History

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A TIMELINE OF PROJECTS COMPLETED AROUND THE WORLD 1883 - 2011

1930's | 1940's | 1950's | 1960's | 1970's | 1980's | 1990's | 2000's

1905 - San Francisco, California
A Holt steam traction engine works on the construction of a section of San Francisco's cable car system.

San Francisco's famed cable car system got its start in 1873. Over the next several decades, modifications were made to the system and new lines were added. Photos taken in 1905 show Holt Steam Traction Engine #37 being used to help lay new cable. This is the first documented instance of our machines in use on a public works construction project.

1906 - San Francisco, California
A Holt steam traction engine is used during recovery efforts after the San Francisco Earthquake.

The San Francisco earthquake ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. Photos taken following the quake and subsequent fire show Holt Steam Traction Engine #37 helping with the cleanup. This is the first known instance of our machines in use to aid in disaster recovery.

1908-1913 - California
Holt's track-type tractors receive exposure on the Los Angeles Aqueduct Project.

Twenty-seven of the first 100 Holt Caterpillar track-type tractors went to work on the Los Angeles Aqueduct Project, which provided a good proving ground for these machines. Because of contract deadlines, Holt's engineers were forced to quickly find solutions to mechanical problems. From this experience came solutions and technical improvements such as all-steel construction, three-speed transmissions, better spring suspension systems, better clutches and strengthened tractor parts.

1914-1918 - Europe
Holt's track-type tractors play a support role in World War I.

Even before the U.S. formally entered WWI, Holt had shipped 1,200 tractors to England, France and Russia for agricultural purposes. These governments, however, sent the tractors directly to the battlefront where the military put them to work hauling artillery and supplies.
These tractors also provided members of the British army with the inspiration needed to design the tank. Colonel E. D. Swinton had seen Holt's Caterpillar tractors in action and borrowed their track-laying principle to provide the tank with its form of locomotion.
After the U.S. declaration of war, Holt placed its facilities at the disposal of the government. The Holt Manufacturing Company had advantages over other tractor companies due to the relationship it had developed with the U.S. Army Ordnance Department. In fact, bids from the Ordnance department called for specifications of the "Caterpillar type." Holt expanded factories to accommodate production of the large numbers of tractors the government required. Over 5,000 Holt tractors were produced for the U.S. and Allied governments during World War I.

June 16, 1919 - Colorado
A Holt 5-Ton Caterpillar Tractor climbs Pikes Peak.

A Holt 5-Ton Caterpillar Tractor was the first tractor to successfully navigate the 20 miles up to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. In doing so, it also established a new record by reaching the highest point - 14,109 feet - at which any tractor had ever been operated up to that point in time.

1921-1922 - Europe
Many Holt tractors and hundreds of Caterpillar machines help construct the Rhine-Main-Danube Waterway.

May 31-June 9, 1928 - U.S. to Australia
A Caterpillar Sixty Tractor pulls the Southern Cross to the runway in Oakland, California, to start the first ever trans-Pacific flight.

On May 31, 1928, a gasoline-powered Caterpillar Model Sixty Tractor pulled a Fokker F.VIIb trimotor monoplane known as the Southern Cross from the hanger to the runway at the airport in Oakland, California. Piloted by Australian avaiator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew, the Southern Cross then took off on the first ever trans-Pacific flight from the U.S. to Australia. With only brief stops for fuel in Hawaii and Fiji, the Southern Cross landed in Brisbane, Australia on June 9th - covering 7,400 miles during the 8 ½ day journey. A few years after that first trans-Pacific flight and with several other flight records to their name, Sir Smith and the Southern Cross came back to Oakland for a celebration. This time, a gasoline-powered Caterpillar Model Fifteen Tractor handled the plane at the airport.

1929
The Soviet Grain Trust purchases 2,050 Caterpillar machines.

The Soviet Grain Trust farming organization purchased 1,300 Caterpillar tractors and 750 Holt Caterpillar combined harvesters for use on its large farm cooperatives. This sale helped to keep Caterpillar's factories busy during the Great Depression.

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1930's

1930-1939 - Belgium
Caterpillar tractors help construct the King Albert Canal.

Twelve of the first 25 Caterpillar Diesel Sixty Tractors (built during 1931and 1932) worked on this construction project.

1931-1936 - Nevada and Arizona
Caterpillar track-type tractors help construct the Hoover Dam.

Once the largest hydroelectric producer in the world, the Hoover Dam stands 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long. Contractors excavated 3.7 million cubic yards of rock and poured 4.36 million cubic yards of concrete to build the dam. The dam formed Lake Mead, which backs up 110 miles behind the dam and is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the U.S.

1932 - Louisiana
Five Caterpillar Diesel Sixty Tractors work on the Mississippi Levee construction project.

A contractor working on the Mississippi Levee ordered one of the first Diesel Sixty Tractors that came off the assembly line. He liked the performance of the machine so much, that he immediately ordered four more.

1933-1937 - San Francisco, California
Caterpillar machines help construct the Golden Gate Bridge.

1933-1943 - Oregon
Caterpillar machines help construct the Bonneville Dam.

For every one of a competitor's tractors in use on the Bonneville Dam, contractors used 19 Caterpillar tractors.

1934 - 1940 - Montana
Caterpillar machines help construct the Fort Peck Dam.

Twenty-one times as many Caterpillar machines as all other makes combined were at work on the Fort Peck Dam.

1934-1942 - Washington
Caterpillar machines help construct the Grand Coulee Dam.

