Caterpillar employees often have an opportunity to impact change as they are the minds and innovation behind the products and services that help our customers build a better world.
In 2016, as the 35th anniversary of the 3500 engine and launch of the new 3500E was fast approaching, the product manager and marketing team worked to determine what could be done to celebrate both occasions, while somehow doing something for the greater good. To mark this occasion the team ultimately decided to donate a 3500 genset to a non-profit that could demonstrate significantly social good through the donation. The 3500 is one of Cat’s most powerful engines, and has the ability to power a 500 bed hospital or up to2,000 households in a developing country.
St. Luke’s Foundation for Haiti was chosen out of a potential 40 other non-for-profit organizations to receive a 3500 genset which would provide reliable power to support their mission of education, healthcare, and dignified humanitarian outreach to over 150,000 people per year.
During a typical week, the Foundation’s medical staff sees more than 1,200 patients and employs more than 1,000 Haitian staff. Men, women and children, travel throughout the impoverished island by foot, bicycle or a packed pick-up truck to one of the Foundation’s centers to receive access to lifesaving healthcare.
“Seeing this idea to come life and knowing the engine donation will positively impact more than 150,000 people a year for the next the 35 years is pretty amazing. I feel inspired that Caterpillar was invested in and willing to support the donation of this product to the foundation,” said Juli Ierulli, Caterpillar Marketing Manager.
“While most people know Caterpillar for our construction or mining equipment, we have a long history of providing power for a wide variety of customers around the world – power that is a critical enabler of opportunity,” said Tana Utley, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division. “When one of our engines is put into service it helps to advance the lives and livelihoods of people in every corner of the world.”
The generator which was machined and assembled in Lafayette, Indiana with components built in Mapleton and Pontiac, Illinois, was shipped to Port au Prince from the Lafayette facility. During Lafayette’s 35-year anniversary celebration, the generator was on display and employees and their families had the opportunity to take pictures with it, and also put their handprints on the tarp that shipped with the product. The message accompanying the shipment from Lafayette said, “From Our Hands to Yours.”
Now in Port au Prince, the generator will be serviced by the local Cat Dealer, Haytrac. The dealership has been providing Cat products and services to the people of Haiti for more than sixty years.