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Catalyst Communications Network (CCN)

Catalyst Communications Network (CCN)

On April 14, 1966, the first four-page Contractors Hot Line “want-to-buy” newsletter was distributed by an Iowa contractor and his wife to industry professionals searching for an easier way to locate and sell equipment in the Midwest. The success of the newsletter became the foundation for Catalyst Communications Network (CCN), which has launched dozens of publications over the last five decades. Today, the company produces more than 20 print magazines, digital publications, and annual guides for the agriculture, construction, aviation, industrial machines, and consumer lifestyle markets. While Catalyst Communications Network continues to adhere to the philosophy of connecting buyers and sellers, it has expanded its offerings over the years to provide a full range of marketing services—from print and electronic advertising, editorial and public relations, subscriptions, list marketing, bulk mailing, and graphic design. Based on the needs of its clients and readers, its products now reach a global audience. The company operates from its home office in Fort Dodge, as well as satellite offices in Alabama, Wisconsin and Colorado.


Whether you raise livestock, dairy cows, crops or just enjoy old tractors or living the rural life, Heartland’s Agriculture division offers abundant opportunities for our clients to cultivate relationships with our audiences. Since its founding in 1978, Farmers Hot Line has provided the industry an active equipment marketplace and relevant information about agriculture and livestock products and services through its five regional editions and recurring special editions in print and digital distribution - Northeast Edition, North Central Edition, Heartland Edition and Southern/Plains Edition, Western Edition, Planting Edition, Harvest Edition, AgParts Hot Line and Manufacturers Spotlight. Consumer editorial titles AcreageLife and Chicken Whisperer entertain and engage lovers of country living. The division also offers the Antique Tractor Guide, Compact Tractor Guide and Hot Line Farm Equipment Guide, which are the authoritative resources for prices, serial numbers and specifications from the leading manufacturers.


Heartland’s story began at an Iowa kitchen table on April 14, 1966, with a four-page want-to-buy newsletter called Contractors Hot Line. Since its humble beginnings, the weekly print and digital magazine has expanded to encompass new and used equipment, parts and attachments, equipment auctions and industry services. The division also publishes the monthly Parts Connection and the annual Attachment Connection manufacturer directory. Our editorial-driven publications—Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access— provide in-depth information on product trends, equipment technology and industry news. The division also offers the annual Hot Line Construction Equipment Guide and Hot Line Crane Guide, which are the authoritative resources for prices, serial numbers and specifications from the leading manufacturers.


Since 1983, Heartland’s Industrial division has offered the premier national marketplace for the metal fabrication industry. Distributed digitally, the weekly Industrial Machine Trader connects buyers and sellers of metalworking machinery, parts, tooling and supplies. The magazine also produces a monthly Midwest Regional, Fabricators Hot Line and a bi-monthly Manufacturers Showcase editions. Fabricators Hot Line features new and used equipment, products and services for the metal-forming and fabricating industry. The group also produces an annual Manufacturers Showcase Directory that is distributed in both print and digital formats.

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Industrial Machine Trader is part of the Catalyst Communications Network publication family.