1935-1938 - Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia
Caterpillar machines help construct the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

One hundred percent of the tractors used to construct the Delmarva Canal displayed the Caterpillar trademark.

1935-1938 - Ohio
Caterpillar machines help develop the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy district flood control project.

This project involved the relocation of several railroad lines and highways and the construction of 14 dams. Contractors used 164 Caterpillar machines and a number of Caterpillar engines on the project.

1936 - Quetta, India
Caterpillar machines clean up debris after a devastating earthquake strikes Quetta, India.

For a year after the quake in Quetta, India, people gathered debris by hand and used mules to haul it away. After the government brought in Caterpillar machines, work progressed quite rapidly, and new buildings were soon under construction.

1937 - Nova Scotia, Canada
Several Caterpillar machines aid a rescue operation at the Moose River Mine.

1937 - Washington
More than 20 Caterpillar machines help construct the Rosa Irrigation Canal.

1937 - 1980
Caterpillar machines work to build the Pan-American Highway that will link North and South America.

1937 - Iraq & Palestine
Caterpillar machines in large fleets are working on the Haifa-Baghdad Highway, an important link between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.

1937 - Wake and Midway Islands
Caterpillar equipment serves on the Wake and Midway Island Air Bases.

Three Caterpillar diesel electric sets were in use on each island powering the lights, refrigeration units and radio equipment for the Pan American Airline bases. Caterpillar tractors also hauled airplanes and supplies, set up windmills and performed other odd jobs around the islands.

1938 - New York
Caterpillar machines and engines help construct the fairgrounds and buildings for the 1939 World's Fair.

1938 - 1940 - Pennsylvania
Caterpillar machines help construct the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Caterpillar built 172 out of the 218 track-type tractors in use on the construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Caterpillar also built 17 of the 23 motor graders that contractors used on the project.

1938 - 1941 - California
Caterpillar machines help construct the Sepulveda Dam.

1939 - California
Nine Caterpillar tractors perform most of the leveling and landscaping on Treasure Island to prepare it for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition.

1939 - Holland, The Netherlands
Forty-five Caterpillar tractors work on the Zuider Zee Reclamation Project.

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1940's

1941-1945
Caterpillar provides support for the military during World War II.

When war came to the U.S. in December 1941, the U.S. government asked Caterpillar to increase production levels higher than the company had ever achieved before. With the help of its employees, Caterpillar met and exceeded the challenge. From 1942 to 1945, Caterpillar operated seven days a week, doubled its workforce, placed women on jobs in the foundry and assembly lines, manufactured special products, trained and sponsored enlisted men and built approximately 51,000 track-type tractors for the military.

1942 - Alaska
Caterpillar machines help construct the Alaskan Highway.

A land route connecting the continental U. S. to Alaska was built from 1942 to 1943. The Alaskan Highway, originally known as the Alcan Highway, stretched from Dawson's Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska - a distance of around 1,600 miles. Since the highway was seen as a critical military supply route, U.S. Army Engineers and civilian contractors built the highway as a joint project in order to speed up the highway's construction. Over 70% of the equipment used on this project during its original construction displayed the Caterpillar trademark. Today, the Alaskan Highway is still the only road that connects Alaska with the road systems of Canada and the rest of the continental United States.

1942-1944 - Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Canol Pipeline.

The Canol Pipeline was the first long-distance petroleum pipeline system constructed in the Arctic region of North America. The project was initiated during the early days of World War II when the military situation appeared critical. Fearing that submarines would sink oil tankers bound for Alaska, the governments of Canada and the United States agreed to build the pipeline to provide a more reliable oil supply to the northern region. Begun in 1942 and completed in 1944, the 620-mile pipeline route was abandoned in 1945. Plagued with operation problems, the Canol Pipeline still proved that construction projects on this magnitude could succeed despite the challenges provided by the Arctic environment.

1944-1956 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines help construct more than 70,000 miles of highways throughout the United States.

1946 - Hawaii
Caterpillar machines aid clean-up efforts following the Hilo Tidal Wave disaster.

1946-1956 - India
Caterpillar machines help construct the Hirakud Dam.

1947 - Ontario, Canada
Caterpillar engines and tractors work on the Ottawa River Hydroelectric Project.

1947-1985 - France
Caterpillar machines help construct various phases of the Rhone River Project.

1948-1953 - Montana
Caterpillar machines help construct the Hungry Horse Dam.

1948-1962 - South Dakota
Twenty Caterpillar D9 Tractors were ordered for use on the construction of the Oahe Dam.

1948-1963 - India
Caterpillar machines help construct the Bhakra Dam.

Contractors used more than 100 Caterpillar-built machines and diesel electric sets during the construction of the Bhakra Dam - amounting to around one-third of the equipment in use on the project.

1948-present - South Dakota
Caterpillar machines are in use around the construction site of the Crazy Horse Monument.

Construction began on the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota in 1948. Over the years, the monument's sculptors have used several models of Caterpillar track-type tractors, including a D4, two D6s, a D7, 2 D8s, and a D9. The monument remains under construction.

1949 - Ecuador
Caterpillar machines clear debris following a major earthquake during which whole villages disappeared.

1949-1974 - Australia
Caterpillar machines help construct the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme project.

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was one of the largest engineering projects ever undertaken. Consisting of 16 dams, seven power stations, and 225 kilometers of tunnels, pipelines, and aqueducts, the project took 25 years to complete. Several hundred Caterpillar machines were used just on the preliminary work alone.

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1950's

1950-1954 - Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway.

