Bud Stowers dies at age 94

Bud Stowers, age 94, passed away peacefully at his home on July 7, 2016. He was the oldest of the three brothers (Bud, Dick and Harry) who started Stowers Machinery Corporation in 1960. He and his brothers were born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia. A combat Marine in World War II, Bud came home after the war and joined his father’s automobile business, Stowers Motors. In the mid 1950s, Bud developed a keen interest in Caterpillar. His younger brother, Harry Stowers, had started working for Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, and the Cat dealer for West Virginia, Cecil Walker, was Bud’s good friend. [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…]

No time for a victory lap on highway funding

Just before the May 31 deadline, Congress approved another short-term continuing resolution to prop up the beleaguered Highway Trust Fund for another sixty days. This was just another band-aid in a long string of short-term continuing resolutions that Congress has passed to keep federal transportation funding from coming to a halt. Congress hasn’t passed a long-term federal transportation funding bill since 2005, resulting in ongoing chaos throughout the country for those responsible for building and maintaining our nation’s critical transportation network. State highway departments have no way of knowing future levels of funding without a multi-year federal transportation bill. The [read more…]