North Platte Hosts Demo Days
April 24, 2008
Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. hosted a two day “Demo Days” event, April 9th and 10th, near the North Platte, NE branch facility. Driven by interest in the new John Deere 9530 Auto Load Scraper Tractor, the event was a chance for hands-on operation of Deere, Hitachi and Bobcat equipment. This type of equipment demonstration had not been offered in the North Platte area since the mid 1960’s.
In a joint effort, Murphy Tractor’s Grand Island and North Platte branch staff began preparation of the demo site well in advance. Local farmer and rancher, Willis Roethemeyer, generously provided an excellent location only 2.5 miles from North Platte. A large tent was set up at the site and Scottie’s of Sutherland provided BBQ lunch. A variety of equipment was demonstrated, some of which included a Hitachi 450Z Excavator, JD 300D Haul truck, JD 770D Motor grader, and JD 850 Dozer.
Over 200 contractors, local government entities, and feedlot operators from throughout central Nebraska and northern Kansas attended. Also on site were several representatives from John Deere, Hitachi and Bobcat and Murphy Tractor’s corporate headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. The event was very well received, and attendees commented on how much they appreciated the opportunity to view and operate equipment they might otherwise not have access to. Murphy Tractor plans to provide more opportunities of this type in the future.