WATERTOWN, SD OCTOBER 29, 2010 A few years ago, Butler Machinery in Sioux Falls, SD salvaged an engineless 950G Caterpillar wheel loader. Because of the generosity of the Butler family, coupled with the extraordinary efforts of two Butler associates, Gene Kraus and Wayne Mohr, the saved wheel loader was donated to Lake Area Technical Institute’s Diesel Technology program.
Butler Machinery located a used engine to accompany the machine. Lake Area Tech alumni Kraus and Mohr, along with several of their fellow Butler employees, generously chipped in to cover the cost of transporting the wheel loader and engine from Sioux Falls to Watertown.
Under the supervision of LATI instructor Ron Meidinger, a group of second-year diesel students restored the engine to perfect working condition. In recognition of the efforts of all those involved, CEO Dan Butler authorized the wheel loader to receive a brand new paint job – a donation valued at approximately $4,000 to $5,000.
The Diesel Technology program at Lake Area Tech offers the latest and best in industry-standard training, producing highly skilled graduates who remain (largely) in South Dakota. Lake Area Technical Institute would like to gratefully recognize the partnership and generosity Butler Machinery. Without industry contributors it would be impossible to offer students the same outstanding level of education.