Contractors on this project desired to use nothing but Caterpillar equipment on the construction of this railway. By the end of 1951, 136 Caterpillar machines were in use on the project.

1950 - Winnipeg, Canada
Caterpillar diesel engines, tractors and scrapers play a role in recovery efforts following a disastrous flood.

1951-1952 - Greenland
Caterpillar machines and engines help construct and operate the U.S. Air Force Base at Thule.

More than 300 Caterpillar track-type tractors, motor graders, and wheel tractors along with over 100 Caterpillar diesel electric sets were in use at the Thule base.

1951-1953 - Venezuela
Caterpillar machines help construct the 10.5-mile-long Autopista superhighway through the Andes Mountains.

1952 - Ceylon
More than 100 Caterpillar machines work on the Gal Oya Valley Irrigation and Power Project.

Sixty-seven D8 Tractors were among the Caterpillar machines used to clear 300,000 acres and construct a dam.

1953 - England and Holland, The Netherlands
Caterpillar machines help clear debris and reconstruct roads and seawalls after flood waters damage areas of England and Holland.

1953 - India
Government officials purchase 93 new Caterpillar machines for a road development project in India.

1953-1954 - Sweden
Contractors use only Caterpillar tractors and motor graders during construction of the Autostradan highway.

Sweden's Prince Bertil autographed a Cat D7 at the Autostradan's dedication ceremony.

1954-1959 - U.S. and Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the St. Lawrence Seaway.

In a joint five-year effort, the U.S. and Canada constructed a 2,343-mile water route from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, Minnesota. Caterpillar built 75 percent of the crawler tractors and 80 percent of the motor graders used on the project. In addition, project contractors used many Caterpillar engines for various tasks around the job.

1954 - Uganda
Caterpillar machines help build the major dam and hydroelectric project at Owens Falls on the Victoria Nile.

1955-1956 - Antarctica
Caterpillar supplies specially designed equipment to the military for Operation Deep Freeze I.

Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) was the codename for a series of U.S. missions to Antarctica beginning in 1955. The reason behind the first mission was a scientific collaboration between 40 nations to carry out studies of the earth's environment. The ODF missions set up the American research stations in Antarctica and kept the stations supplied.
For ODF I, Caterpillar supplied 24 track-type tractors and 16 diesel electric sets specially built to survive constant temperatures of 65 degrees below zero. In fact, Caterpillar engineers specifically developed Low-Ground-Pressure (LGP) tractors for use in Antarctica. Most of these machines and engines were in use 24 hours a day.
For the first several years, Caterpillar track-type tractors were the only crawlers in Antarctica, and Caterpillar products are still supporting the stations today.

1955-1961 - France
Caterpillar machines help construct the Serre-Poncon Dam on the Durance River.

1955 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines aid recovery efforts on the East Coast following Hurricane Diane.

Caterpillar machines helped to restore communications, clean up debris, rebuild washed-out highways and railroads, and divert streams back into their original channels.

1955-1957 - California
Thirty-seven Caterpillar machines help construct the Dublin Canyon Freeway.

1956 - Melbourne, Australia
Caterpillar machines prepare sites for the 1956 Olympic Games.

1956-1957 - California
Caterpillar machines help build the Monticello Dam and Reservoir.

In preparation for the dam, Caterpillar machines cleared the 17,300 acres where the dam's reservoir was to form. The entire town of Monticello (including its cemetery) had to be relocated.

1956-1959 - Rhodesia
Caterpillar machines help construct the Kariba Gorge Hydroelectric Project.

All of the contractors on this project were extensive Caterpillar product users.

1956 - British Columbia, Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park.

1956-1957 - Antarctica
Caterpillar supplies additional equipment to the military for Operation Deep Freeze II.

Caterpillar machines helped construct roads and bases, hauled supplies, maintained airstrips and trails, dozed snow, and carried snow to melting units in order to produce drinking water. Caterpillar electric sets provided all of the power for heat and lights, communication systems, kitchens, radar and ground control approach systems, and the snow melting system for drinking water.
Because of the importance of Caterpillar's efforts on behalf of this project, Rear Admiral George J. Dufek, Commander of ODF, came to Peoria to inspect part of the shipment of Cat equipment and participated in several special events organized for the occasion. The City of Peoria organized a special display of Caterpillar equipment built for the project. A C-124 Globemaster cargo plane came to Peoria to pick up a shipment bound for Antarctica and a special ceremony was held at the Peoria airport to christen the plane as "The City of Peoria." Contest essays written by local school children and other Peoria-related items were placed in time capsule made from a Caterpillar D8 cylinder. This time capsule was buried at the South Pole with the instruction that it was to be opened in the year 2000. Attempts to locate the time capsule in 2000 were thwarted by the ice cap, which shifted and blanketed the area with more than ten feet of ice.

1956 - Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Trans-Canada Pipeline.

The 2,250-mile Trans-Canada Pipeline extended from Alberta to Montreal. Reportedly, Caterpillar built all of the new machines ordered for the project. One order in 1957 was for 51 Caterpillar tractors and 23 Caterpillar diesel engines.

1956-1972 - USA
Contractors use Caterpillar machines to build the Federal Interstate Highway System.

In 1956, the Federal-Aid Highway Act authorized the biggest public works project in world history, the U.S. interstate highway system. It started as a 41,000-mile project but expanded to 42,800 miles. Total cost has been approximately $130 billion. By conservative estimates, the interstate system has returned six dollars in economic productivity for every one dollar it cost to build.

1957-1961 - Sudan, Africa
Caterpillar machines help construct the Managil Irrigation Project.

