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Since its inception over 80 years ago, Caterpillar has grown to be the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. In partnership with our worldwide dealer network, we drive positive and sustainable change on every continent. We deliver products, services and technologies in three principal lines of business: Machinery, Engines and Financial Products. As a global, diverse technology leader, Cat commits to excellence in all that we do. We are proud to be a leader in building the world's infrastructure, and in enabling progress for millions of people around the globe.

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As a global leader with a broad portfolio of leading products, technologies and brands, Caterpillar is forever setting higher standards by maintaining a watchful eye on the ever-changing shift in regional dynamics and responding with new product innovations and manufacturing flexibility.

Business and Brands
Caterpillar's broad portfolio of products, services and technologies fall into three principal lines of business: machinery, engines and financial products.

Our businesses are brought to market under the following brands, which count among the most trusted names in the industry, and in the world.

Cat ® brand represents the industry-leading products and services made by Caterpillar. The Cat trademark was first used in 1949 and later registered in 1952, when it began appearing as part of machine trade dress. Today, the Cat brand is Caterpillar's primary public-facing brand name, representing the company's equipment, related services and the incredible dealer network that supports customers all over the world.


Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., formed in 1987 to build on the global distribution experience of its parents company. The Cat Logistics brand provides integrated world-class supply chain solutions and services to Caterpillar and more than 65 other leading corporations in market sectors including automotive, industrial, consumer durables, technology, electronics, manufacturing logistics and others. Headquartered in Morton, Illinois, Cat Logistics has more than 105 offices and facilities in 25 countries around the world.

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Cat Financial is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. and has been providing a wide range of financing alternatives for Cat and related equipment for over 25 years to customers and Cat dealers. Headquartered in Nashville, TN, Cat Financial has more than 40 offices and subsidiaries located throughout 80 countries in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

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Caterpillar has been in the remanufacturing business for over 30 years, however only began marketing its expertise to other OEMs under the Cat Remanufacturing Services (Cat Reman) name in 2004. Cat Reman is a high-technology, low cost, global organization focused on salvage capabilities that refurbish and restore used machinery and technologies to their original condition and specifications. As one of the world's largest remanufacturers, Cat Reman operates facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and China.


Cat Rental Stores serve as a convenient source for Cat products. Numbering over 1600 locations around the globe, Cat Rental Stores offer short- and long-term rentals for the general construction industry. The business model differs slightly in each region, with stores typically renting Cat machines and also allied products complementary to the Cat offering, such as specialized tools for jobsite needs. Many Cat Rental Stores also offer the equipment sales and servicing.

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Founded in 1966, FG Wilson produces generator sets ranging from small standby sets suitable for domestic use to large units capable of feeding back into the national grid. The company was introduced into the Cat family in 1999, when it was acquired from Emerson Electric. Today, the FG Wilson brand is sold into the electric power market outside North America through its own distinct distribution channel.

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MaK branded marine diesel engines are marketed and serviced through Caterpillar Marine Power Systems (CMPS), headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Its customers include well-known operators of ocean-going vessels such as container feeders, chemical tankers, bulk carriers, offshore supply vessels, general cargo vessels, ferries and cruise ships. In the commercial marine segment, MaK engines are sold into tugboats, workboats and inland waterway vessels. CMPS' regional sales offices are located in Hamburg, Shanghai, P.R. China, Singapore and Miramar, Florida, while technical application support is located in Kiel, Germany.

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Formed in 1932 and based in Peterborough, England, Perkins manufactures more than 400,000 engines every year to support customers with thousands of different specifications. Since the 1970s, Perkins has functioned as a supplier to Caterpillar—its largest single customer with about 35% of sales volume. In 1997, Perkins was acquired by Caterpillar and today has manufacturing facilities in Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Progress Rail is one of the largest providers of outsourced maintenance and repair services to the railroad industry in North America. It is headquartered in Albertville, Alabama and currently has more than 100 facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its customers include all of the major North American, or "Class 1" railroads, as well as regional railroads, public transit authorities, private car owners, railcar builders and lessors, and foundries for steel scrap.

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Solar Turbines is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of industrial gas turbine engines in its size range. Its products are used on land and offshore in 93 nations for the production and transmission of oil and natural gas, and are also used for generating electricity and thermal energy in a wide variety of industrial applications. Solar Turbines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.

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The History of Caterpillar
1890. Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best experimented with various forms of steam tractors for use in farming. They did so separately, with separate companies.

1904. Holt's first steam track-type tractor.

1906. Holt's first gas track-type tractor.

1915. Holt "Caterpillar®" track-type tractors are used by the Allies in World War I.

1925. The Holt Manufacturing Company and the C. L. Best Tractor Co. merge to form Caterpillar Tractor Co.

1931. The first Diesel Sixty Tractor rolled off the assembly line in East Peoria, Illinois, with a new efficient source of power for track-type tractors.

