Our Legacy

140+ Years of Service


We manage by our business values to provide a safe, productive, fulfilling work environment for employees, legendary service for customers, enhanced value for shareholders, and mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

We are committed to stability and effective strategic growth.

We are recognized for leadership in our industries and by those we serve.

The Holt family business began in California in the mid-1880s, when Benjamin Holt produced his first horse-drawn “Link-Belt Combined Harvester.” That event kicked off a tradition of legendary customer service that has endured for generations.

As the company grew, Holt moved the manufacturing operations to a more central location in Peoria, Illinois. There the company flourished until, in 1925, Holt Manufacturing Company merged with one of its longtime competitors, Best Tractor Company to create Caterpillar Tractor Company. This partnership consolidated the dealerships of rival companies into a network of strong, independent Caterpillar® dealerships.

The following decades saw further growth and diversification for Holt Companies, including the adoption of our Values-Based Leadership process. As new territories were opened and existing territories were merged, the company continued to expand. But perhaps the most notable event was the purchase in 2002 of certain assets of Dallas-based Darr Equipment Co. This purchase effectively doubled the size of the company, made HOLT CAT® one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the world, and laid the foundation for a complete portfolio of companies serving all the unique needs of HOLT’s customers.

Over the years, the name HOLT has become synonymous with Legendary Customer service. It’s a tradition we proudly carry on to this day.


We are a successful company that provides superior products and services that satisfy customer needs.

We will maintain a high level of ethics, teamwork, and professionalism, while demonstrating a caring attitude toward employees and customers.



"By being here to stay"

Demonstrating a Caring Attitude • Being Loyal • Sharing a Mutual Desire to Succeed • Acknowledging Our Previous Accomplishments


"By consistently achieving targeted goals"

Achieving Established Goals and Objectives • Demonstrating Competence • Recognizing the Achievements of All


"By continually getting better"

Exceeding Established Goals and Objectives • Developing Superior Skills and Abilities


"By pursuing strategic opportunities"

Being Creative • Initiating Change


"By doing the right thing"

Being Honest • Showing Integrity • Being Consistent • Providing Fair Treatment

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