Eighty-eight Caterpillar machines and three Caterpillar engines helped construct a 160-mile canal from the Blue Nile in an effort to turn 300,000 acres of desert land into fertile fields.

1957 - Hawaii
A Caterpillar D6 Tractor pulls the first undersea telephone cable between the U.S. and Hawaii ashore in the Hawaiian Islands.

1957-1958 - Antarctica
Caterpillar supplies additional equipment to the military for Operation Deep Freeze III.

1957 - Germany
Caterpillar machines help construct a section of the new Autobahn running between Frankfort and Nurnberg.

1957-1959 - Montana
Caterpillar machines help construct the Noxon Rapids Hydroelectric Project.

1958 - Brussels, Belgium
Caterpillar machines help build the World's Fair at Brussels.

Caterpillar equipment worked around the clock to prepare the 500-acre site and approaching highways for the World's Fair. According to the Cat dealer in Belgium, the construction of the fairgrounds required the greatest concentration of earthmoving equipment in the history of Europe (to that point in time).

1958 - Greenland
A Caterpillar D8 Tractor tows a C-47 cargo plane, wrecked in a crash landing, 200 miles over the Greenland Ice Cap.

1958 - Antarctica
Two Caterpillar D9 Tractors helped the U.S. Navy complete the first permanent airstrip on the Antarctica continent.

1958-1971 - Oregon
Caterpillar machines help construct the John Day Dam.

In 1963 alone, 475 Caterpillar machines (out of 500 total) worked at the dam.

1959-1965 - Surinam, South America
Twenty-five Caterpillar machines build access roads for the construction of the Brokopondo Development hydroelectric project.

1959 - Africa
Caterpillar machines help construct a railroad through an African jungle to open up mining opportunities in the region.

Fifty-six new Caterpillar machines - including D8s, D9s, DW20s Wheel Tractors with No. 456 Scrapers, No. 12 Motor Graders and No. 463 Scrapers - joined a fleet of older Caterpillar machines on a 180-mile railway construction project through a jungle in the province of Middle Congo. Many of these machines were used later to mine manganese in the region.

1959 - Montana
Caterpillar machines aid in emergency rescue and recovery efforts following an earthquake.

1959-1960 - Antarctica
Caterpillar machines continue to support Operation Deep Freeze.

A total of 143 Caterpillar machines and engines were in use at the various bases on Antarctica by 1960. Military officials visited Caterpillar to inspect additional equipment ready for shipment, as well as to discuss future needs for the Operation Deep Freeze.

1959-1968 - Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the South Saskatchewan Dam.

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1960's

1960 - California
Several Caterpillar machines support the Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California.

1961-1966 - Kobe, Japan
Nine Caterpillar machines are involved in the effort to push part of a mountain into the sea as part of the Kobe Bay Reclamation Project.

When contractors needed more machines for the project, Caterpillar machines won out over Komatsu machines after on-the-job competitive demonstrations.

1961-1967 - Pakistan
More than 500 Caterpillar machines help construct the Mangla Dam.

1961-1968 - California
Caterpillar machines help construct the Oroville Dam, one of the dams in the California Water Plan Project.

1961-1977 - Brazil
Caterpillar machines help construct the Urubupunga Hydroelectric Complex.

The Urubupunga Hydroelectric Complex contains two dams - the Jupia and the Ilha Solteira. Around 150 Caterpillar machines helped construct this complex.

1962-1977 - India and Pakistan
More than 450 Caterpillar machines work on one of the world's largest earthmoving projects - the Indus River Basin Project.

The Indus River Basin Project also included the Mangla and Tarbela Dams.

1962 - Santiago, Chile
Caterpillar machines are the only machines in use on the construction of the La Paloma Dam.

1963-1964 - Panama
Several Caterpillar machines help widen sections of the Panama Canal.

1963 - U.S.
Around 800 Caterpillar machines help construct the 2,600-mile-long New York-Houston Pipeline.

1963-1967 - California
A fleet of 150 Caterpillar machines help construct the San Luis Dam, one of the dams in the California Water Plan Project.

1963-1968 - British Columbia, Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Portage Mountain Dam / W. A. C. Bennett Dam for the Peace River Power Project.

A total of 129 Caterpillar machines worked on this project, including 40 D9 Tractors and 51 600-series wheel tractor-scrapers.

1963-1970 - New Zealand
Caterpillar machines help construct the Manapouri Hydroelectric Project.

Caterpillar machines dug tunnels, constructed underground powerhouses, and built access roads.

1963-1972 - Thailand
Caterpillar machines help construct the Sirikit Dam.

1963-1978 - Venezuela
Caterpillar machines help construct the Guri Dam / Raul Leoni Dam.

1963-1993 - South Africa
Over 300 pieces of Caterpillar equipment are working on the Orange River Scheme project.

This project included three major dams, nine smaller dams, 51.5 miles of tunnels and several hydroelectric power stations.

1964 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines are used to help install the first coast-to-coast underground telephone cable.

It took contractors five years to complete the 4,000-mile cable-laying project.

1964 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines aid recovery efforts after a flood covers areas of California, Oregon and Washington.

1964-1968 - Nigeria
Caterpillar machines help construct the Kainji Dam.

1964-1965 - New York
Hundreds of Caterpillar machines help construct the fairgrounds, buildings and highway improvements for the 1964-1965 World's Fair.

