Freddy Bersaglia reflects on 45 years

When an especially old piece of Cat® equipment comes into the Stowers Machinery shop, one man in particular is often called on to help. Freddy Bersaglia, celebrating 45 years with Stowers this year, relishes the times his expertise is needed. “We still get old equipment and I get calls every now and then, like how to set the racks,” Bersaglia said. “I like calls like that.” His wealth of knowledge grew over the years, starting in 1970 with his first position at Stowers working on used equipment. Bersaglia had been working at an auto body shop in Kentucky, where he’s from, when [read more…]

Looking toward our future

The past decade has been one of the most volatile periods the heavy equipment industry has ever faced. The boom in 2007, followed by the drastic decline in 2009 – both compounded by an exponential rate of technological innovation – have dramatically altered the industry. Rising from the debris of our last recession are customers who are stronger, more efficient, and demanding new ways to solve their problems. Stowers Machinery has emerged with more agility and fortitude, while maintaining our commitment to our customers. In the last ten years, Stowers Machinery has invested heavily in customer solutions through an enhanced [read more…]

Reflecting on our history

Stowers Machinery Corporation first opened its doors on October 3, 1960. On that day, three brothers from Bluefield, West Virginia – my father Harry and his brother Bud and Dick – took over East Tennessee’s Cat dealership from the R.L. Harris Company, one of the original Cat dealers that had been in business since 1925. On that opening day 55 years ago, Caterpillar had a relatively small product line of about 30 different models – bulldozers, scrapers, motor graders, track loaders, and a small assortment of diesel generators – and its main competitors were all U.S. companies: International Harvester, Allis-Chalmers [read more…]