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Dan Patrick Enterprises has grown from a farm boy’s hobby to the gold standard for monster truck chassis and parts; HFO Midwest has helped them on their journey.
Dan Patrick believes in seizing opportunities when they present themselves. His firm, Patrick Enterprises, Inc. (Circleville, OH), has grown from a mere sidelight, something he did to augment his income from farming, to the gold standard for building or repairing monster trucks. Many of the most famous and successful vehicles in the monster truck field -- trucks like Bigfoot, Grave Digger, and Bounty Hunter -- have chassis built by Patrick. He was aided in this growth by his determination and entrepreneurial spirit, along with help from high quality machine tools and the knowledgeable people who sell them.
Located in the Southwestern corner of Indiana, the small town of Vincennes has produced a number of ‘firsts.’ Indiana’s first newspaper was founded in Vincennes in 1799; its first university opened (Vincennes University) in 1801, and its first bank was established in 1814. Another first soon came in January 2011. Working in partnership with the Midwest Haas Factory Outlet and the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Program, Vincennes University launched the world’s first HTEC instructor training program at the Indiana Center for Applied Technology. Providing a high level of technical training for those that will lead Haas Technical Centers throughout the United States was the goal.
Catamount Machine Works came to life on Memorial Day 2005 with the Indianapolis 500 playing on the television in the background. Owner Al Jenkins had installed the shop's first machine tool, a Haas VF-2 SS, a few weeks earlier and driven to Atlanta to pickup the tooling he needed. "That first job was a component for the communications industry,” explains owner Al Jenkins. “The buyer for that business basically talked me into starting my own shop.”
Manufacturing turntables large enough to rotate a restaurant or mechanical lift systems strong enough to pick up a railroad car might seem like a daunting task to many shops. For Oxford, Connecticut based Macton Corporation (http://www.macton.com) it is business as usual. They have been producing turntables, large lifting systems and hoists for automotive, railroad and architectural applications since 1947.