Around 185 Caterpillar machines and engines are at work at any one time during construction of the 1964-1965 World's Fair. Caterpillar also set up an exhibit at the fair which featured a 16-foot long D9 Tractor assembly, a D398 Engine crankshaft, a 10-foot tall wheel scraper tire, a 1673 Truck Engine and illuminated Caterpillar display sign - all of which attracted a lot of attention from fair goers.

1964-1965 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines helped construct several hundred launch sites for the Minuteman Missile System.

The Minuteman Missile System had around 1,000 missile sites in Missouri, South Dakota, North Dokota, Wyoming and Montana and Caterpillar machines assisted in the construction of hundreds of the launch sites. Contractors also installed over 150 Caterpillar diesel electric sets as standby power units for several of the sites.

1965 - California
Caterpillar machines work on the California Water Plan Project.

The California Water Plan Project, which included the San Luis and Oroville Dams, stretched for 826 miles. In addition to working on the dams, Caterpillar machines helped to relocate roads and railroad tracks and construct connecting waterways, canals, lakes, tunnels and pipelines.

1965 - California
Caterpillar machines help construct the Castaic Complex's freeway and water system.

This project included a 45-mile eight-lane freeway, the Castic Dam, the Pyramic Rock Dam, and numerous reservoirs, tunnels, and pipelines.

1965 - Newfoundland, Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Bay d-Espoir Hydroelectric Project.

1965 - Switzerland
Caterpillar machines help construct the Mattmark Dam.

1965-1967 - Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Duncan Dam.

1965-1968 - British Columbia, Canada
Twenty Caterpillar machines help construct the Arrow Dam / Hugh Keenleyside Dam.

1965-1968 - Australia
Caterpillar machines help construct the Blowering Dam.

The Blowering Dam was the second largest of the 10 dams constructed as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme project.

1966 - Philippines
Fifty Caterpillar machines help construct the Angat Dam.

1966-1967 - Italy, Austria, & Germany
Caterpillar machines help construct the Transalpine Pipeline.

As many as 250 Caterpillar pipelayers, track-type tractors and track loaders, plus many Caterpillar engines worked on the 280-mile project at any one time.

1966-1968 - Grenoble, France
Caterpillar machines help the people of Grenoble prepare for the 1968 Winter Olympic Games.

Caterpillar machines reshaped mountain slopes, built and improved roads, and prepared building sites.

1966-1973 - New York City, New York
Caterpillar machines are used on the construction of the World Trade Center complex.

In addition to the Caterpillar machines used on the construction phase of the World Trade Center complex, Caterpillar engines were installed to provide a power source for the completed complex.

1967 - Montreal, Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct and prepare sites for Canada's "Expo 67" World's Fair.

1967 - Nigeria, South Africa
Caterpillar machines are being used on a construction project that will result in a 117-mile long highway.

1967 - Manitoba, Canada
Caterpillar machines work on the construction of the Kettle Rapids Station portion of the Nelson River Power Project.

1967 - Iran and Russia
Caterpillar machines help build a 600-mile long pipeline running through Iran and Russia.

Contractors ordered 54 new Caterpillar machines that were added to the Caterpillar fleets already at work on the 42-inch pipeline project.

1967 - British Columbia, Canada
Thirty Caterpillar machines help construct the Duncan Dam.

1967 - Alberta, Canada
Caterpillar machines help with the first major commercial production of oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands.

More than 150 Caterpillar machines worked to build roads, prepare processing plant sites, remove overburden from the oil sands deposits and build a 266-mile long pipeline and a 165-mile long pipeline.

1967 - Australia
Forty-four Caterpillar machines and engines work on the construction of a 256-mile railroad between Mount Newman and Port Hedland.

1967-1968 - South America
Caterpillar machines and engines help construct the 193-mile long Trans-Andean pipeline.

1967-1971 - Labrador, Canada
More than 400 Caterpillar machines help construct the Churchill Falls Hydroelectric Complex.

1967-1973 - British Columbia, Canada
Twenty-two Caterpillar machines and five Caterpillar electric sets work on the construction of Mica Dam.

1968 - Canada
Contractors use Caterpillar machines to construct the Great Lakes Transmission Line, a 989-mile-long natural gas pipeline running from Manitoba to Ontario.

1968 - Ontario, Canada
Many Caterpillar machines work to relocate a section of the Welland Canal, an important link on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1968 - South Korea
Contractors put 222 Caterpillar machines to work building a new highway from Pusan to Seoul.

1968-1976 - Pakistan
Three hundred Caterpillar machines help construct the Tarbela Dam.

1969 - Mississippi
Caterpillar machines aid clean-up and repair efforts following Hurricane Camille.

1969 - U.S.
Caterpillar engines supply power for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Caterpillar engines supplied the power for communications between the Apollo 11 spacecraft and all of the NASA tracking stations around the world. Not only were these communications vital to the safe landing of the spacecraft, but also hearing Neil Armstrong's first words from the moon would not have been possible without the power provided by Caterpillar engines.

1969 - Pakistan
Seventy-one Caterpillar engines and fifteen Caterpillar machines work on a 58-mile-long highway project in Pakistan.

1969-1972 - Argentina
Caterpillar machines help construct the Portezuelo Grande Dam.

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1970's

1970 - Peru
Caterpillar machines work on various reconstruction projects following a major earthquake and landslide that devastated areas of Peru.

1970 - Panama
Fifty-one Caterpillar machines and engines help construct a new 20-mile expressway in Panama.

1970-1971 - Australia
Seventy-six Caterpillar machines work on a 60-mile extension of the Mount Newman-Port Hedland Ore Railroad.

1970-1972 - Ecuador
Fifty-one Caterpillar machines help construct a 320-mile-long pipeline.

