KATO Press release 30th Anniversary


Compact Excavator Sales Celebrate 30th anniversary with ARA Show and Festive Celebration Elizabethtown, KY- Compact Excavator Sales, a North American distributor for KATO Works and Canycom East Coast distributor, proudly celebrated its 30th anniversary with a kick-off at the American Rental Association (ARA) Show in New Orleans and party on February 19th. The celebration included the company’s participation in the ARA Show at the Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center in New Orleans and a special anniversary party at the JW Marriot, celebrating three decades of innovation, growth, and commitment to excellence in the compact equipment industry.

Founded in 1994 by Mike and Markie Smith, Compact Excavators began with a vision to supply quality equipment to rental houses in North America. Taking years of experience, relationships, and a drive to grow, Mike Smith kicked off Compact Excavator Sales with its initial show at ARA in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1994. Over the years, the company grew significantly, continually expanding its product lines and services to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

In 2016, KATO Works purchased IHI, and IHI Compact Excavator Sales transitioned to KATO Compact Excavator Sales. This transition reflected a new partnership and expanded product lineup. This transition allowed the company to further its mission of providing industry-leading compact equipment solutions backed by superior customer service and support.

“We were immensely proud to celebrate 30 years of service with customers, industry partners, and family that have made this journey possible,” said Mike Smith, founder of Compact Excavator Sales. “Our anniversary celebration at the ARA Show in New Orleans was not just a milestone for our company but a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication, the quality of our products, and our commitment to customer support.”

The anniversary celebration kicked off with Compact Excavator Sales’ participation in the ARA Show, where attendees explored the latest equipment, including the newly released HD308 67hp excavator—a powerful and compact large excavator designed to bridge the gap between compact excavators and large excavators. Compact Excavator Sales also released its 9V5 micro mini excavator; its petite size is perfect for the smallest and narrowest jobs. The festivities continued with an exclusive party at the JW Marriott, offering guests the opportunity to celebrate the company’s 30 years of success, innovation, and growth.

KATO Compact Excavator Sales is continuing its 30th-anniversary celebration throughout the year. The celebration includes collaborations with popular YouTubers Daniel Arms of Arms Family Homestead and Nathan Elliot of Out Of The Woods Forestry, growing our dealer/rental house network, and creating and implementing resources for our customers.

Bekah Ware
Marketing Director
Elizabethtown, KY

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