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.
Over the last century we’ve grown with our customers. We’ve changed together as the world has changed: creating, building, problem solving, innovating, testing, servicing and improving. When customers choose our products, services and solutions today, they also gain nearly 100 years of experience and expertise.
Our Corporate Archives team has the important role of telling, preserving and showcasing Caterpillar’s history and the role our equipment, customers and people have played in projects around the world.
1925 - The electric rope shovels Caterpillar sells today have been leaders in the industry for almost 140 years. While they haven’t always been Caterpillar yellow, they set the standard for efficiency and reliability in the mining industry. This shovel was manufactured under the Erie brand name.
1913 – Always looking for ways to provide superior services, the Holt Manufacturing Company sold a wide variety of lubricants under the Caterpillar trademark. 1985 – Since the beginning, Caterpillar dealers have provided superior parts and service to their customers.