1970-1972 - Alberta, Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Bighorn Dam.

1971 - Brazil
Sixty-two Caterpillar machines help construct the Salto Osorio Dam.

1971 - Peru
Eighty-nine Caterpillar machines help construct the Chira-Piura Dam.

1971 - Panama
Twenty-six Caterpillar machines help construct the Bayano Hydroelectric Project.

1971-1972 - Munich, Germany
Caterpillar machines prepare sites for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

1971-1973 - Brazil
A total of 216 Caterpillar machines play a key role in the construction of 2,760 miles of new highways for Brazil.

One of these highways was the Trans-Amazonica Highway.

1972 - Saskatchewan, Canada
Several Caterpillar machines help construct a 131-mile natural gas pipeline.

1972 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines and engines aid recovery efforts after devastating flooding following Hurricane Agnes, which hit the East Coast of the United States.

1972 - Mexico
A total of 420 Caterpillar machines help construct more than 660 dams as part of Mexico's Plan Benito Juarez.

1972-1977 - Alaska
More than 2,000 Caterpillar machines help construct the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.

The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline was one of the most difficult and costly construction projects ever attempted. Running 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez across three mountain ranges and 120 rivers and streams, the pipeline was built to withstand earthquakes, wind and extreme cold with a minimal impact on the local environment and wildlife populations. Two Caterpillar dealers - N.C. Machinery Co. and Fabick CAT - formed a joint venture to handle sales and service of Caterpillar machines on the mammoth construction project. As of 2006, the pipeline had transported more than 15 billion barrels of oil.

1972-1979 - Switzerland
Caterpillar machines help construct the Gotthard Road Tunnel.

1972 - 1987 - Quebec, Canada
Caterpillar machines work on the first phase of the James Bay Power Project.

Contractors used Caterpillar machines to construct four powerhouses, four dams, 21 spillways, six control structures, canals, lakes, 80 miles of dikes and 800 miles of roads. At certain stages, according to reports at the time, Caterpillar built 80 percent of the machines contractors used on the project.

1973-1978 - Brazil
Caterpillar machines help construct the Sao Simao Dam.

1973-1978 - Brazil
More than 50 Caterpillar machines help construct the Agua Vermelha Dam.

1974 - Alberta, Canada
Caterpillar machines are still in use for a variety of tasks at the Athabasca Oil Sands.

1974 - Hong Kong
A fleet of 56 Caterpillar machines helps construct the High Island Reservoir.

1974-1976 - Zaire, Africa
Sixty Caterpillar machines help clear the right-of-way for the Inga-Shaba Transmission System, a new 1,100-mile extra-high-voltage power line for Zaire.

1975 - Iran
Iran purchases 1,060 Caterpillar machines which will be used to improve the country's transportation and infrastructure systems.

1975-1983 - California
A fleet of 45 Caterpillar machines help construct the Warm Springs Dam.

1975-1984 - Brazil and Paraguay
Caterpillar machines participate in the construction of the Itaipu Hydroelectric Project, one of the largest hydroelectric projects ever undertaken.

1977-1983 - Paris, France
More than 200 Caterpillar machines help construct the first lines for the new Ligne a Grande Vitesse (high-speed train).

1978-1986 - Venezuela
More than 350 Caterpillar machines help with additional construction on the Guri Dam / Raul Leoni Dam.

When contractors completed the first phase of the project, they immediately began work on phases two and three, which enlarged the size of the original dam and added an additional powerhouse. Caterpillar supplied 95 percent of the equipment on the final two construction phases of the project.

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1980's

1980-1985 - France
More than 70 Caterpillar machines help construct the Grand Maison Hydroelectric Project.

1981 - California
Caterpillar machines work to relocate the 49-mile-long Coachella Canal.

1981-1982 - Canada & U.S.
More than 325 Caterpillar machines help construct the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System pipeline.

1982 - Jakarta, Indonesia
Nearly 70 Caterpillar machines and six Caterpillar engines help construct an airfield near Jakarta, Indonesia.

1982 - Knoxville, Tennessee
Caterpillar machines are busy preparing the site for the 1982 World's Fair.

1982-1984 - San Francisco, California
Caterpillar machines are working on the complete renovation of San Francisco's cable car system.

1983-1998 - Paraguay and Argentina
Caterpillar machines help construct the Yacyreta Dam.

By the end of 1984, 150 new Caterpillar machines were on the job and many more worked on the dam's construction before its completion in 1998.

1985 - 1990 - Turkey
More than 450 Caterpillar machines help construct the Ataturk Dam.

1985-1989 - China
Caterpillar machines help construct the Lubuge Hydroelectric Power Project.

1985 - 1991 - Manitoba, Canada
Caterpillar machines help construct the Limestone Generating System on the Manitoba Hydro project.

Caterpillar provided 100 percent of the new earthmoving equipment on the project.

1986-1988 - South Carolina
Caterpillar machines help construct the Bad Creek Dam.

1986-1993 - England & France
More than 100 Caterpillar machines are used to help construct the Chunnel.

1987-1989 - Paris, France
More than 80 Caterpillar machines help construct additional lines for the Ligne a Grande Vitesse.

Between 1977 and 1983, more than 200 Cat machines worked on the first lines for the new Ligne a Grande Vitesse (high-speed train) constructed between Paris and Lyon. The train quickly reached its full capacity, creating the need for an additional line from Paris to Le Mans and Tours. Construction on this new 160-mile rail line began in 1987, and took about two years to complete. More than 80 Cat machines helped to construct this new branch of the line and its 300 overpasses and 21 tunnels.

