1925 E.E. "Pop" Kelly moved from Kearney MO. to Daytona Beach as a representative of the Holt Manufacturing Co. Later that year, Holt merged with the C.L. Best Tractor Co. to form Caterpillar Tractor Co., and Pop joined McDonald and Burgman, the central Florida dealer.
1928 Pop moved to Clewiston and became director of the local branch office, known as the Clewiston Motor Company.
1933 Pop purchases Clewiston Motor Co. and is named the Caterpillar dealer for South Florida.
1939 The first branch of Clewiston Motor Co. was formed in Miami as Shelley Tractor & Equipment Co.
1945 Shelley Tractor spun-off from Clewiston Motor Co. and becomes the Miami area Caterpillar dealer.
1953 Pop Kelly was succeeded as president by his nephew Loyd Kelly.
1959 16,000 sq. ft. branch in West Palm Beach opens for business.
1963 A small service branch was established in Ft Pierce to better serve the citrus and sugarcane growers in the area. Clewiston Motor Co. changed its name to Kelly Tractor Co. and was again named the Caterpillar dealer for Miami.
1967 A small service branch was opened in Ft Myers.
1971 Kelly Tractor Co. out-grew its Miami facility and moved into the current 40 acre site at 8255 NW 58th Street in Miami.
1991 The Pompano Beach branch was opened.
1992 Punta Gorda branch was completed and opened.
1993 Awarded Link-Belt franchise, for the state of Florida (except the Panhandle),opened Orlando and Mulberry locations.
1996 New Ft. Myers branch opened for business. Appointed as IMT authorized distributor for the Western Hemisphere.
2000 Kelly Tractor Co. opens new CAT Rental store & Industrial lift truck facility in Davie, Fl. From modest beginnings, more than sixty years ago, Kelly Tractor Co. has become a leader in Florida's construction industry.
2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 Kelly Tractor Co. participated at Con Expo in Las Vegas displaying IMT Drill equipment. These earth drilling machines are available for sale, lease and rent. Look for us at 2011 at this worldwide construction equipment show.
2007 Kelly Tractor Co. now carries AccuGrade GPS Technology
Current earthmoving and fine grading processes are labor intensive and dependent on manpower and instruments. Maintaining consistent grade between stakes is challenging, even for experienced operators. AccuGrade GPS reduces labor requirements and helps operators work to the design plan by accurately cutting, filling and reducing material cost.
2011 Kelly Tractor is now an authorized dealer for Mauldin Paving products from Calder Brothers. For more information please check out our products: http://www.kellytractor.com/eng/products/paving_concrete/mauldin/Default.aspx.
In the industrial lift division, Kelly Tractor also carries Jungheinrich forklifts. For more information, please visit: http://www.kellytractor.com/eng/products/forklifts/jungheinrich/Default.aspx
2012 Kelly Tractor now carries Broce Brooms products. Information coming soon on our website on products from Broce Broom that we offer for sales, lease or rent.