Statement from Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat Americas and Oceania

Louie Keller

“We were saddened to learn about the passing of Louis Keller, one of the inventors of the compact, three-wheeled machine that led to the first Bobcat-branded skid-steer loader. Louis was among those honored in 2004 as Bobcat received the ASAE 'Historic Landmark' award — a recognition reserved only for the most important agricultural innovations in American history. And two years ago, during our 50th anniversary, we celebrated Louis and his brother, Cyril, and everyone else who helped make Bobcat a success over the last five decades.

Keller Loader

"The Keller brothers’ drive to help make common jobs easier for farmers and others helped launch the compact equipment industry, and their contributions to Bobcat and the State of North Dakota in particular will never be forgotten.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Keller family, and we join them in honoring Louis’ legacy.”