1987-1994 - Osaka, Japan
More than 200 Caterpillar machines work on the first phase of the Kansai International Airport, accounting for 70 percent of all earthmoving equipment on the project.

Due to concerns about noise pollution, it was decided to build Japan's Kansai International Airport as a marine airport approximately three miles offshore in Osaka Bay, One of the largest earthmoving projects in the world, it was the first attempt to build an airport more than a stone's throw from shore. The project required digging mainland soil, dumping it in the bay to form a two-square-mile island, building an airport and constructing a bridge to connect the island to the mainland. Construction began in 1987 and was completed in 1994. In 2003, work began to enlarge the island and build additional runways.

1989 - South Carolina
Caterpillar machines aid recovery efforts following Hurricane Hugo.

1989 - 2020 - Denver, Colorado
Several hundred Caterpillar machines help construct the new Denver International Airport.

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1990's

1991 - Kuwait
Around 700 Caterpillar machines help extinguish the 750 oil wells on fire in Kuwait.

When Coalition forces liberated Kuwait in February of 1991, they were confronted with one of the world's worst environmental disasters. More than six million barrels of oil had spilled into the sea off the Kuwait coast. In the oil fields nearly 750 wells had been set ablaze or were left gushing millions of gallons of crude onto the surrounding desert. Raging fires were consuming five million barrels of oil each day. Noxious black smoke hung over the country, filtering out the sun and turning day into night. Prevailing winds spread air-borne pollutants throughout the region to fall as acid rain in Saudi Arabia, Iran and even parts of the Indian sub-continent.
Within days after the liberation, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) aided by Bechtel Group organized the toughest and longest well blowout and firefighting operation in the history of the oil industry. The operation's ultimate success resulted from the fastest and largest peacetime mobilization of people and machinery ever seen. Caterpillar machines were the principle tools in this operation. By early November, a job which most people thought would take five years was completed.

1992 - Florida
Caterpillar machines aid recovery efforts following Hurricane Andrew.

1992 - Barcelona, Spain
Caterpillar generator sets provide primary and backup power for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

1992-1998 - Hong Kong
Over 300 Cat machines help build the new Hong Kong International Airport and 50 Caterpillar gen sets are later installed to provide ongoing standby power.

1993 - Washington
Ten Caterpillar machines are part of a fleet contractors are using to build the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway on Mount St. Helens.

This road connected several visitor centers and observatories built after the devastating erruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

1993 - U.S.
People battle the Mississippi River flood and its aftermath with the help of Caterpillar machines and engines, dealers and employees.

1993 - Boston, Massachusetts
Caterpillar machines are hard at work in Boston on a project known as the "Big Dig."

1993-2008 - China
Around 300 Caterpillar machines help construct the Three Gorges Dam.

1994 - Lillehammer, Norway
Caterpillar generator sets provide primary and backup power for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.

1994 - Mexico
Caterpillar machines help construct the Huites Hydroelectric Dam.

1994-1997 - California
More than 70 different Caterpillar products help construct the Seven Oaks Dam.

1995 - Panama
Caterpillar machines are in use on a Panama Canal widening project.

1995 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Within hours of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Caterpillar machines and generator sets and local dealer employees are on the scene to provide assistance.

Caterpillar machines and generators were an integral part of rescue efforts, clearing debris, and supplying power for everything from the medical examiner's tent to the elevator used to take rescue workers up the side of the building.

1995 - Brazil
One hundred and four Caterpillar machines help construct the Paulinia-Brasilia Polyduct pipeline.

1995-1998 - Toronto, Canada
Caterpillar machines help build Highway 407, a new 42-mile six-lane freeway around Toronto.

1996-2000 - California
Caterpillar machines work on the Eastside Reservoir project.

1997 - Turkey
Caterpillar machines help construct the Dalaman Akkopru Dam.

1997-1998 - Brazil
Several hundred Cat machines help construct the Fernao Dias Highway.

1998 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Nearly 120 Caterpillar machines work to reroute Interstate 15 in time for the opening of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

1998-2002 - Tocantins, Brazil
Caterpillar machines help construct the Luis Eduardo Magalhaes Hydroelectric Power Plant.

1999
Caterpillar machines aid disaster recovery efforts following several natural disasters that occurred around the world.

1999 - Antarctica
Caterpillar machines are still providing base support for the American research bases established on Antarctica in the 1950s.

1999 - Canada
Nearly 400 Cat machines help construct the 351-mile Canadian portion of the Maritimes & Northeast natural gas pipeline.

Running from Nova Scotia through New Brunswick and into Maine and Massachusetts where it links into another pipeline, the entire Maritimes & Northeast pipeline stretches for 653 miles.

1999-2006 - Atlanta, Georgia
More than 100 Caterpillar machines help with the expansion of the Hartsfield International Airport.

The expansion of the Hartsfield International Airport included a new runway and terminal and a new monorail system.

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2000's

2000-2003 - Luzon, Phillippines
More than 200 Caterpillar machines and gen sets help construct the San Roque Multipurpose Project.

2000-2005 - Nagoya, Japan
More than 60 Caterpillar machines help construct an artificial island for the new Chubu International Airport.

2001 - Antarctica
Caterpillar supplies three new gen sets to Operation Deep Freeze for a new research base on Antarctica.

In addition to the gen sets, the station utilizes a 307B hydraulic excavator, a T103 telehandler, a Challenger 55, 953 and 955 track loaders and D7H LGP and D6D LGP track-type tractors.

