loader. The name of the company was eventually changed to Bobcat.

Melroe was purchased by Clark Equipment Company in 1969, and Bobcat's were manufactured in Brazil by Clark Equipment Company from 1982-1990, then moved to Tema Terra in 1993. Bobcat was purchased from Clark by Ingersoll-Rand in 1995.

It was a subsidiary of the Ingersoll-Rand Company from 1995 until July, 2007 when it was sold for $4.9 billion USD to Doosan Infracore of South Korea. Bobcat/Doosan then signed an agreement with Daedong Industrial, (the owner/builder of Kioti tractors), to build tractors under the Bobcat brand for sale in North America.[1] Tractors were discontinued in 2012, with sales ending in 2013.

Although the word "bobcat" is sometimes used to describe any skid steer loader, such uses are incorrect. Bobcat Company owns worldwide trademark registrations for its "Bobcat" name. Accordingly, the word "Bobcat" only accurately describes equipment and vehicles manufactured by the Bobcat Company. Bobcat Company is currently engaged in a campaign to inform the public of the proper use of the "Bobcat" trademark. Bobcat Company's efforts are targeted at preventing Bobcat from becoming a genericized trademark.

Model RangeEdit

Compact tracked loader Bobcat T180

Bobcat T180 skid-steer

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Tractors (2007-2012)Edit

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