Bobcat Exhibit At National Inventors Hall Of Fame Museum

On display is one of the first 10 compact loaders built in the late 1950s by the Keller brothers.

The Bobcat exhibit at NIHF Museum.

Bobcat Company has its history on display in a new exhibit within the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Museum in Alexandria, VA.

The opening of the museum exhibit follows the announcement from earlier this year that Cyril and Louis Keller, the brothers who invented the world’s first compact loader (later named the Bobcat® skid-steer loader), have been selected as 2023 inductees for the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF).

Joe Keller, son of inventor Louis Keller, at NIHF in Alexandria, VA.

“As Bobcat celebrates 65 years since the invention of the machine that created the compact equipment industry, we are thrilled to uplift our history to museum attendees of all ages,” said Mike Ballweber, Doosan Bobcat North America president. “As a company we continue to grow and evolve, but we stay connected to our roots through our spirit of innovation sparked by the Keller brothers.”

The museum exhibit features one of the Keller brothers’ original three-wheel loaders, along with a timeline of Bobcat’s history and a video display highlighting various aspects of Bobcat’s products, people and initiatives.

The loader on display in the exhibit was one of the first 10 compact loaders built in the late 1950s by the Keller brothers and has been generously offered on loan from the Keller family. Joe Keller, son of the late Louis Keller, transported this family heirloom nearly 1,400 miles from North Dakota to Virginia to be exhibited in the museum. Along his journey, he visited several Bobcat dealerships to showcase the loader to staff, customers and fans.

Joe Keller with NIHF Team in Canton, OH

The Bobcat exhibit will be on display through April 2024. Cyril and Louis Keller will be inducted posthumously into NIHF on Oct. 26. The NIHF Museum is located inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, VA.

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