2001 - U.S.
Within hours of the terrorist attack on September 11, Caterpillar joins forces with Caterpillar dealers to provide machines, power and people for the rescue and relief efforts.

In the days following the attack, most of the equipment at Ground Zero was manufactured by Caterpillar.

2001 - Brazil
Caterpillar ships 760 megawatts of electrical generating power to Brazil to help relieve power shortages in that country.

Caterpillar shipped 760 megawatts of electrical generating power to Brazil as part of a massive one gigawatt distributed generation project to relieve electric power shortages. With 90 percent of Brazil's power coming from drought-stricken hydroelectric plants - and mandatory rationing imposed by the Brazilian government - this was the largest electric power project ever undertaken by Caterpillar anywhere in the world to that point in time.

2001-2004 - Athens, Greece
Caterpillar machines help prepare Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games.

Contractors and their Caterpillar machines worked non-stop to finish construction of 36 Olympic venues, a new airport, more than 120 miles of new and upgraded roads and 35 miles of light rail.

2002-2014 - Switzerland
More than 50 different Caterpillar machine models help construct the Gotthard Base Tunnel, part of the AlpTransit Project.

2002 - U.S.
Nearly 220 Caterpillar machines help build a natural gas pipeline from Wyoming to Southern California.

2002 - South Korea and Japan
Caterpillar generator sets provide uninterrupted power for the 2002 World Cup soccer match for the duration of the event.

2002-2006 - Iceland
More than 100 Cat machines help build the Karahnjukar Hydropower Project under construction in Iceland.

2003 - Malaysia
More than 100 Caterpillar machines help construct the Bakun Dam.

2003 - Paris, France
More than 600 Caterpillar machines help construct additional lines for the Ligne a Grande Vitesse.

Between 1977 and 1983, more than 200 Cat machines worked on the first lines for the new Ligne a Grande Vitesse (high speed train) constructed between Paris and Lyon. From 1987-1989, more than 80 Cat machines were involved in constructing an additional 160-mile rail line from Paris to LeMans, along with its 300 overpasses and 21 tunnels. In 2003, Cat machines once again played a role in the construction of France's high-speed rail network when contractors used more than 600 Cat machines to construct a 280-mile line from Paris to Strasbourg.

2003 - U.S.
Caterpillar provides the majority of power generation and dealer support during the largest power outage in U.S. history (to this date).

More than 300 backup generators and two megawatt trailer units were trucked to cities such as New York, Cleveland and Detroit to get them up and running again. Trading on Wall Street was uninterrupted thanks to Cat power.

2003-2010 - Arizona & Nevada
Caterpillar machines help construct a bypass highway near the Hoover Dam to replace the original highway that runs over the dam.

2004 - Indian Ocean Tsunami
Caterpillar machines and dealer personnel assist with cleanup and relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Asia-Pacific region.

2004-2008 - Beijing, China
Caterpillar machines help construct different sites that will be used for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

2004-2010 - Shanghai, China
Caterpillar machines help build the infrastructure Shanghai needs to host the 2010 World's Fair and Exposition.

2004-2014 - Romania
Cat machines help construct the 588-kilometer-long Transylvania Motorway.

When complete, the Transylvania Motorway will connect Bucharest with Oradea. Contractors used 135 Cat machines to construct just one 258-mile segment of the four-lane highway that featured over 300 bridges, 70 overpasses and 19 interchanges.

2005 - U.S.
Caterpillar and its dealer network respond with people, products, and financial aid to help with recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

2005 - Alberta, Canada
Continuing work begun in 1967, Caterpillar machines are still working in the Athabasca Oil Sands.

At this point in time, there are around 500 pieces of Caterpillar equipment belonging to 20 different companies working in the oil sands. The world's largest fleet of 797 mining trucks (100 total) is working around the clock hauling oil sand to facilities for processing.

2005 - India
A fleet of 220 Caterpillar machines and gen sets works on the 3,625 miles of a four-to-six lane highway known as the Golden Quadrilateral.

2006 - U.S.
Caterpillar machines play a major part in the construction of the 300-mile-long Entrega Pipeline.

The Entrega Pipeline was the first stage of the Rockies Express Pipeline. Stretching from Wyoming to Ohio, the 1,663-mile Rockies Express Pipeline will connect Rocky Mountain natural gas reserves to consumers on the East Coast. Caterpillar's involvement goes beyond construction equipment. Solar gas turbines, Gas Caterpillar Motoren (GCM) compression engines (Entrega is the first new mainline pipeline to use GCM engines), Cat Financial services and 6 Sigma-enhanced strategic support planning were key elements of the project. The completed pipeline will utilize Solar's InSight System machinery management solution enabling real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance to maximize performance and minimize costs.

2006 - South Korea
Thirty-four Caterpillar machines help complete the Saemangeum Seawall - the world's longest earthen seawall.

2007 - Russia
Cat machines help construct the 1,100-kilometer Yamal-Ukhata pipeline.

Russia's Yamal-Ukhta pipeline is part of a planned 2,500-kilometer gas transportation system built in one of the world's most extreme climates.

2007-2014 - Panama
Cat machines help construct the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Contractors used 75 Cat machines on just the first two phases of the six-phase project. When complete, the new single-lane, three-step lock system will allow the Panama Canal to accommodate vessels that are not currently transiting the waterway due to their large size.

2008-2011 - Saudi Arabia
Over 400 new Caterpillar machines help construct a 2,400-kilometer rail line through the Nafud Desert in Saudi Arabia.


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