1940. The Caterpillar product line now included motor graders, blade graders, elevating graders, terracers and electrical generating sets.

1942. Caterpillar track-type tractors, motor graders, generators sets and a special engine for the M4 tank are used by the United States in its war effort.

1950. Caterpillar Tractor Co. Ltd. in Great Britain is established, the first of many overseas operations created to help manage foreign exchange shortages, tariffs, import controls and better serve customers around the world.

1953. In 1931, the company created a separate engine sales group to market diesel engines to other equipment manufacturers. This group was replaced in 1953 with a separate sales and marketing division to better serve the needs of a broad range of engine customers. Engine sales now account for approximately one-third of the company's total sales and revenues.

1963. Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. form one of the first joint ventures in Japan to include partial U.S. ownership. Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd. started production in 1965, has been renamed Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd., and is now the No. 2 maker of construction and mining equipment in Japan.

1981-83. The worldwide recession took its toll on Caterpillar, costing the company the equivalent of $1 million a day and forcing it to dramatically reduce employment.

1983. Caterpillar Leasing Company is expanded to offer equipment financing options to its customers worldwide and is renamed Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation.

1985-present. The product line continued to diversify to meet a variety of customer needs. More than 300 products are now offered, more than double the figure in 1981.

1986. The Caterpillar Tractor Co. changes its name to Caterpillar Inc. - a more accurate reflection of the enterprise's growing diversity.

1987. A $1.8 billion plant modernization program was launched to streamline the manufacturing process.

1990. The company decentralized its structure, reorganizing into business units responsible for return on assets and customer satisfaction.

1997. The company continued to expand, acquiring the U.K.-based Perkins Engines. With the addition of Germany's MaK Motoren the previous year, Caterpillar becomes the world leader in diesel engine manufacturing.

1998. The world's largest off-highway truck - the 797 - makes its debut at the Cat Proving Ground in Arizona.

1999. Caterpillar unveils new line of compact construction equipment at CONEXPO, world's largest construction show, in response to changing customer needs for smaller, more versatile construction equipment.

2000. Caterpillar celebrates its 75th anniversary.

2001. Caterpillar is the first company to globally launch 6 Sigma and deliver first-year benefits in excess of implementation costs.

2003. Caterpillar becomes the first engine manufacturer to offer a complete line of 2004 model year clean diesel engines fully compliant and certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Caterpillar's breakthrough emissions control technology, known as ACERT®, is designed to comply with EPA standards without sacrificing performance, reliability or fuel efficiency.

2005. Demonstrating a pledge to sustainable development, Caterpillar responded to a number of tragedies around the world, including the Asian Tsunami disaster, hurricanes along the U.S. Gulf Coast and earthquakes in South Asia. In the face of each of these challenges, employees, dealers and corporate leaders alike joined together to build a promise of hope and growth for all those affected by donating machinery, money and resources for relief and recovery efforts.

2006. Benjamin Holt, one of Caterpillar Inc.'s founding fathers and designer of the first track-type tractor was recognized for his ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit with an induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

2006. Caterpillar Inc. subsidiary Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc. (Cat Logistics) opens a new parts distribution center in the Lingang Industrial Area in Shanghai.

2006. Caterpillar launched a revised and updated Worldwide Code of Conduct and Enterprise Strategy. Serving new markets and new customers in new ways, Caterpillar welcomed the opportunity to experience unchartered growth across all business ventures.
All of our products share the Caterpillar pedigree of deep industry insight and cutting-edge technology. By listening to our customers and focusing on their specific needs, we are able to continually build innovative products for each of our industries—from mining and construction to marine and forestry. This explains why our products have become the industry standard for productivity, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and environmental responsibility. Our customer-focused approach also extends to the way Caterpillar and Caterpillar dealers offer the very best in rental, financial and used equipment options to maximize our customers' success.

The Caterpillar equipment product line, consisting of more than 300 machines, sets the standard for our industry. We plan to help you meet your needs with our equipment, with our distribution and product support system, and the continual introduction and updating of products.
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Caterpillar is the world's largest manufacturer of medium speed engines, as well as one of the world's largest manufacturers of high speed diesel engines, with ratings available from 54 to 13,600 hp (40 to 10,000 kW).
Learn more about Caterpillar's full line of engines.

From engine parts to undercarriage, drive train to hydraulics…your local Cat® Dealer stocks parts for most Cat equipment in use today. The Caterpillar parts distribution network features 197 Dealers in more than 200 countries, along with 23 distribution centers in 11 countries. We can deliver most parts within 24 hours.
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