Caterpillar Equipment

Caterpillar Equipment



Caterpillar Equipment
Caterpillar Incorporated, also known as​ CAT is​ a
United States based corporation that is​ based in
Peoria, Illinois .​
the​ company commonly known as​ CAT
is known around the​ world as​ the​ largest manufacturer
of construction and​ mining equipment, diesel and
natural gas engines, and​ industrial gas turbines.
Well known and​ famous for​ their products that feature
the Caterpillar track and​ distinctive yellow paint,
CAT produces a​ wide range of​ heavy equipment for
all types of​ jobs, including the​ very popular
Caterpillar D9 bulldozer.
History
The story of​ CAT dates back to​ the​ late 19th century,
when Daniel Best and​ Benjamin Holt were experimenting
with different ways to​ fulfill the​ promise that
steam tractors held for​ farm work .​
Prior to​ 1925,
the Holt family had pioneered track tractors and
gasoline powered engines .​
After the​ companies of​
Best and​ Holt were merged, the​ company went through
several changes then at​ the​ end of​ World War 2,
they began to​ grow at​ a​ very fast pace, launching
the first venture outside of​ the​ country in​ 1950,
which marked the​ beginning of​ CAT development into
a big corporation.
CAT equipment ranges from track type tractors to
hydraulic excavators, backhoes, motor graders, off
road trucks, wheel loaders, tractors, diesel and
gas engines, and​ gas turbines .​
CAT equipment is
used in​ construction, excavation, building roads,
mining, energy, forestry, transportation, and​
material handling companies.
Sales
Over half of​ CAT's sales are to​ customers in​ overseas
areas .​
CAT products are sold in​ almost 200 different
countries .​
the​ company has a​ worldwide network
of over 200 dealers - 63 in​ the​ United States and
over 150 in​ other countries .​
CAT equipment and
components are manufactured in​ 42 plants in​ the​
United States and​ 58 plants in​ Australia, Belgium,
Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India,
Japan, Mexico, and​ several other countries.
Labor
CAT almost went down in​ the​ early 1980s due to
the massive union strikes and​ a​ down turn in​ product
demand .​
At the​ time, several news reports indicated
that products were piling up so high in​ facilities
that temporary workers hired to​ work the​ lines
could barely get to​ their stations to​ perform their
jobs.
In the​ 1990s, CAT suffered yet another long strike
in which the​ company hired what it​ deemed to​ be
permanent replacements for​ union workers that
were on strike .​
During both strikes, jack rocks
were placed in​ the​ home entrances of​ many of
CATs top executives and​ employees, puncturing
the tires of​ their vehicles and​ making things
worse for​ the​ company.
Not long after the​ strike of​ the​ 1990s ended
and the​ economy started to​ get back up again, CAT
adopted the​ 6 Sigma quality management program,
to help reduce costs and​ inventory and​ identify
and correct the​ defects in​ processes and​ products.
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