Family business wins Cat truck

LPA Marine, a fourth-generation family business based in Peaks Island, ME, has won a new Caterpillar CT660 vocational truck

LPA Marine, a fourth-generation family business based in Peaks Island, ME, has won a new Caterpillar CT660 vocational truck.

Caterpillar gave away the truck as part of its Win a Cat Truck contest, which drew more than 300 entries and 47,500 votes.

“We have always struggled to find a truck that can match Caterpillar’s balance of good design, reliability and durability. We think Caterpillar can do for our trucks what it has consistently done for our marine and excavating equipment,” said LPA Marine’s Coley Mulkern in his “Win a Cat Truck” contest entry, a video that showcased how the company uses Cat equipment and engines to serve the communities and islands that make up coastal Maine.

(To see the winning video, click here)

Founded as a barging company in 1967, LPA Marine operates two Cat-powered landing crafts that deliver cargo between the New England coast and working public and private islands and coastal properties. The company also has a construction arm with experience in excavation, erosion control, septic and drainage system installation, utilities works, road and sea wall construction, and land reclamation.

(For pictures of the CT660, click here)

“We received many great submissions, but when you watch LPA Marine’s video, it’s easy to understand why this entry garnered more than 3,000 votes from the general public,” said George Taylor, director of Caterpillar’s on-highway truck group. “Mulkern and the LPA team did an outstanding job explaining their business, their loyalty to Caterpillar and their need for a new CT660.”

The “Win a Cat Truck” contest launched on Aug. 1, and received 306 videos, essays and audio recordings. Participants were asked to describe the vocational application in which they work and explain how owning a CT660 would make their jobs easier. Online voting was held between Oct. 1-15 and the general public voted for the winner.

“We buy Cat earthmoving equipment and depend exclusively on Cat marine engines to power our ferries. We want to be assured we can consistently get through our days without equipment failures while operating at offshore sites far from any service facilities,” Mulkern said in his video submission. “We find Cat equipment to be unbeatable.”

LPA Marine will receive delivery of its new truck in the first quarter of 2012.

“Coley Mulkern and his team at LPA Marine are very deserving winners,” said Erik Sveden, on-highway general manager for local dealer Milton Cat. “We look forward to helping them put their new CT660 to work on what can be some pretty rugged and remote jobsites.”

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