Gregory Poole Celebrates 70th Anniversary as Family-Owned Cat Dealer

Marcia Doyle
Updated May 19, 2021
An historical photo of Gregory Poole's Raleigh facility.
An historical photo of Gregory Poole's Raleigh facility.
Gregory Poole

Gregory Poole, the Cat dealer for Eastern North Carolina, is celebrating its 70th anniversary, marking the date in 1951 when founder Gregory Poole, Sr. and his uncle William Lewis Gregory started the company. 

Poole soon became the sole owner, and today the company is lead by his grandson, Gregory Poole III. 

Gregory Poole IIIGregory Poole IIIGregory Poole"I vividly remember the 'early days' with approximately 35 employees and our main store in Raleigh and a small branch in New Bern," Poole says, adding that the company now has 1,200 employees and 21 locations. Poole serves as the company's chairman, president and CEO.

"Our continued focus on people, culture, and customers has gotten us to this point," Poole says. "That same mindset will continue to serve us well into the future, especially as we lay the groundwork to transition into the fourth generation," which includes Poole's son, Greg Poole IV.

In addition to representing Cat, the company also serves as the Hyster and Yale dealer for parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

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