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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.

Did You Know Caterpillar Had a Baby?


1912 - Holt Caterpillar introduced its first “baby” to the public. Read more about this fascinating story from our historical collection.

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STEAMROLLING THE COMPETITION


c. 1968 - Concept model of a Cat® paving compactor created by Industrial Design.

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BARLOWORLD: CELEBRATING 90 YEARS


1927 - 90 years ago, Charles Barlow, negotiated the appointment of Thos. Barlow & Sons as the Cat® distributor for the Natal and the then Transvaal regions in South Africa. Since then, Barloworld Equipment has grown to become part of a multinational brand distribution company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and are the sole dealer for Cat® machines in southern Africa.

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CATERPILLAR ANTIQUE IN INDIA


2016 – Caterpillar tractors have been working in India for over 100 years. This antique is on display outside our facility in Thiruvallur, India.

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