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Caterpillar’s rich 102-year relationship with Russia dates back to May 1913, when the Holt 60 track-type tractor was exhibited in the St. Petersburg IV Auto Show.
The Holt 60 also competed in the Auto Show’s plowing contest, held in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. It won all first-prize gold medals against eight contenders – five German and three American tractors – despite losing a portion of its carburetor in the middle of the competition.
The exhibition established a long-term relationship between Holt (and subsequently Caterpillar) and Russia that lasted even after the fall of the Czars. The Russian Army bought machines for testing and used Holt Crawlers during WWI to carry weapons and supplies. A total of 80 machines were sold to Russia by the end of 1918, and sales to the USSR during the Great Depression helped stabilize American factories during tough economic times.
Caterpillar now has five offices in Eurasia (four located in Russia) with more than 600 employees. We also have 20 dealers in Eurasia (nine located in Russia) with 120 locations employing roughly 5,300 personnel and covering 100% of the territory. There are approximately 27,000 Cat machines and 14,000 power units in Russia.
Communications Representative Elina Davydova explained, “Winning in Russia is critical to Caterpillar's global leadership. Caterpillar has always been viewed as a reliable and a responsible company that believes in engagement and is taking extraordinary steps to support its Russian customers, employees and dealers.”
As Caterpillar strives for another 90 years, Russia will continue to be a key element of that success.