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Our Legacy

The history of Caterpillar is all about doing: creating, building, problem solving, innovating, testing, servicing and improving. Enjoy the ingenious machines from our rich heritage, and more importantly, the people who founded and built the company one breakthrough at a time. Beginning with Benjamin Holt and C. L. Best, the people of Caterpillar have always been – and continue to be – extraordinary.

Empowering The World With Energy From Caterpillar


1981-2016 - 35th Anniversary of the Cat® 3500 Engine Platform

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Our R&D Is In The Bag


c. 1960 - Bag used by the Caterpillar Research Department, Peoria, Illinois.

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Safety Is Our No.1 Business


c. 1960 - Caterpillar Australia Plant celebrates a safety milestone.

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Home Front


1942 - Caterpillar employee displays a "bushing puller" for which he received the Army E Award for Design during World War II.

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