Nickell Rental Purchases First Commemorative Cat Mini Excavator Built in Georgia

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PRLog - Oct. 28, 2014 - ATHENS, Ga. -- The new compact radius Cat® E2 Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators—305E2, 305.5E2 and 308E2—will all be produced at Caterpillar’s new 850,000 square foot facility in Athens, Georgia, USA and will also use the new High Definition Hydraulic system. The first 5 units to come off the production line will be 5 special edition 305E2 units.

The new Cat facility is expected to employ 1,400 workers in Georgia, and suppliers for the plant could create another 2,800 jobs. This facility is a big win for the state of Georgia, which is still recovering from the recent recession and currently has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. This new plant will be a global supplier of small tracked excavators and bulldozers and joins 3 other CAT plants already located in Georgia.

Nickell Rental, a family owned multi-location equipment rental company headquartered in Georgia, is excited to support manufacturing growth in Georgia and be one of the first owners of the Athens built and American designed CAT mini excavator. Josh Nickell, Vice President, Nickell Rental, said of the event, “We are honored to be part of this special event. As a locally owned and operated company, we are very excited to be a part of the return of manufacturing to Georgia and support the opportunities it will create for our local economy.”

Nickell Rental will be taking possession of their new commemorative mini excavator when it drives off the factory line at a special event being held at the plant on October, 28 2014. They will be joined by their Rental Alliance partner Yancey Caterpillar, the Cat dealer for Georgia who is celebrating its 100 year anniversary and is the nation's oldest Cat dealer.

The units will be presented by Reid Waitt, General Manager, Compact Construction Equipment Cat Inc., Bill Schaffroth, Commercial Manager, Compact Construction Equipment Cat Inc., and Trey Googe, Executive Vice President & COO, Yancey.

About Nickell Rental

Nickell Rental, one of the largest independent rental companies in Georgia, opened its first store in Newnan, GA in 1998 and is owned by the Nickell family. It has been operating in Georgia for 16 years and has 2 stores in the south metro Atlanta area.

Nickell Rental provides quality rental equipment and tools to the construction industry and serves contractors and DIY homeowners. For more information, please visit

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